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Take Action

Speak up, take action, and help your campus become part of the tobacco-free movement!

Check out this video that Dr. Lawrance (Director of Leave The Pack Behind) created about some common questions and misconceptions around tobacco and smoke-free campus policies.


Key Messages:

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1Day Stand

Leave The Pack Behind and Public Health partners encourage post-secondary campuses in Ontario to take a 1Day Stand.

What? 1Day Stand calls upon institutions to adopt a tobacco-free policy for one day.

Why? By hosting a 1Day Stand event on campus, this can start a conversation that could end in a healthier campus for all.

How? Make your post-secondary campus tobacco-free for a day:

  • Encourage students who use tobacco to quit for the day, with an aim to quit for good.
  • Get students’ opinions towards tobacco use on campus.
  • Raise awareness of the benefits of tobacco-free campus policies.
  • Promote the adoption of permanent tobacco-free policies.

When? Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Get started! Here is a toolkit of information for executing a 1Day Stand on your campus with suggested activities and social media messages.

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Useful Resources

This section provides key resources and information to support champions at post-secondary institutions to strengthen their tobacco control policy. If you are interested in more information about tobacco control bylaws in your city/region, refer to your local Public Health Unit.

NEW! Making Campuses Tobacco-Free: A Student Guide to Action. The aim of this guide is to provide important information and increase support for the creation of tobacco-free polices at post-secondary campuses across Ontario. This guide outlines what a tobacco-free campus can look like using examples from colleges and universities in Canada and elsewhere. It also summarizes four key messages about tobacco use on campus to support and encourage students and other stakeholders to become leaders in these efforts.

Tobacco-Free Campus Guide This guide provides information to increase support for, and improve, tobacco-free measures on Canadian post-secondary campuses. It outlines how to develop, implement, and support a comprehensive tobacco-free campus. For more information on how-to implement a tobacco-free policy on your campus, please refer to the Tobacco-Free Campus Guide.

Gold Standard Tobacco Policy Writing a clear and concise tobacco policy is vital to ensuring that members of the campus community can understand and comply with the policy. For help with this, read Leave The Pack Behind’s “Gold Standard” Tobacco Control Policy for Post-Secondary Campuses.

Environment Scan of Ontario’s 44 Public Colleges and Universities Each year, Leave The Pack Behind monitors the state of tobacco control policies across all 44 publicly-funded Ontario post-secondary institutions. For more information, see the current (2016-17) environmental scan.

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Supporting On-Campus Policy Change

Leave The Pack Behind has experience, knowledge and the resources to support your campus in developing a strong tobacco control policy.

Leave The Pack Behind will work with interested campus personnel to improve policy strength and enforcement. If you are interested in spearheading policy advocacy work on your campus with the support of Leave The Pack Behind, please contact us.

If your campus is working towards policy change, please keep us in the loop!