RMIT University's three Melbourne campuses are going smoke-free, starting on World No Tobacco Day (31 May).
Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the move underscored RMIT's commitment to the health and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors.
"According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, there is clear evidence that instituting a smoke-free workplace leads to reduced cigarette consumption among continuing smokers and makes it more likely that smokers will successfully quit," she said.
"In the weeks running up to World No Tobacco Day, we'll be promoting the message across the University community - RMIT quits … why don't you?
"We will be providing staff and students with information on giving up smoking, which is a significant step towards reducing the risk of smoking-related illness.
"From 31 May, RMIT's campuses will be clean air campuses, and that will be to everyone's benefit."
Other key benefits of introducing a smoke-free environment include:
- Minimising the exposure to tobacco smoke within the RMIT community.
- Raising awareness of the health risks associated with smoking.
- Promoting a cleaner environment for students, staff and visitors.
- Minimising the environmental impact of cigarette butts on campus.
- Reducing fire-related risks within RMIT facilities.
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