The University’s move to become a Smokefree campus

The University’s move to become a Smokefree campus

The University of Leeds has now taken the first step towards becoming a Smokefree campus.

Would you like to arrange a presentation about the move to be a Smokefree campus at your local meetings? Contact the Smokefree team using the online Smokefree Campus form.

Get involved:

  • Share one of the two 60 second videos produced by students as part of a University-wide competition to inform students about the move to be a Smokefree campus. See the fantastic winning entries here:

  1. Video 1
  2. Video 2

  • If you have questions, concerns, wish to support the move or want to quit smoking, fill out the Smokefree Campus form.

Why are we going Smokefree?

  • The University is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff, students and visitors.
  • We have an opportunity to act as role model to young people, inspiring a future Smokefree generation and supporting the Breathe 2025 campaign – if a young person does not take up smoking by the age of 26 they are much less likely to become a smoker.
  • As a research institution which also trains healthcare professionals, we know that smoking is the biggest cause of preventable death in England; if people never take it up as a habit (or choose to quit) there are many health benefits.
  • We are reflecting the changes in wider society – the rate of smoking is reducing nationally and only 14.4% of adults are classified as current smokers.
  • We are aligning with the city partnerships to move towards a Smokefree culture and environment for all.

What we’re doing

• Every day between 8am and 6pm, the University asks people not to smoke outdoors on the Smokefree campus.

• You can still vape outdoors as Public Health England sees it an aid to quit smoking.

• Smoking or vaping inside University buildings including entrances, covered walkways and doorways, or in vehicles when used for University business, is still prohibited.

Where is the Smokefree campus?

It covers all outdoor space on:

Main campus including LUU and all space within the boundaries of: Woodhouse Lane, Clarendon Road, Mount Preston Street, Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and the inner ring road.

Leeds University Business School, (LUBS). 

Fairbairn House.

University-owned and managed Residences and sports grounds e.g. Sports Park Weetwood, Bodington Playing Fields.

For more information see the updated Smoking policy, the FAQs and the map of the Smokefree campus.