Share your thoughts about a smoke-free Hogeschoollaan

5 February 2019 by Gebouwen

The Avans campus on Hogeschoollaan in Breda will be 100% smoke-free from 15 April 2019. We want to team up with students and staff to see how we can put this into action. Our goal is to create a healthy working and learning environment at Avans.

Outdoor grounds without nuisance from smoking and no cigarette butts on the ground ­– that is what we have in mind. We hope we can encourage smokers to cut down or give up smoking altogether by providing them with the support they need.

Join us for a brainstorm

We will be organising 2 brainstorm sessions to identify staff members’ and students’ needs and see what ideas and questions they have. Everyone is welcome to participate.
These brainstorms will be held on:

  • Tuesday 12 February from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in room HA407
  • Thursday 14 February from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in room HD206

These are walk-in sessions that allow you to provide imput on a number of issues, including:

What support would you benefit from as a smoker?
We will be asking smokers what kind of support they require if they want to cut down or give up smoking. For instance, we will be offering ‘quit smoking’ sessions. We will also be handing out nicotine patches and nicotine gum. There might, however, be even more Avans can do to help. 

How do we prevent nuisance from smoking from moving to areas outside our grounds? 
Smokers who will continue to smoke, will try and find a new place to light up outside the grounds. How do we prevent nuisance from smoking from moving somewhere else? We are interested to hear about your ideas.

If you have any tips, ideas or questions, then be sure to come to one of the brainstorm sessions on 12 or 14 February.

Pilot project

Hogeschoollaan was chosen as a pilot site. Other Avans campuses might also become smoke-free zones if this project is successful.
Smoke-free Avans is a joint initiative of the deans of the schools based at Hogeschoollaan. Students running Green Office have been pushing for a smoke-free environment for longer. The Executive Board gave the go-ahead for the pilot in December 2018. The Avans Joint Consultative Council agreed to it last week. 

Share your thoughts

Feel free to join in and help create a healthy and sustainable Avans environment. If you are unable to come to the brainstorm sessions but have questions or ideas, then please send an email to  

Together we aim to make a smoke-free Avans a success.

Last updated on 5 February 2019.