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November 15 / 171

University Hall, Parkville campus. Photo credit: Jon Speroni
University Hall, Parkville campus. Photo credit: Jon Speroni


As we take the next step in creating completely tobacco smoke-free campuses, 29 November marks an important milestone.


Every year the world commemorates World Cancer Day and on this day in 2014 – Wednesday 4 February – the University of Melbourne marked the occasion by commencing implementation of a new tobacco-free policy. 

This multifaceted policy prohibits smoking in all University vehicles and buildings and, where not located within the boundaries of a campus, prohibition of smoking on University land surrounding those buildings. 

“Under the policy, the University does not allow tobacco advertising, promotion or sponsorship, and tenants in university-owned buildings are not permitted to sell any tobacco products,” says Professor James, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

“Neither does the University allow direct investment in tobacco companies as part of its investment portfolio.”

In the latest stage of its ‘tobacco-free’ project, the University will be removing the last remaining Designated Smoking Areas established on the Parkville campus at the introduction of the campaign.

The removal of DSAs will take place on Sunday 29 November.

“The designated smoking areas were a temporary measure in the strategy to become totally smoke-free, and we thank smokers for using them over the past 18 months,” says Professor James. 

“Our motivation is to promote a healthier environment to students, staff and visitors by discouraging people from smoking, and putting the supports in place to assist them to give up smoking for good. 

“As an internationally recognised leader in health research, education and training, we are committed to matching our best-practice education and research in this area with best-practice policy.”


The staged manner of the smoke-free campus initiative has included widespread community consultation and received the unanimous agreement of Vice-Chancellors of all Victorian universities in supporting an initiative to create smoke-free campuses throughout the state.

The University of Melbourne supports a comprehensive smoking cessation program and, in addition, encourages smokers to contact Quitline (13 78 48) for support at any time.


Story by Gabrielle Murphy

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