UNSW to go Smoke-Free

26 February 2014

UNSW is committed to protecting its staff, students, contractors and visitors from all hazards including second-hand smoke. For this reason UNSW campuses will be entirely smoke-free from May 31, which is World No Tobacco Day

Being a smoke free campus aligns UNSW’s world leading health education and research with best practice policy to encourage healthy behaviour by students and staff.

UNSW's smoke free policy

UNSW’s new Smoke Free Environment Policy will apply to all university grounds including vehicles, boats and residential accommodation.

The Smoke-Free Environment Policy also applies to anyone on UNSW premises, including staff, students and visitors, so if you are hosting an event or meeting, or engaging the services of suppliers, please ensure they are aware of the new policy.

The University recognises that staff and students have a right to choose whether to smoke. However, the University also recognises that non-smoking staff and students have the right to work and study in an environment that is not polluted by environmental tobacco smoke.

You can view the new UNSW Smoke-Free Environment Policy online here.

Communication of the smoke-free policy

The University has installed signage to clearly identify our campuses as being a smoke-free environment. Information is also made available to those smokers seeking assistance to quit.

Please help to keep UNSW a smoke-free environment by:

-    Refraining from smoking while on campus
-    Informing visitors that UNSW is smoke-free and seek their co-operation
-    If you see someone smoking support them by politely indicating that UNSW is smoke-free and directing them to smoke off campus.

What else is UNSW doing to reduce smoking?

As an alternative to abruptly stopping ("cold turkey"), many treatment options are available to aid smokers to cease smoking. These treatments range from the provision of advice (such as telephone-based coaching) and intensive behavioural support (i.e. counselling) to pharmacological treatment including nicotine replacement therapies (delivered via adhesive skin patch, oral or nasal spray, chewing gum or lozenge), to prescription medications.

Students and staff should consult their preferred medical practitioner or health care provider to determine their most suitable treatment options.

UNSW is also implementing a health and wellbeing campaign to help reduce smoking by students and staff. For assistance to quit smoking contact:

UNSW Health & Safety: Support and advice to help quit smoking is available from your UNSW Health & Safety representative or the UNSW Health & Safety.

Student Participation Advisors: book an appointment online via our Student Participation Advisor page. Phone: 02 9385 9365. Email: advisors@unsw.edu.au

UNSW Medical and health services: Phone: (02) 9385 5425. University Health Service website.

UNSW Employee Assistance Program providing free and confidential counselling for all staff

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services for advice and assistance.

Information packs, posters and pamphlets to assist persons wanting to quit smoking are available at: 

A range of factsheets explaining the NSW Government’s smoke free environment laws are also available.