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Do you smoke? Make sure you read our Smoking Policy

28 November 2012

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If you smoke, it's important that you're familiar with our Smoking Policy. We've also summarised the key points of the policy below.

No smoking in enclosed places

  • The Health Act 2006 bans smoking in enclosed places to which the public have access in England and Wales, and therefore all University premises are designated as no smoking.
  • Smoking is not permitted in any enclosed areas, whether internal or external, including courtyards or University vehicles.

No smoking near entrances

Smoking is also not permitted near the entrances to University buildings. The reason for this is both to allow staff, students and visitors to get in and out of the buildings without being subjected to significant smoke, and to prevent smoke entering offices and teaching spaces when windows are open.


As a responsible University and employer, we need to ensure that no employee or student is forced into passive smoking as part of their normal working day.

Therefore, all members of staff and students are responsible for complying with the policy, and persistent offenders are subject to the published University disciplinary procedures.

Under the Health Act 2006, offenders can also be fined £50 if they are found smoking on smoke-free premises. If this is unpaid, they could face a fine of up to £200 and criminal prosecution.

Want to give up smoking?

We’re happy to help - simply contact one of the two Student Health Centres at Marylebone and Harrow campuses and they’ll be able to offer support.

The NHS Stop Smoking Service is also a great resource with free tips and advice. You can call the service on 0800 022 4 332.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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