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.
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:
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.
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.