Creative RMIT students have backed the smoke-free message with amazing videos – two of which received honourable mentions in a state-wide competition.
It’s now a year since RMIT’s Melbourne campuses went smoke-free (on 31 May, World No Tobacco Day) as part of an initiative by all Victorian universities.
To mark the day, students were invited to make short videos on the theme, “Things to do instead of smoking”. No fewer than 33 RMIT students entered, with three selected for the state-wide finals.
The third RMIT finalist was Paulina Sánchez Silva, with a video that showed how Melbourne provides so many fun alternatives to spending time smoking (Dropbox video).
The Dean of Students, Professor Owen Hughes, said the standard of the RMIT entries was a credit to the University.
“It was very difficult to choose our finalists given the creativity and quality of the work our students submitted.
“Congratulations to all 33 students and to Aydin and Frances in particular for their honourable mentions.
“The videos help reinforce the message that smoking is dangerous to your health and expensive, and help spread the word that RMIT is a smoke-free university.”
Some of the videos were posted to the RMIT Facebook page, reaching 120,000 people by mid-June.
The statewide competition was won by Nathan Henderson (Deakin) with Stephen Scoglio second and Thomas Midena third (both Swinburne).
Meanwhile, the City of Melbourne has installed 27 butt bins around the perimeter of the City campus.
About 10,500 butts are dropped on city streets on an average weekday, with most ending up in the stormwater system and flowing into the Yarra River and eventually into Port Phillip Bay.
Smokers who drop their butts can receive an on-the-spot fine of $295 – or $590 if the cigarette is still lit.
The new bins have an added benefit – butts are collected and recycled.