For the health and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors, USC will become a smoke-free University on 1 January 2018.
The smoke-free higher education initiative is being implemented at all of Queensland’s universities; some have already gone smoke-free or are in the process of going smoke-free in 2018.
The Queensland Government is working with all Queensland universities and TAFEs to facilitate and support the transition to smoke-free campuses.
USC will transition from its current designated areas policy to totally smoke-free campuses on 1 January 2018.
Information sessions will be held monthly from August to December for students and staff seeking additional information:
- Tuesday 15 August 10:00am-11:00am E1.04
- Tuesday 19 September 2:00pm-3:00pm E1.04
- Tuesday 17 October 10:00am-11:00am E1.04
- Nov, Dec TBC
Support to quit smoking
If you are thinking of quitting smoking, help is available from these services:
- Quitline (13 78 48) is a confidential, free service for people who want to quit smoking. The service will provide you with information, advice and assistance tailored to your particular needs. Counsellors are available 7am–10pm, 7 days a week. Calls from anywhere in Australia cost the price of a local call (calling from a mobile costs more).
- Quitnow is an Australian Government website with information and resources to assist people quit smoking. Included on the website are quit smoking apps such as My QuitBuddy and the iCanQuit Calculator.
- QuitCoach is a free service that provides you with a personalised quitting plan. It creates this plan based on your responses to questions about your motivation, confidence and past attempts. It is designed to provide useful advice wherever you are on your quitting journey.
Why is USC going smoke-free?
USC is committed to providing students, staff and visitors with a safe and healthy learning and working environment. The transition to smoke-free campuses promotes healthy living and minimises the harmful effects of passive smoking.
Will the new smoke-free policy include vaping/electronic cigarettes?
Yes. Under the Tobacco Act, electronic cigarettes are smoking products and as such they will be included in the smoke-free policy.
Have other universities gone smoke-free?
Yes. Many Australian universities have already implemented smoke-free policies, including QUT, ACU and all Victorian and Western Australian universities. All Queensland universities are transitioning to smoke-free policies in 2018.
If you have any questions regarding the transition, you may contact Student Wellbeing via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.