No butts – the date is set

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Stu­dents are be­ing given the mes­sage to stub out as Unitec cam­pus pre­pares to go smoke­free next year.

Af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with staff, stu­dents and other groups on the large Mt Al­bert cam­pus, the ter­tiary in­sti­tute is set to go smoke­free for 2013.

The pol­icy will come into ef­fect on May 31, World Smoke­free Day, and will ap­ply to all three cam­puses.

The ban will also cover all car parks, and ve­hi­cles on Unitec grounds. The move will bring the in­sti­tute in line with its peers. Auck­land Univer­sity went smoke­free in 2010 and AUT fol­lowed suit in 2011.

Unitec chief ex­ec­u­tive Rick Ede says the school is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a healthy work­ing and learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘Smok­ing is a ma­jor cause of sick­ness and death, and we hope our de­ci­sion to go smoke­free might mo­ti­vate our Unitec com­mu­nity to con­sider a health­ier life­style, free of smok­ing.’’

The in­sti­tute is pro­vid­ing a range of sup­port op­tions for peo­ple want­ing to quit the habit.

Th­ese in­clude quit work­shops, ac­cess to nico­tine re­place­ment ther­apy and pro­mo­tion of the 24-hour Quit­line ser­vice.

The schools’s health, safety and en­vi­ron­ment team will also train ad­di­tional staff and stu­dents to sup­port its ‘‘quit smok­ing’’ and nico­tine re­place­ment ther­apy ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme, which will start early next year.

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