About Smoke-Free

From 10 March 2014, Deakin University will be going smoke-free on all of our campuses.

The smoke-free initiative is also being jointly implemented at all of Victoria's nine Universities, some of whom have already gone smoke-free and some of whom are in the process of going smoke-free.

Read the policy at The Guide

Frequently asked questions

What is Deakin smoke-free?

Deakin Smoke-Free is a health initiative that aims to reduce smoking rates among staff and students as well as provide cleaner air for all those entering University premises. The approach also extends to zero sales of tobacco and zero funding or sponsorship from the Tobacco Industry. As a part of the University's commitment to the community's health we will support those interested in reducing smoking or quitting.

What is considered a tobacco product and is therefore prohibited?

Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes, electronic nicotine devices and the use of any other implements that emit harmful or toxic smoke for the purpose of inhaling. Any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to, hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts, clove cigarettes, or any other preparation of tobacco.

Deakin's decision to prohibit the use of Electronic cigarettes is based on the Australian Government's Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) or e-cigs, are devices for making mists for inhalation, that usually simulate the act of cigarette smoking. Electronic cigarettes are sometimes marketed as an option to help people quit smoking, or as a tobacco replacement (TGA 2013).

Unlike Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products, which have been rigorously assessed for efficacy and safety and, therefore, approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use as aids in withdrawal from smoking, no rigorous assessment of electronic cigarettes has been undertaken and, therefore, the quality and safety of electronic cigarettes is not known (TGA 2013).

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Why is Deakin implementing a smoke-free policy?

Passive smoking is a legitimate health concern and the University is committed to creating healthy campus environments across Victoria for our staff and students as well as the wider community as we continue to promote the evidence for good public health and lead by example.

The evidence shows that smoke-free environments increase the rate of quitting and reduce the amount of people taking up smoking.

The 2013 Deakin Smoke-Free surveys highlight support for the initiative with:

  • More than 80% preferring to socialise in a smoke-free environment
  • More than 90% believing people have the right to breathe smoke-free air

Who does the smoke-free approach affect?

All staff, students, and associates who come on to Deakin's campuses and Deakin's controlled properties. As part of the approach, a smoke-free policy is being introduced and in accordance with the University's Code of Conduct, all staff, students and associates are reminded that they must comply with University policies and procedures.

How will the approach be implemented?

While Deakin recognizes the difficulty in giving up smoking, the smoke-free approach is an extension of the existing approach banning smoking in University buildings.

After the start of Trimester 1, on 10 March 2014, any student or visitor who smokes on a Deakin campus may be approached by staff, students or Campus Security and reminded about Deakin's smoke-free policy.

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

Where can I smoke?

Neither smoking nor the use of tobacco products are permitted within Deakin University campus boundaries and controlled properties. This includes motor vehicles whilst they are on campus. Smoking in a car, especially with the windows closed and/or the car is stationary, increases the health risks to the smoker and anyone else present. Once outside the boundaries of University controlled properties, smoking and use of tobacco products is subject to local laws.

Have other Universities implemented an approach like this?

Other universities across Australia have already gone smoke-free and as part of the coordinated initiative led be Deakin University, throughout 2014 all Victorian Universities will become smoke-free.

Will the cigarette bins be removed at Deakin campuses?

Yes.

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

We hope that civility and respect for others will guide all of us during the transitioning toward a smoke-free campus. Staff and students can assist the implementation of the approach by playing a role in increasing the awareness of Deakin being smoke-free through local signage, social media and the internet.

If you're confident and comfortable, please make any smokers aware of the new initiative, this can be done by:

  • Pointing to signage
  • Handing them a postcard/palm card with the "smoke-free" message
  • Say the following statements:

"Deakin is a smoke-free environment."

"Deakin went smoke-free March 2014."

"Hi, my name is ……., and I am an (employee, student) here at Deakin, I want to make you aware that we are now a smoke-free campus, meaning that smoking is prohibited on Deakin grounds, we committed to this in March 2014, Thank you." 

Will students, staff or associates safety be at risk if they have to leave campus grounds at night to smoke?

In line with the University's security procedure, security officers are based on all campuses of the University and will assist in providing staff, students and associates with a safe environment.

How is this new approach being communicated?

The communications plan will include, but is not limited to:

  • Notifying current and prospective students and employees through University email, websites & social media;
  • Notification during the admission and enrolment process and/or during new hire orientation for faculty and staff;
  • Local and State media;
  • Internal marketing (postcards, signage);
  • Promotional events.

Will Deakin help me to quit smoking?

Deakin will offer and subsidise a range of initiatives to support staff and students to quit smoking or reduce their smoking.

What about those living in Deakin residence?

Accommodation and living quarters on campus will have a unique smoke-free arrangement which will be communicated to all current and future residents.

It will involve the phasing in of one smoking area for each residence block.

When do we expect that Deakin will be totally smoke-free?

The new approach comes into effect on 10 March, 2014. It will be evaluated at the end of 2014. The transition to a smoke-free environment will be constantly monitored, with activities designed to support it developed along the way.

What is the penalty for smoking?

Smoking anywhere on Deakin University campuses is seen as a breach of University policy. Breaching a policy of the University can be considered by the University as general misconduct. If the breach is reported to the Faculty Student Misconduct Committee, the person may be required to explain their conduct to the chair of that committee, and that committee can impose the penalties that are listed in the Schedule to the procedure where allegations of general misconduct are proven.

If you have any questions please contact the Smoke-free team at nosmoke@deakin.edu.au

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