Swinburne University News | 30 May 2013
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 on 30 May . In making the announcement, Kristjanson said:
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. 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.
Kristjanson said that Swinburne will offer support to staff and students who want to stop smoking, including QUIT information seminars and program materials. Staff will be able to access additional support through Swinburne’s Employee Assistance Program, while students can access help through Student Development and Counselling.” On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, Sharkie said this is another significant step for Victoria’s efforts to reduce smoking rates.
She said that QUIT endorsed Swinburne’s important decision to go smoke free and said that QUIT will be assisting the Swinburne community to give up smoking by providing seminars and support for staff and students.