Safety, Health and Wellbeing

UWA is smoke free

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Further information

The University of Western Australia  became smoke free on 1 January 2012.

Smoking is prohibited in, or at, all of the University’s buildings, properties and workplaces. The ban on smoking applies to staff, students, visitors and contractors.

Under the University’s policy on smoking, the environment is to be free from tobacco advertising, promotion, sponsorship, sale, and both direct and indirect research funding from the tobacco industry.

The reason why UWA has become smoke free

Scientific evidence indicates that there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke, including environmental tobacco smoke. The inhalation of tobacco smoke has been linked to a number of serious health effects in smokers and non-smokers, including cardiovascular disease, lung and breast cancer, and respiratory illnesses.

The Western Australian Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 prescribes that employers must provide a safe work environment for their employees. The University has a duty of care to ensure that as far as practicable, people are not exposed to hazards, such as environmental tobacco smoke.

As an institute of higher learning, the University aims to encourage and support healthier lifestyle choices for its staff, students and the broader community who share the University’s premises and facilities.

Being smoke free, the University seeks to:

  • prevent exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in, or at, its buildings, properties and workplaces, thereby protecting the health of its community; and
  • encourage and support staff and students who smoke to reduce their consumption or to quit.

Smoke free environments help to ‘de-normalise’ smoking and encourage smokers to quit. Bans have been shown to be helpful to smokers who are trying to quit by both encouraging more quit attempts and increasing the chances of a successful quit attempt.

More information is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Support for staff and students who want to quit smoking

It is hoped that the University’s policy on smoking will encourage staff and student smokers to reduce their tobacco consumption, consider quitting, and access cessation services.

The University acknowledges that smokers may have difficulty adjusting to the smoke free policy; particularly due to the addictive nature of nicotine and the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Through the provision of information about the benefits of quitting smoking and smoking cessation support services, the University is committed to encouraging and supporting staff and student smokers to quit.

More information is available on the Smoking Cessation Resources and Services and Links pages.