A Healthy UoN Initiative
The University of Newcastle is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy workplace for staff, students and visitors on campus.
In order to maintain a healthy environment we are introducing the Smoke Free Campus Campaign. From 1st July 2014 all smoking on campus will be banned except for designated smoking areas. Cessation programs will be run on campus for those who wish to quit Smoking.
The program will be introduced in four stages:
Stage 1 – Initial Communication
Stage 2 – Consultation with stakeholders on smoking areas
Stage 3 – Information will be released on smoking locations.
Stage 4 – Final communications
Watch this space for further updates as they come to hand.
This fun one hour seminar covers:
- Withdrawal and ‘habit'.
- Evidence based strategies for quitting.
- Managing cravings.
- Medications available.
- Effects of ‘Cutting down’ or smoking ’light’ cigarettes.
- Health benefits of quitting.
- Weight gain.
- Maintaining cessation.
- Myths and barriers - e.g. How to get around ‘I enjoy smoking’.
- Opportunity to breath-test your level of Carbon Monoxide!
When: Tuesday, 8th April, Callaghan - GP212, 12 –1pm.
When: Wednesday, 14th May, 12 – 1pm Ourimbah – CN21.04
When: Tuesday, 27th May, Callaghan - GP212, 12 –1pm.
Telephone Coaching with your Personal Quit Coach
Thinking about quitting but worried or unmotivated? You may be feeling that the time is right to make an attempt, or perhaps just curious as to what options are out there. With this approach you will receive personal mentoring and guidance via telephone, with up to 6 telephone calls made to you on your phone. There is no obligation to undertake any particular strategy, there is no pressure.
- Up to 6 confidential telephone calls on your phone with a personal quit coach, over a period of weeks. Confidentiality is a key component, with any Information discussed staying between you and the clinician.
- You choose where and when to receive calls.
- Step by step guidance and support in implementing evidence based strategies tailored to your liking.
- Can leave anytime.
- There is no pressure, and you won’t be ‘told’ what to do.
- Flexible start time.
Please register at email@example.com
When will the Smoke Free Campus initiative begin?
The campus will go smoke free except for designated smoking areas 1st July 2014.
Why is the University moving to be smoke free?
The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 places a duty on all employers to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of their staff and other people while on their premises. These obligations extend to patrons, visitors and contractors. We have a duty of care to provide a safe environment in which people are not exposed to hazards such as second-hand cigarette smoke.
Will there be a designated area to smoke?
Yes, the University will be consulting with key stakeholders over the next few months to determine the most appropriate smoking areas on campus.
Current designated smoking areas at the Port Macquarie Campus can be found here.
What about the rights of smokers?
Smokers may still smoke but only where their smoke does not cause harm to others. Providing a smoke-free environment, except for limited designated smoking areas, protects non-smokers and helps those who have decided to quit.
What support is offered to smokers who are endeavouring to quit?
A number of cessation programs will run on the Callaghan and Ourimbah campus for the University community - please see above for details.
For further information on the Smoke Free Initiative or to provide suggestions and comments, please refer to the Frequently Asked Question page or contact Healthy-UoN@newcastle.edu.au
Thinking of Quitting? Need help?
Here are some options:
Go see a doctor to help you develop a personalised quit smoking plan: See a GP at the University Health Service Callaghan: (02) 49216000, Ourimbah: (02) 4348 4060 or Make an appointment to see your own GP.
Get a free Quit Pack: You can obtain a free Quit Pack by calling the Quitline on 13 7848 to order a Quit Pack over the phone.
Call the Quitline - on 13 7848 (13 QUIT): a confidential telephone information and advice service offering a free callback service, help in planning a quit attempt and advice on the use of nicotine replacement products.
Download a quit app: such as My QuitBuddy.
Chat to your pharmacist who can provide you with advice on a wide range of products available to help you achieve your quit goal. Visit the Callaghan campus pharmacy (Shortland building) or your local pharmacist. The Callaghan pharmacy is located in the Shortland Building on the Callaghan campus and is opened Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:30pm.
Seek counselling and support: The University of Newcastle provides professional and confidential counselling through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP provides 6 University funded sessions with an external psychologist per calendar year. The EAP have psychologists that specialise in addiction. Further information can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/human-resource-services/health-safety/health-safety-support/employee-assistance-program/
Students can speak with a University counsellor. The Counselling Service is available to students free of charge, on a confidential basis at each of the campuses at the University of Newcastle. Further information can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/support/health-counselling-and-wellbeing/your-mental-health/counselling