Smoking Policy

Updated on 4 November 2009

How the University fulfils the requirements of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 and minimises exposure to second hand smoke.

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Policy statement

The University of Dundee will fulfil the requirements of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005. It will also take all reasonable steps to minimise exposure to second hand smoke (or passive smoking) as required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 since such exposure may cause lung cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.


No smoking areas

Smoking is prohibited:

  1. within University buildings including Residences
  2. at entrances to University buildings
  3. within vehicles owned and operated by the University
  4. within private or leased vehicles used during University business to transport a University employee or student who does not smoke tobacco products
  5. anywhere within NHS managed premises

Smoking is permitted a reasonable distance (i.e. 6m) away from a building to ensure that tobacco smoke does not enter into the building by any means.


This policy applies to all staff, students, visitors and contractors.


Deans/ Directors are responsible for ensuring that staff, students, visitors and contractors are made aware of this Policy, and that they comply with its requirements.


This Policy forms part of the University’s Health and Safety Policy and non-compliance will lead to disciplinary procedures for staff, students and Contractors.

If visitors are found smoking within University Buildings then any member of staff should ask them politely to smoke outside. If they refuse then explain to them that they, and the University could be fined under the 2005 Act, and ask them to leave. If the situation escalates then staff should move away and contact Security.

Complaint procedure

Staff wishing to register a complaint regarding non-compliance with this Policy should contact first their Dean/Director. If this complaint is not dealt with to their satisfaction, staff should contact University Safety Services via their School / Department Safety Representative.

Smoking cessation

The University Health Service provides information about smoking cessation for staff and students, and the Occupational Health Service provides information for staff.

Other sources of support are:

  • Smokeline 0800 848484
  • GP surgeries

This policy was approved by HR Committee on 4 Nov 2009 and will be reviewed annually by Safety Services.

Document information

Document name

Safety Policy Arrangement 20-2002 (rev 2010) No Smoking Policy

Policy number



Safety Services

Corporate information category Health and safety