University of Sydney launches smoke-free campus

30 January 2012

In a major step to ensure the health and wellbeing of its staff, students and visitors, the University has introduced a new smoke-free policy for all its campuses.

The new policy, which comes into operation today, follows an extensive period of consultation and feedback during 2011. Surveys of staff and students showed an overwhelming level of support for the proposed changes.

The University of Sydney Union (USU) moved quickly to underline its support for the proposal when it ceased the sale of cigarettes at all USU outlets last October.

The Smoke-Free Environment Policy 2012 was approved by the University Senate at its meeting on 5 December 2011 and is effective from today.

The University's Director of Human Resources, Colin Streeter, said the change is a really positive step towards providing a healthy and safe environment for the whole University community.

"The dangers associated with smoking and passive smoking have long been recognised, and we also have an obligation under state legislation to provide a smoke-free environment," he said. "A number of other universities in Australia and overseas have also moved to introduce smoke-free campuses."

In recognition that some people may still wish to smoke, a number of areas on each campus have been designated as smoking areas. These are easily located and are within short walking distance of all major buildings. The University is also displaying posters on campus to raise awareness of this important health initiative.

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