The University of Western Australia became a smoke-free area on 1 January 2012.
Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is the combination of two types of smoke from a burning tobacco product such as a cigarette, pipe or cigar):
Tobacco and tobacco smoke contain at least 4000 chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and toxic. These include tar, nicotine, carbon monoxide, ammonia, arsenic and formaldehyde.
The terms ‘passive smoking’ and ‘second-hand smoke’ are used to describe the exposure of a non-smoker to environmental tobacco smoke. When exposed, the non-smoker absorbs the same chemicals found in tobacco that the smoker does. This also places them at increased risk of adverse health effects.
The health effects of long-term exposure to ETS are well established and there is new evidence that even short-term exposure can have adverse effects on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
The University became smoke free on 1 January 2012. Prior to this the University had a smoking policy in place that covered the mandatory requirements of relevant legislation.
Yes. Smoking is prohibited in, or at, all of the University’s buildings, properties and workplaces. The University endeavours to provide a completely smoke free environment.
The smoke free policy applies to any person who studies and works at, or visits the University.
You cannot smoke anywhere in, or at, the University’s buildings, properties or workplaces.
Waste disposal units are provided at the main entries to the University’s premises. Please use these units to dispose of cigarette butts and associated tobacco products and packaging before entering any of the University’s building, properties or workplaces.
As outlined in the University’s policy on smoking, the Head of University Hall can nominate one outside area for smoking to help control fire, personal and traffic safety.
The University strives to provide an environment for its staff, students, contractors and visitors that is conducive to positive health and wellbeing.
Whilst respecting an individual’s decision to smoke, the University believes that non-smokers have the right to breathe air uncontaminated with the carcinogens and other harmful toxins present in environmental tobacco smoke.
No. The University environment will be free from tobacco advertising, promotion, sponsorship, sale, and both direct and indirect research funding from the tobacco industry.
All staff, students, contractors and visitors have the right to report breaches in the University’s policy on smoking. The University has adopted two levels of enforcement.
Communication tools such as fixed signs, banners, printed information resources, web information, magazine articles, media releases, staff and student email messages, orientation week activities, print advertisements, and information for new staff and students will be used.
To view the University’s smoke free information resources, visit the Resources for the UWA Smoke Free campaign page.
If someone is breaching the smoke free policy, you may politely remind them that the area is smoke-free and ask them not to smoke. Information cards containing smoking cessation support services are available from Safety and Health and can be given to the person smoking.
Scripts for suggested communication with someone breaching the policy are also available on the Resources for the UWA Smoke Free campaign page.
If a person(s) continues to breach the policy, staff and students should report the breach to their Manager/Supervisor or Head of School.
The University supports staff and students who want to quit smoking. If you would like more information there are a number of resources and support services outlined on the Useful Links and Smoking Cessation Resources and Services pages.
You can lodge a report with the Facilities Management Jobs.
Yes. Curtin University and Edith Cowan University also became smoke free on 1 January 2012. Notre Dame University also has a strict non-smoking policy in place.
If you have a question about the University’s policy on smoking that has not been answered, please contact Safety and Health on (+61 8) 6488 3938