ECU recognised for tobacco-free policies
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Edith Cowan University (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;
- smoke-free 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 Chairman, Associate Professor Matthew Peters said that comprehensive tobacco-free policies can improve the health and performance of students and staff; and can set a socially responsible, ethical standard for breaking connections with tobacco companies.
ECU Director of Facilities and Services, Mr Brian Yearwood said the University is working hard to ensure ECU is a safe and healthy campus for all staff, students and visitors.
"We are in the process of implementing further strategies aimed at reducing the impact of smoking on our campuses," he said.
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