Hogeschoollaan location fully smoke-free from 15 April

10 December 2018

The Executive Board has agreed to the plan to make the Avans location on Hogeschoollaan in Breda smoke-free from 15 April 2019. In January, this plan will be put to the Avans Joint Consultative Council for approval.

Jacomine Ravensbergen explains the Board’s decision: “We believe it is important to be able to work and study at Avans in a healthy environment. This means entering buildings without having to walk through smoke and being less tempted to smoke. We also want to protect non-smokers against the damaging effects of passive smoking.

Our aim is to shape this plan together with staff and students, so that we can encourage smokers to quit smoking. We want to provide the best support possible.”

The new policy on smoking is part of Avans’s vitality plan, which has themes such as sustainability and health at its core. Avans is the first university of applied sciences in the south of the Netherlands to make both the building and grounds completely smoke-free.

Pilot project at Hogeschoollaan

The Avans campus on Hogeschoollaan in Breda will be 100% smoke-free from 15 April 2019. Hogeschoollaan has been chosen for this pilot project because the boards of the schools based there had already signed a manifesto before the summer, advocating a smoke-free Avans. Students running Green Office are also pushing for a smoke-free environment.

In Breda, Avans is partnering up with the nearby Amphia hospital and De Nassau secondary school. Amphia seeks to become smoke-free in the spring of 2019 and De Nassau from the new school year.

The project’s evaluation points will also inform our approach for the other Avans campuses in Breda, 's-Hertogenbosch, Tilburg and Roosendaal. The goal is to have all Avans campuses smoke-free by 2020.

Share your thoughts

Help us to ensure smoke-free Avans is a success. Join in the conversation, contribute ideas, and discuss it with each other to help create a healthy and sustainable Avans environment.

Please share any thoughts and ideas regarding a smoke-free Avans by sending an email to And feel free to attend the brainstorming session on this topic that we will organize in January.

We would be happy to discuss this with you to ensure that making Avans smoke-free is a success.

Last updated on 11 December 2018.