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Smoke-free Swinburne
Team briefing
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Agenda
Swinburne
 Background
 Implementation
 Benefits
 Support
 Further information
 Questions?
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Background
Swinburne
 What is Smoke-free Swinburne?
From 12 August 2013 smoking will be prohibited anywhere across all Australian
campuses including outdoor areas in and around each campus.
 Why are we doing it?
The purpose of a smoke-free Swinburne is to improve the health and wellbeing of
all staff, students and visitors and to protect them from exposure to Environmental
Tobacco Smoke (ETS), creating a healthy environment for all to enjoy.
 Who’s been engaged?
In making the decision on how and when to implement this policy, Swinburne has
engaged representatives of staff, students (international and local), residents,
traders and the Union.
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Implementation
Swinburne
 When will this policy be implemented?
Smoke-free Swinburne comes into effect from 12 August.
 How will this be communicated?
The implementation of a smoke-free Swinburne is an important initiative and
Swinburne is using a variety of media to communicate this message.
Communications announcing this initiative will be sent to all Australian employees
and students from the Vice-Chancellor. Posters announcing the change will be
displayed in all buildings and new signage will be posted around campus
perimeters.
 How will the policy be enforced?
One of the aims of introducing a smoke-free policy is to raise awareness of the
harmful effects of ETS on others. Through education and building awareness of
the harmful impacts on others we aim to motivate smokers to protect those around
them by following the Smoke-free Policy. A person in breach of the policy will be
informed of the policy and will be asked to leave the premises until they have
finished smoking. Disciplinary action may be taken against repeat offenders.
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Benefits
Swinburne
 Health
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Healthier workplace free from harmful effects of ETS
Encourages healthier lifestyle choices and supports smokers to cut down or
quit smoking
Educates staff, students and visitors of the health risks related to smoking and
the benefits of quitting
 Reduced risk
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Ensures Swinburne is complying with its legal obligations to provide a safe
environment for all staff, students and visitors
Reduced fire hazard
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Benefits
Swinburne
 Environment
Provides a more pleasant and safer environment for staff, students and visitors
 Reputation
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University is seen as leading the way for other employers
Enhances profile as an employer of choice by creating a positive corporate
health image, aiding the attraction and retention of talent
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Support
Swinburne
 What support is available?
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QUIT seminars
QUIT program materials
Trained QUIT counsellors available through Health Services
Counselling via EAP for staff and Health Services for students
Information and tools to assist staff/students wanting to quit
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Further information
Swinburne
 Where can I get further information?
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Further information about Smoke-free Swinburne can be found at
www.swinburne.edu/smokefree
You can speak to someone in Human Resources by phoning HR Assist on
9214 8600
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Questions?
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