A smoke-free university: breathe easy

For the health and wellbeing of all our students, staff and visitors, we became a smoke-free university as of 1 July 2016.

Staff, students and visitors who choose to smoke off campus should be mindful of others and the risk of exposure to secondhand smoke. We encourage smokers to move away from entrances, particularly near childcare centres.

Please protect our environment by disposing of cigarette butts appropriately.

Why are we smoke-free?

We're committed to providing staff, students and visitors with a productive, safe and healthy working and learning environment. As an internationally recognised leader in health research, education and training, we're committed to matching best practice education and research with best practice policy. Tobacco-related harm to health and wellbeing through direct or second-hand exposure is well established.

We recognise that our staff, students and visitors have a personal choice to smoke, but we also recognise the right for staff and students who do not smoke to work and study in an environment free from tobacco smoke.

Have other universities gone smoke-free?

Yes. The smoke-free initiative undertaken by QUT is being implemented by many other Australian universities. Those that are not smoke-free are being supported by the smoke-free higher education and training initiative to take steps towards moving to a total smoke-free policy.

Who does the new smoke-free policy affect?

All staff, students, visitors, volunteers and contractors who come on to QUT campuses and QUT-controlled distributed sites will need to adhere to the smoke-free policy. This also includes the general public walking through our campuses.

What is the definition of smoking?

Smoking is the inhalation and exhalation of the smoke of burning tobacco, herbs or drugs.

Smoking also refers to the use of electronic cigarettes or other devices. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes, e-cigars, vapour pens, or a personal vapour) are any product where there is a hand to mouth action and results in the expulsion of a vapour.

How is the policy being implemented?

Any staff, student or visitor who smokes on a QUT campus or QUT-controlled distributed site may be approached by staff, students or campus security and reminded about our smoke-free policy.

The success of this approach will depend on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. All students and staff share in the responsibility for helping QUT campuses to go smoke-free.

What should I do if I see someone smoking on campus?

All staff, students and visitors are encouraged to remind others that QUT is now a smoke-free campus. If you find you have a regular issue at a particular location, contact Health, Safety and Environment.

Where can I smoke?

Smoking is not permitted on QUT campuses and controlled distributed sites. This includes all QUT fleet vehicles and all other motor vehicles while on campus.

These maps show the campus borders. We recommend that smokers choose an area outside these boundaries that is not remote, is safe and is well-lit at night:

Support to quit smoking

There is always help available if you'd like to quit smoking. You can start by contacting any of these organisations and services:

Contacts

Health, Safety and Environment