In Canada, smoking is banned in most indoor and public spaces. If you smoke, you are expected to adhere to the Provincial Tobacco Reduction Act and the City of Lethbridge smoking bylaws. Please be respectful and smoke only in appropriate, designated areas. Make sure that cigarette ash and butts are disposed of appropriately; do not litter. Littering is illegal and punishable by a fine.
The legal smoking age in Alberta is 18. It is illegal to sell or distribute tobacco products to minors.
When consuming alcohol, please drink responsibly. Keep the following in mind:
- The legal drinking age in Alberta is 18. It is illegal to sell or distribute alcohol to minors.
- Alcohol is a depressant drug; it can slow down the nervous system, cause drowsiness, or induce sleep. It can impair judgement and affect behaviour.
- It is dangerous to mix alcohol with certain drugs and medications.
- Be wary of accepting drinks from strangers. Never leave your drink out of sight or unattended.
- Plan ahead and arrange for transportation home if you are going out to drink. In Canada, driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher is illegal.
- Consuming liquor in most public places is against the law, as is public intoxication.
Cannabis is legal in Canada. However, we recommend you inform yourself of the laws of your own country. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- You must be 18 or older to use cannabis. It is illegal to sell or distribute cannabis to minors.
- You can only purchase cannabis from licensed retailers.
- Smoking cannabis is banned in most indoor and public places. Know the local laws and refer to the campus Cannabis Policy to see designated use areas.
- Driving high is illegal.
Impaired Driving Laws and Immigration
As of 2018, new impaired driving and marijuana-related penalties could result in serious consequences for immigration status of temporary residents such as international students. You can learn more about the consequences here.
Partaking of certain drugs such as mushrooms, methamphetamines, ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin, is not only illegal, but potentially extremely dangerous. It is also illegal to be found possessing or distributing these drugs. Visit this page for more information about controlled and illegal drugs, their uses, effects, and mental and physical health risks.