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Smoke-free USC

For the health and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors, USC became a smoke-free University on 1 January 2018. Smoking is not permitted on USC grounds.

All of Queensland’s public universities and TAFEs became smoke-free campuses from July 2018.


When did USC become smoke-free?

All USC campuses became smoke-free on 1 January 2018.

Why is USC smoke-free?

USC is committed to providing students, staff and visitors with a safe and healthy learning and working environment. Smoke-free campuses promote healthy living and minimise the harmful effects of passive smoking.

Have other universities gone smoke-free?

Yes. Many Australian universities have already implemented smoke-free policies. All Queensland universities were supported by the Queensland Government Smoke-free Higher Education and Training initiative to implement smoke-free policies in 2018.

Does the smoke-free policy include vaping​/electronic cigarettes?

Yes. Under Queensland's Tobacco Act, electronic cigarettes are smoking products and as such they are included in the smoke-free policy.

What is the definition of smoking?

Smoking is the inhalation and exhalation of the smoke of burning tobacco, herbs or drugs.

Smoking also refers to the use of electronic cigarettes or other devices. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes, e-cigars, vapour pens, or a personal vaporiser) are any product where there is a hand to mouth action and results in the expulsion of a vapour.

Where can I smoke?

If you wish to smoke, you will need to go off campus. Smoking is not permitted on USC grounds. This includes all USC buildings, grounds, car parks and vehicles.

The previous designated smoking areas have been removed.

If you choose to smoke, make a plan for where you will smoke off campus. Consider a well-lit area (if at night) and use the personal "butt bins" provided by Student Wellbeing to manage any litter.

Who is affected by the new smoke-free policy

All staff, students, visitors, volunteers and contractors who come on to USC campuses will need to adhere to the smoke-free policy. This also includes the general public walking through our campuses.

What support is available to staff and students that wish to stop smoking?

Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but with the right tools and support, quitting smoking is possible and can be one of the most life-changing achievements a person can make.

The University encourages smokers to reduce or quit smoking. See "Support to quit smoking" for services and information available to students and staff.

How is the smoke-free policy being implemented?

Any staff, student or visitor who smokes on a USC campus may be approached by staff, students or campus security and reminded about our smoke-free policy.

The success of this approach will depend on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. All students and staff share in the responsibility for helping USC to be smoke-free.

How is the smoke-free policy being communicated?

Implementation of USC’s smoke-free policy is important and a variety of methods are used to raise awareness, including:

  • Signage
  • Smoke-free materials such as posters and postcards
  • Social media, Student News, MyUSC and emails to students and staff
  • Pre-arrival information for new students and staff, as well as information via the student diary, orientation and induction programs, and relevant university events
What should I do if I see someone smoking on campus?

Maintaining a smoke-free campus requires respect for others – both non-smokers and smokers. You are encouraged to respectfully and politely remind smokers they must go off-campus if they wish to smoke. If you notice people smoking at a particular location on a regular basis, contact

What happens if I continue to smoke on campus?

Anyone found smoking on campus will be asked to cease smoking and be advised of the requirement to comply with the smoke-free policy. For staff, students and contractors, failure to comply with the smoke-free policy could result in disciplinary action.

If you have any questions regarding the Smoke-free USC initiative, you may contact Student Wellbeing.

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.