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Policy Development Process


In Fall 2018, a Clean Air Steering Committee was formed to explore the policies, procedures and supports required to support the transition to a smoke-free campus. Following are the committee's Terms of Reference and membership composition. 




Risk and Safety Services, at the direction of the Office of the Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) and the Office of the Principal, has established a Clean Air Steering Committee to explore what is needed to make Queen’s campus smoke-free, focusing on all products that would be consumed by inhalation, and to develop the policies, procedures and the employee and student supports that will be required.

  1. To ensure Queen’s University adheres to all relevant local, provincial and federal regulations pertaining to the use of smoking products.
  2. To make recommendations on strategies that reduce exposure to second-hand smoke, informed by research studies related to smoking reduction.
  3. To summarize and recommend best practices to Queen’s administration regarding clean air strategies employed by other universities, especially North American institutions.
  4. To consult with the broader campus community to better understand the effects of smoking on campus.
  5. To ensure adequate access to education and smoking cessation supports and resources that aid users to reduce/stop/avoid the consumption of smoking products.
    • Conduct an inventory of existing support services (Employee and Family Assistance Program, Kingston community resources, student wellness resources, etc.) and make recommendations to Queen’s administration regarding additional supports required.
    • Identify and communicate available addiction and mental health support resources for individuals impacted by a smoke-free policy.
  6. To identify any appropriate exemptions or allowances needed in respecting medical or cultural considerations.
  7. To develop policies and procedures that address the above items.
    • Recommend a timeline for implementation.
  8. Develop a communications plan, in collaboration with University Relations and other partner departments, to comprehensively inform the Queen’s community using supportive and compassionate language, of the implications of becoming a smoke-free campus

Steering Committee Membership

Chair: Kim Murphy, Executive Director, Risk and Safety Services



B. Blackett

Health Promotion Coordinator, Student Wellness Services

J. D'Aurizio

Student Peer Health Educator

E. Eisenhauer

Professor Emerita

M. Erdman

Acting Director, Media Relations and Issues 

J. Hill

Associate Vice-Principal, Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation

D. Langham

Director, Department of Environmental Health & Safety

V. Linton

Public Health Promoter
Substance Use, Mental Health, and Injury Prevention Team KFL&A Public Health

M. Martinez

AMS President 

J. McNaughton

Senior Labour Relations Advisor, Faculty Relations

T. Morrison

SGPS President

H. Shields

Director of Employee and Labour Relations

L. Winger

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs