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Smoke free campus

29 November 2023

The students and staff of the University are people prepared to make a difference to our city, region and nation by supporting a smokefree environment.


From 1 January 2011 the University of Canterbury became a smokefree campus, ensuring we all benefit by having a healthier place to study, work and live. All University buildings and grounds (including halls of residence, fields, regional campuses and field stations) are part of the smokefree campus.

In doing this the University is embracing a wider vision of integrating health into the culture, structures and processes of the University by eliminating Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) exposure for all staff, students and visitors. The University is actively assisting in the protection and improvement of the health of the community.

In addition, becoming a smokefree campus is a positive, substantial and sustainable step towards reducing the University’s environmental impact. 

The University will provide support for staff and students who wish to stop smoking. If you are interested in smoking cessation assistance please contact the Health Centre on extension 6402. For information on fitness programmes, visit the UC Sport and Recreation Centre site.

The Smokefree Policy found in the UC Policy Library explains the ongoing implementation of this initiative and gives full details of the education and support available. If you have any questions arising from this policy please contact the Health & Safety Manager.

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