RMIT University's three Australian campuses are going smoke-free from Saturday, 31 May, which is World No Tobacco Day.
The move has been widely welcomed by staff and students.
Melissa Young, from the Global Quality Regulation and Compliance Group, said: "After 20 years of smoking, both my parents gave up last year at the ages of 51 and 53. If they can do it, so can I!"
Co-Co Chan, who is studying interior decoration and design, said: "Smoking is not your real happiness. It's not worth the risk because all it will do is hurt you in the end."
Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said RMIT was committed to the health and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors.
"According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a smoke-free workplace leads to reduced cigarette consumption among continuing smokers and makes it more likely that smokers will successfully quit," she said.
"From 31 May, RMIT's campuses will be clean air campuses, and that will be to everyone's benefit."
The message being promoted across the University community is: "RMIT quits … why don't you?"
Staff will be offered quit-smoking information sessions and workshops via DevelopMe and through the Staff Employee Assistance Program.
Students can access tips on quitting smoking via the RMIT site.
And all staff, students and alumni can enter the Breathe Easy competition.
Just share your top reason for you - or someone you know - to give up smoking and be in the running to win one of 20 double movie passes.
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