The University is required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees whilst at work. This includes provision of a working environment that is safe and without risk to health. Passive smoking is a known cause of disease: people who do not smoke tobacco products have a 10-30% increased risk of dying from lung cancer if they are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke. Thus tobacco smoke is classified as a Group A carcinogen, a substance known to cause cancer in humans. There is no recognised safe level of exposure to Group A carcinogens. Therefore, everyone breathing air contaminated with tobacco smoke is being placed at an unacceptable level of risk of dying from lung cancer.

No Smoking Areas

In accordance with the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act, smoking is prohibited:

  1. within University Buildings;
  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.

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.


Heads of Department/School 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. Line managers in accordance with University policy will monitor time management issues relating to smoking breaks.


Any breach of this policy will constitute a disciplinary offence. People smoking tobacco products in prohibited areas (see Item 2) are required to give a civil and courteous response when asked to extinguish them.

Complaint procedure

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

Smoking cessation

General Practitioners provide information, support and advice on smoking cessation.