ANU is smoke-free
The need for a smoke-free campus is driven by Work, Health and Safety (WHS) obligations and recognition that smoking has a significant environmental, health and economic impact in Australia.
The ANU Smoke-Free Policy prohibits the use of all smoking products (tobacco product, herbal product, personal vaporiser or personal vaporiser product), anywhere, on all of the University's campuses, including buildings, properties, grounds, and workplaces. The only exceptions to this are the officially signposted Designated Outdoor Smoking Areas (DOSA’s) required under licensing law near the Kambri Precinct and University House and DOSA agreed to by individual residences within the residential precinct.
It is widely acknowledged that smoking is harmful to health, and there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoking is responsible for the death of up to two-thirds of Australian smokers aged 45 years and over and is a primary risk factor for various cancers, respiratory and cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. People with medical conditions such as asthma can be severely affected by secondary (passive) smoke.
Smoking related litter has a significant adverse effect on our natural environment, including rare and endangered wildlife whose habitats are in or around the ANU campuses.
Evidence shows that a smoke-free environment increases the rate of quitting and reduces the number of people taking up smoking or recommencing smoking if they had previously quit.
In maintaining a smoke-free campus the ANU is seeking to encourage and support people to quit smoking and to protect vulnerable members of our community from incidental exposure to tobacco smoke.
People who choose to smoke are encouraged to be considerate of their colleagues and classmates by restricting their smoking to the DOSA but to also consider their own health by accessing supports to reduce or ideally quit their use of tobacco products. For further information go to Frequently Asked Questions and Staff and Student Supports.