VOICE tackles complex issues including alcohol, smoking, and substance use. We team up with other campus groups to educate and converse with students about topics such as harm reduction and safe partying.

There are 4 action groups under Substance Use and all are looking for volunteers. If you would like to sign up to any of these Action Groups, please use the email form on our Get Involved page and we will connect with you.

Smoke-free Campus

Work with us to increase awareness of cessation resources.


Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in BC, Canada and Globally. Campus Health has worked hard to provide free quit-smoking resources on campus such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy, as well as counselling through Health & Wellness and peer support through the Peer Support Network. Join us as we work to support people on their journey to quit and aim to become one of almost 100 other universities across Canada that have gone smoke-free!  

The Truth About Vaping

Join peer-led initiatives to share information about vaping.


Vaping devices heat a liquid into an aerosol so that it may be inhaled into your lungs. Vape fluids and their bi-products can include nicotine, ultrafine particles, diacetyl (flavouring chemicals that cause serious lung injury), volatile organic compounds, heavy metals and other carcinogenic, cancer causing chemicals.  Campus Health is committed to understanding why people vape, disseminating information about lower-risk vape use and it’s dangers, and helping people quit. Join our team to contribute to this exciting project.

Cannabis on Campus

Sharpen your skills in supporting low-risk cannabis use.


The federal Cannabis Act was passed in 2018 and it defines which forms of cannabis are legal, how it may be sold and how much a person may possess. With cannabis now legal in Canada we have an opportunity to address the effects of cannabis and how to use cannabis in a lower-risk way on our campus. Join us as we spread education on our campus and seek community input on their relationship with cannabis.

Illicit Drugs & Harm Reduction

Team up with us to minimize the harms of substance use.


In April 2016, the Public Health Officer of BC declared a state of emergency in response to the increasing rate of drug overdoses. Sadly, 2020 was BC’s deadliest year for illicit drug toxicity deaths; there was a total of 1,716 overdose deaths in 2020 (4.7 deaths/day), a 74% increase from 2019. Join Campus Health’s Harm Reduction Team (HaRT) to educate our campus and communities on lower-risk use, overdose prevention, drug-checking, and recovery support options.

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Tackling Toxic Drugs

Tackling Toxic Drugs

UBCO’s collaboration with the community is breaking down barriers when it comes to accessing harm reduction services

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