QUT goes smoke free

QUT is set to ban smoking from all three campuses from July 1.

The announcement was made to coincide with World No Tobacco Day, and would see QUT banning smoking of all forms, including the use of electronic cigarettes.

QUT acknowledges that smoking is a personal choice, but that students should be able to study in a smoke-free environment, and those who wish to smoke will need to leave campus.

University of Melbourne Public Health Physician Dr Nathan Grills says many Victorian universities have already enacted these measures, and its good to see Queensland following.

Despite population-wide public health strategies successfully reducing smoking rates in the community, around one in four Queenslanders living with mental illness continue to smoke daily.

Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck said people living with mental illness must be considered a priority group requiring custom-made strategies.

In December 2015, the Queensland Mental Health Commission released the Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Plan 2015-2017 which outlined 54 actions to prevent and reduce the adverse impact of alcohol and other drugs on Queenslanders’ health and wellbeing.

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