The University of Guelph’s main campus aims to become smoke-free in spring 2019. We’re helping build a healthy campus for everyone in our community.

“The University of Guelph takes a whole-person approach to health and well-being and strives to be a health-promoting university. I am pleased that we are joining other Canadian universities and public institutions in going smoke-free, demonstrating our commitment to a healthy future for our students, faculty and staff .”

- President Franco J. Vaccarino, PhD FCAHS
Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable disease and death in the province, killing about 13,000 Ontarians each year.

Research shows smoke-free policies:

  • make it easier for smokers to quit
  • help keep people from starting the habit
  • protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke

The smoke-free U of G initiative is supported by the smoke-free campus advisory committee. The committee's terms of reference are below.


The University of Guelph respects the sacred role of tobacco and other traditional medicines in First Nations and Métis spiritual and cultural practices. By becoming a smoke-free campus, we hope to reduce the use of commercial tobacco products while supporting the efforts of Aboriginal communities to keep tobacco sacred.