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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Q. Why has the University gone smoke free?

It is well known that smoking is a leading cause of death and illness which is preventable.  By restricting where people can smoke on our campuses the University is taking a proactive step to remove exposure of the harmful effects of second-hand smoke for those that have chosen not to smoke.

Q. What is second hand smoke?

Second-hand smoke is the smoke that is emitted from a lit cigarette as well as the smoke exhaled by the smoker. There are over 4,000 chemicals in second-hand smoke which is linked to the premature deaths of an estimated 600,000 people per year. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.

Q. When does the policy take effect?

The Smoke-Free University Policy commenced on 25th July 2016 which was the first day of spring session 2016.


Q. Have all campuses gone smoke-free?

Yes all campuses are smoke-free except where designated smoking areas have been identified.


Q. Are there any designated smoking areas on campus?

There are a limited number of designated smoking areas which are located on the campus maps.  It is envisaged that these will be phased out over time.

Q. Does the smoke-free policy apply to student residence facilities as well?

All student residence facilities are smoke-free except where designated smoking areas have been identified. Refer to your Student Residence Manager for further details.

Q. What should I do if I see someone smoking on campus?

The change to a smoke-free university will take some time and during the transition phase it’s important that there is patience and respect. If you see someone smoking on campus you are encouraged to politely let them know that that they are required to comply with the University’s smoke-free requirements.

Q. What do I do if someone continues to smoke on campus?

Please notify us by email smoke-free@uow.edu.au of the area and we can help raise awareness of the smoke-free requirements.

Q. Are there penalties applied to students or staff for smoking on campus?

At this early stage, the University is reluctant to fine people for continuing to smoke against the policy requirements. However, disciplinary action for staff, students or visitors according to the University Access and Order Rules may be applied for those that repeatedly fail to meet the smoke-free requirements.

Q. What support is offered to smokers who want to quit?

The University has a Campus Medical Centre, comprising female & male full-time Doctor's who are aware of the SmokeFree policy and ready to assist. In addition, staff can use the employee assistance program services and students can talk to the Student Wellbeing team about quit options.

Q. What if I don’t want to quit smoking?

That’s your choice. All we ask is that you cooperate with the University’s smoke-free requirements.  If that is an issue, please talk to your doctor or contact Quitline to discuss what options are available to help manage nicotine cravings while on campus.

Q. Are e-cigarettes permitted on campus?

Research has indicated that the chemicals in e-cigarettes and there vapour are harmful so they are also precluded from use on campus.

Q. Have other universities implemented an approach like this?

Many other universities in Australia and internationally have successfully adopted similar smoke-free initiatives like UOW’s.