Victorian Universities unite to support smoke-free campuses

April 14 / 132

From left to right: Professor Jane den Hollander, Deakin University, Professor David Battersby, Federation University Australia, Professor John Dewar, La Trobe University, Professor Glyn Davis, the University of Melbourne, Mr Peter Marshall representing Professor Ed Byrne, Monash University, Professor Margaret Gardner, RMIT University, Professor Linda Kristjanson, Swinburne University of Technology and Professor Peter Dawkins, Victoria University of Technology.
From left to right: Professor Jane den Hollander, Deakin University, Professor David Battersby, Federation University Australia, Professor John Dewar, La Trobe University, Professor Glyn Davis, the University of Melbourne, Mr Peter Marshall representing Professor Ed Byrne, Monash University, Professor Margaret Gardner, RMIT University, Professor Linda Kristjanson, Swinburne University of Technology and Professor Peter Dawkins, Victoria University of Technology.

The Vice-Chancellors of nine Victorian universities have gathered at the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference held in Canberra, to support a state-wide move to create smoke-free campuses. 

Professor Catherine Bennett, Head of Deakin University’s School of Health and Social Development and Chair of the University Tobacco-free Working Group, praised the initiative. 

“It has been a pleasure working collaboratively with all Victorian universities on this important health promotion.

“This move will have a big impact through lowering smoking rates across Victoria and creating healthy campuses for our students, staff and visitors,” she said.

The University of Melbourne went Tobacco-Free on World Cancer Day this year, 4 February. 

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