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ECU recognised for tobacco-free policies

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

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ECU has been recognised by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Australia for its tobacco-free policies.

The Tobacco-Free University Prize acknowledges ECU's broad range of policies, including preventing tobacco industry interference in the university through funding, personnel and careers links.

ECU is one of only two Australian universities to be awarded the top honour.

ASH Australia surveyed all Australian universities' policies covering:

  • banning university acceptance of research or other support from the tobacco industry;
  • ending investment by the university in tobacco companies, or other material connections with them;
  • smokefree places, including buildings, vehicles and crowded or staffed outdoor areas;
  • ending sale and promotion of tobacco on campus; and
  • provision of assistance to staff and students to quit smoking.

ASH encourages Universities to implement tobacco-free policies to improve the health and performance of students and staff. Universities can also set a socially responsible, ethical standard for breaking connections with tobacco companies.

ECU Director of Facilities and Services, Mr Brian Yearwood said that the University is working hard to ensure that ECU is a safe and healthy campus for all staff, students and visitors.

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