Smoke-free campuses at UON

UON is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy workplace for staff, students and visitors to our campuses and is proud to adopt the UON Smoke-free Initiative.


From 1 July 2017 smoking will not be permitted on any UON campus.


The initiative is supported by Healthy UON, a program that boosts the physical, social and psychological health and wellbeing of our community by promoting healthy learning, working and living environments.

It is a requirement that the Smoke-free Environment Policy is complied with in ensuring that smoking is not permitted on campus. Read more in the Health and Safety Management System Framework,

UON staff have a role to play in providing advice to people who may not be aware of the Policy. Any advice provided should be done in a polite, supportive and non-confrontational manner.

Are there penalties applied to students or staff for smoking on campus?

The University is reluctant to fine people for continuing to smoke against the policy requirements. However, disciplinary action for staff, students or visitors according to the University Smoke Free Policy may be applied for those that repeatedly fail to meet the smoke-free requirements.

What support is offered to smokers who want to quit?

The University has a Campus Medical Centre, who are aware of the SmokeFree policy and ready to assist. In addition, staff can use the employee assistance program services and students can talk to the Student Counselling team about quit options.

What if I don’t want to quit smoking?

That’s your choice. All we ask is that you cooperate with the University’s smoke-free requirements.  Contact the Quitline to discuss what options are available to help manage nicotine cravings while on campus.