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Designated smoking areas rather than smoke-free campus

On Oct. 18, McGill sent an email to students detailing a policy proposal on the movement towards a smoke-free campus. The proposal states that the Downtown Campus will prohibit smoking on the premises—aside from the Upper Residences, which will have a designated smoking area. I am not a smoker. With that in mind, I still… Keep Reading

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Public consultation held to discuss campus-wide smoking ban at McGill

On Sept. 25, a town hall meeting was held to discuss McGill’s potential transition to a smoke-free campus. According to plebiscites run by both the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) and the Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) in 2016, 73 per cent of undergraduate students and 77 per cent of graduate students would like a… Keep Reading

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Lighting up the path to a smoke-free campus

Between the congregation of smokers found in front of Leacock and the countless cigarette butts littered near Roddick Gates, it is not difficult to spot nicotine use at McGill. In a way, smoking is accepted as a regular part of campus life. The Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU), however, recently released a motion concerning… Keep Reading

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SSMU Council sees controversy over involvement in new student federations

At its Jan. 27 Council meeting, the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) clarified questions regarding their involvement in forming two new provincial student federations: The Union Étudiante du Québec (UÉQ) and the Association pour la Voix Étudiante au Québec (AVÉQ). Council additionally took an early step toward establishing a smoke-free campus, and renewed its… Keep Reading

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University Health and Security Committee to review smoking policy

McGill University’s smoking policy will be up for review by the University Health and Security Committee (UHSC), which may include discussion of a smoke-free campus. The current policy specifies that all smoking must be at least nine metres from any building entrance in order to comply with Bill 112, which was passed in Quebec in… Keep Reading

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