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For anyone who missed it… Smoking is not permitted on campus

Published on 12-02-2024 11:00
The UvA wishes to provide all staff and students with a healthy, smoke-free study and work environment. Moreover, smoking is not permitted anywhere on any of our campuses. Despite our efforts, however, it seems that some people still find this unclear. To address this, we have added a 'few' extra signs around the campuses this year. Have you spotted them yet?
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Prohibited by law 

Smoking on school grounds is prohibited by law. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) monitors compliance with this and will fine the UvA in case of a violation. Such fines can cost us tens of thousands of euros, and we would rather spend that money on your degree programme.  

Signs you can't ignore

Through various posters, sidewalk tiles and signs, we are making it abundantly clear that the campus is entirely smoke-free. However, some students and staff continue to disregard the smoking ban. In an effort to make a statement, we have opted for a slightly more playful approach this year. At the Oude Manhuispoort, Roeterseilandcampus and Science Park the 'signs' are impossible to ignore. 

Be friendly to security

If you are smoking in a prohibited area, security will call you to account. If the security guard deems it necessary, they may write down your details. Be friendly to security, do not enter into a discussion and follow their instructions.  

Call each other to account 

If you see someone smoking on campus, kindly ask them to do this somewhere else. We are all responsible for a smoke-free environment. Security should not have to enforce this rule all by themselves.  

Thanks for your cooperation. We're counting on you! 


The no-smoking policy is part of our Rules, regulations and codes of conductExternal link.  

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the FS Service Desk via servicedesk-fs@uva.nlExternal link or +31 (0)20 - 525 1403.