The decision to go smoke free was announced by Swinburne Vice-Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson, with the Victorian Minister for Health, David Davis, and the Executive Director of QUIT Victoria, Fiona Sharkie, at Parliament House in Melbourne today.
Professor Kristjanson said that from the start of second semester, smoking would no longer be allowed throughout Swinburne’s Australian campuses, both indoors and outdoors.
“In addition to the existing smoke-free environment in our buildings, enclosed spaces and university vehicles, all outdoor areas at Swinburne’s Hawthorn, Prahran, Croydon and Wantirna campuses will be smoke-free,” Professor Kristjanson said.
“Swinburne seeks to be a leader in promoting health and wellbeing to our students, staff and visitors to the university.
Going smoke free will help improve the health and wellbeing of all members of the Swinburne community and protect them from environmental tobacco smoke.”
Through the combined efforts of anti-smoking initiatives in recent decades, the number of people who are smoking has gradually declined since the 1980s.
In 1983, one in three Victorian smoked and now less than one in seven Victorian smoke.
Professor Kristjanson said that Swinburne will offer support to staff and students who want to stop smoking, including QUIT information seminars and program materials.
Professor Kristjanson was joined by Mr Davis who said the move was symbolic for Victoria.
“Swinburne should be congratulated for leading the way as the first Victorian university to go smoke free,” Mr Davis said. “The Victorian Government welcomes this significant health decision.”
On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, Ms Sharkie said this was another significant step for Victoria’s efforts to reduce smoking rates.
She said that QUIT endorsed Swinburne’s important decision to go smoke free: “QUIT will be assisting the Swinburne community to give up smoking by providing seminars and support for staff and students.”
Swinburne’s Australian campuses will formally become smoke free on 12 August.
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