Smokefree for NorthTec
NorthTec celebrated World Smokefree Day by instigating a new, smokefree campus policy across all its learning centres.
The policy change means smokers will no longer be able to smoke in what was designated smoking areas on any campus.
Any structures previously used by smokers will be repurposed as general sheltered areas for use by all students or staff.
The move was celebrated with a lunchtime event held on each main campus. Students and staff enjoyed the event together with food and music.
Huhana Lyndon, NorthTec’s director learner support says, ’’The smokefree campus policy brings NorthTec into line with the rest of the New Zealand tertiary education sector.
‘‘We are creating a smokefree workplace and promoting a healthier lifestyle. It’s about the health and wellbeing of our community.’’
NorthTec’s partnering with Toki Rau, Northland’s Stop Smoking Service means there is plenty of support available for smokers who want to quit, including free nicotine patches, lozenges and chewing gum, Lyndon says.
Free support for smokers is provided by the NorthTec health centre, and will also be available through the Toki Rau providers Northland wide.