University goes tobacco free from February 4, World Cancer Day

February 14 / 128

The University is now tobacco free on all campuses, as of February 4, World Cancer Day, to provide a healthier environment for staff, students and visitors.

The change means smoking on University grounds is prohibited and no campus businesses can sell cigarettes.

The move also includes support programs for those seeking to quit smoking.

 University Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said the move was a natural progression of the University’s commitment to healthy campuses.

“The university is committed to helping improve the health and well-being of our staff and students,” he said.

“This is a step towards further encouraging our community to take action against the harmful effects of smoking. It also aims to minimize the harmful impact of second hand smoke to others across the campus.”

Public health expert at the University Professor Rob Moodie said the university was an internationally recognised leader in health research, education, training and public policy and should match its best practice education and research with best practice policy.

“Over 40% of deaths from tobacco are due to cancer. Young people - who comprise much of the undergraduate population - who are exposed to tobacco smoke carry the health harms of involuntary smoke much longer,” he said.

“The University’s younger students are also most susceptible to developing potentially harmful smoking habits.”

The University will phase out out smoking across its campuses from February 4, 2014 with a view to requiring full compliance from the beginning of 2015.



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