Smoke­free for NorthTec

Northern News - - HEALTH & WELLBEING - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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