Across Canada, many provinces and territories have prohibited tobacco sales at post-secondary institutions. It is surprising that the University of Manitoba sells cigarettes in two locations on the Fort Garry campus: IQ’s and G.P.A.’s. Both stores are run by the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU). Being the provider of the health and dental plan for U of M students, it is concerning that UMSU also sells tobacco products to its students.
A tobacco-free campus helps protect non-smokers from “involuntary exposure to second-hand smoke” and advertisements of tobacco products. Provincial legislation is in place in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador that prohibits the sale of tobacco on university campuses.