Thursday, 30 June 2011
ECU has announced that as of 1 January 2012, all campuses will be completely smoke-free.
The move is consistent with the State Government’s recent legislation to restrict smoking in a public place, which the University strongly supports.
Vice-President (Corporate) Mr Warren Snell said ECU placed a high priority on providing a healthy place to study and work.
“The move to a smoke-free ECU complements the University’s leading work in teaching and research in the health and wellness field,” said Mr Snell.
“By moving to a smoke free campus environment, ECU will actively promote a healthier lifestyle for its students and staff.”
The university chose to implement the smoke-free policy following a 2009 survey of all staff and students on the issue.
“The survey confirmed that 90 per cent of the University community were non-smokers,” said Mr Snell.
“This information combined with evidence which outlines the harmful damage of second-hand smoke has encouraged the University Council to make this decision.
“We acknowledge that current smokers, which is about 10 per cent of staff and students, may be inconvenienced by these changes. We are committed to helping this group over the coming months through a range of support services and information which may assist them to quit smoking, if they choose to.”
For more information visit the Smoke-Free 2012 website.