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From New Year’s Day 2012, all Curtin University campuses in Western Australia will become smoke-free.

This means smoking will be prohibited on all University land, including at Bentley, Kalgoorlie, Margaret River, Murray Street and Shenton Park campuses.

The prohibition will also apply to student and University supplied housing and vehicles.

An amendment to the University by-laws will prohibit smoking, and breaches may attract a fine.

The University is a leader in the field of health research and teaching, and recognises that smoking and second-hand smoke harm people’s health.

By going smoke-free, the University is aligning its policies and practices with research evidence.

Curtin is sponsoring a campaign to raise awareness of the changes and is offering smokers services and support.

More details, and advice on how to quit, are available at the University’s Smoke Free 2012 website.

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  1. Vishnu says:

    Hi,
    I have been looking through whole of the smoke free news and website. I have the following observations that should be given a proper attention:
    1. Visiting smoke free policy document is not as easy as it is linked. It does not have enough information. Just headings are there with some lines written on it. So, proper policy document should be made available.
    2. All the time smoke free word is spelled. What does it mean, which areas are going to be smoke free, how students are going to inform? All these things should be properly communicated.
    3. Support for smokers: it is very very essential not to let down a student who is smoker. The smoker should be help in everyway to cope with the policy, and helped to quit is if s/he is willing to.

    4. Rationale on why smoke free is not commuicated properly. Usually smoke policy is for protecting non-smokers from harm of passive smoking. Is Curtin’s policy is in line with that? Is Curtin targeting to reduce smoking among smokers and taking account of non smokers?
    5. New students for 2012 must be almost on the way to apply for Uni and international students must be waiting or applying for visa. Has this policy been included into any of the brochures, curtin’s book let or any thing that makes them aware that smokers do not face cultural shock when they come here?

    As being a student here, I am very supportive to the policy. And hence,providing some comments what I found about it.

    Vishnu Khanal

    • @Vishnu, thanks, perhaps others have had the same questions too. Here’s some answers:

      1. There is no policy, rather a change to the Curtin University Land and Traffic By-Laws. The amendment will state that “smoking is banned on University Lands”

      2. All University lands will be smoke free.

      3. Support for student is available from Health Services (GP consultation) and Counselling and Disability Services (“One on One” counselling to assist with cessation)

      4. The changes to the by-laws have been communicated in a range of different media, including student and staff emails, orientation day, and various signs and flags on campus. The policy objective is to reduce the incidence of second hand smoking, to comply with WA OSH legislation and to align with the Tobacco Products and Control Act WA 2006.

      5. The changes have been published in the student handbook and the 2012 international student prospectus. CIC and CELC students are made aware of the changes at their induction.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Dee Murphy says:

    What ever happened to freedom of choice. I’m a ex-smoker and agree it’s bad for your health but to take away people’s choice is wrong. What’s next? Not serving cake or chips to fat people because its bad for there health!

    • ref says:

      Every day walking through Curtin my partner goes into a coughing fit thanks to people who think that cigarettes are incense sticks that make you cool, they stand around using their phone with the cigarette in their other hand making it yellow. I do smoke, but only at home, and only outside where I am only harming myself. People should be able to choose to go to Uni and not breathe in harmful vapors. Grow up.

    • Simon Chong says:

      I agree with Dee; well said. not being able to smoke at Uni is ridiculus. Do they still encourage drinking at the campus bars and student social events?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Please understand that I am not trying to start a debate on this. Smoking affect non-smokers around smokers to a greater extent compared to the smokers themselves but even if fat people would like to keep eating, it does not affect anyone else other than themselves. Guess this means that whatever we are talking about here is not about a freedom of choice, but about having a consideration for others? (Also, their is not there)

    • Kristina says:

      Consideration for others can be had without an all out ban. We’re adults paying for our education, I don’t see why/how the university can make this kind of decision.

      If they want to take a tougher stance, maybe give some more designated ares for smoking; that way if people don’t want to be affected by the choice of others to smoke, they can simply stay away?

      Villification of smokers/smoking is ridiculous. It is a conscious choice that they make to smoke and they shouldn’t have to continually answer to everyone for it.

      • ref says:

        Also,
        those students who gather outside the air vents next to several lecture theaters every morning that make the air inside the theater hard to breathe. They have ruined it for everyone.

  4. JGreen says:

    Kristina, People who are overweight may not be because of the food they eat (you offer a simplistic argument there) – regardless of that, their bodies require food in order to sustain itself, to live. Smokers make a choice to smoke but their bodies don’t require cigarettes to live….

    As far as having designated smokers areas, the uni where I work has that (no smoking under covered walkways or within 3 metres of buildings) but in general do smokers take notice? No, they don’t….

    What about adults paying for their education who DON’T wish to be passive smokers? Why should smokers rights win out over non-smokers rights?

    Banning smoking on campuses creates a cleaner, healthier learning environment all round – go for a walk off campus to smoke, it would be a good choice to make.

    • H says:

      I have been at Curtin for four years now and when I first began the ash trays were attached to walls near visible signs stating ‘no smoking’ in that area. But the majority of signage was not clearly visible, I definately couldn’t see the sign unless I was walking directly past one.

      It wasn’t until recently, after participating in a ‘smoke free Curtin’ survey, I was notified that there were designated smoking areas. When I went in search of an area it took sometime to find as the signage was no bigger than an A5 piece of paper, wrapped around a pole. The signage definately should have been larger and more signs throughout the campus pointing smokers to the correct areas. For those standing near buildings and in walkways that is simply bad manners or the inability to read english/signs. I have always tried to remove myself the best I can from non-smokers.

      There were many different things Curtin could have made a far better attempt at before an entire campus ban.

      From now on I will continue to stand on the side of the road to smoke.

    • herbert says:

      Smoke rises! How tall are you? I am sure you do not object to standing around a barbeque when it suits you, or sitting on the sidewalk, sipping a coffee while heavy traffic passes by emitting deadly fumes.

      The worst thing about the cigarette smoking issue is that it is encouraging people with a nasty disposition to behave like the French informants in the second World War.

      The revenue raised by the cigarette smokers cannot be lost by the Government. So to keep everyone happy, the Government seemingly supports a no smoking policy, but because they will not and cannot ban smoking outright, they are saying “keep smoking”.

      (This is supported by Governments around the world trying to ban electronic cigarettes, which are merely harmless vapour implements.)

      The University where I work has only one designated area for smokers, but they have numerous indoor and outdoor sheltered areas for non smokers to sit in comfort and sip coffees. So how greedy are you?

      And how strange that a University, of all places, does away with freedom of choice – and demonstrates blantant discrimination and encourages behaviour of the most obnoxious kind.

  5. Peter says:

    It is simply not true. They have done nothing to enforce the ban – two years on there are still people smoking on campus.

    It is a total lie that the campus is smoke free.

  6. Kam Lin says:

    The campus is not smoke free. On any day I can point out dozens of students smoking. The university doesn’t care and simply ignores people smoking while claiming smoke free status.

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