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Staff and student surveys

Staff and student surveys

2013 Post Smoke-Free Survey findings

ECU students and staff were invited to complete a survery to ascertain smoking behaviour, adhering to smoke-free bylaw.

Has smoking behaviour changed?

Smoking rates for ECU staff and students surveyed in 2011 and 2013 have halved in the most recent survey of 2,700 from the ECU community.

  • Staff smokers 7% (4.6% regular)
  • Student smokers 10% (7.5% regular)

2011 Pre Smoke-Free Survey findings

ECU students and staff were invited to complete a brief survey to ascertain smoking and well-being behaviours and interest in accessing QUIT options leading up to Smoke-Free ECU 2012.

Some brief findings suggest:

  • 147 students and 45 staff were confident they will quit smoking in the coming year, representing ~half participant smokers in the survey.
  • Staff smokers - 10% (7.5% regular/ 2.7% occasional).
  • Student smokers - 15% (10% regular/ 5.6 % occasional).
  • 29% of student smoked on-campus daily
  • 56% of staff smoked on-campus daily.
  • Regular smokers who tried to quit (80% staff and 60% students); while occasional smokers were more likely to Quit.
  • Health was the major reason for smokers wanting to quit suggesting campus health and wellness education and activities will be very relevant to smokers wanting to quit. 

2009 Formative Evaluation Survey findings

What do we know about smoking behaviours and attitudes at ECU?

Smoke Free ECU research found Edith Cowan University has continued its commitment to reviewing smoking obligations in respect to smoking on its campuses with the implementation in July 2009 of a formalised project to explore the opportunities to create a healthier and safer ECU workplace.

In regard to a ban on smoking:

  • 45%-50% of the groups supported a complete ban with a number of written comments urging this action;
  • 42% of smokers agreeing they would quit or smoke less if they could not smoke on campus; and
  • 64% of smokers favouring online resources to assist in reducing smoking.

For further information see the survey reports.

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