Smoke Free Campuses
All Box Hill Institute Australian campuses will become smoke free from 1 January 2015
This means that from 1 January 2015, smoking will be prohibited anywhere on campus to promote a healthier environment to students, staff and visitors. This will include outdoor areas and in and around buildings, and will be monitored and enforced by Institute security staff.
Support and assistance for employees and students
We understand that this will have an impact on students, staff and visitors, therefore we are establishing support programs to assist those wishing to quit smoking and to further promote health and wellbeing for all staff and students. We will be providing support to our people through Learner Support Services for students and Box Hill Institute’s Employee Assistance Program for staff. Quit Victoria will also be running a range of seminars and specialised programs.
- FAQs below around Box Hill Institute’s smoke free policy and what it means
- Box Hill Institute’s Student Support Service offers confidential counselling support and assistance
- Quitline – an online resource providing assistance and support to help you quit smoking as well as professional QuitCoach advice. Call Quitline on 13 7848 (13 QUIT).
- There are some FAQs below, based around Box Hill Institute’s smoke free policy and what it means
- Managers Briefing Pack provides information to managers about the smoke free policy and what it means
- Access to Employee Assistance Program which provides free confidential counselling services to support the wellbeing of staff.
- Quitline – An online resource providing assistance and support to help you quit smoking as well as professional QuitCoach advice. Call Quitline on 13 7848 (13 QUIT).
Smoke Free FAQs
Box Hill Institute values the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors and the smoke free policy has been implemented to create a healthy, safe and positive environment for everyone. Passive smoking, or exposure to second-hand smoke, affects the health of both smokers and non-smokers. In addition, evidence shows that smoke-free environments increase the rate of quitting and reduce the amount of people taking up smoking.
There are many benefits to being a smoke free campus, which include:
- safeguarding the health and safety of employees, students, contractors, sub-contractors and visitors in accordance with the organisation’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy
- protection from exposure to ETS
- considering the health and wellbeing of all employees and students by providing and supporting smoking prevention and cessation strategies
- adhering to legislative requirements
- reducing the potential risk of fire
- maintaining a clean environment.
Smoking is not permitted on any campus. Box Hill Institute’s smoke free policy extends to all Institute property, including:
- all campuses
- in all buildings or parts of buildings under Box Hill Institute control
- on all semi-enclosed thoroughfares such as verandas and on all elevated walkways between building
- in any outdoor area in and around campus buildings
- in all Box Hill Institute owned/leased vehicles.
This policy has been implemented to create a healthy and safe environment for all Box Hill Institute students, staff and visitors. Box Hill Institute actively encourages smokers to reduce or quit smoking and will support this process through health and wellbeing campaigns and quit-smoking information.
Students can seek support from the Box Hill Institute’s Learner Support Services and access online resources via Quitline.
Support will also include:
- Information Resources – materials such as pamphlets and brochures
- Self Help – referral to Quitline 137848, Health Info 1300 135 030
- Self Help – referral to Medical Centres
- Employee Assistance Program access for employees
- Box Hill Institute support services for students
- Promotion of online smoking cessation support services.
Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes, electronic nicotine devices and any other implements that emit harmful or toxic smoke for the purpose of inhaling. Any substance containing tobacco leaf, including hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts and clove cigarettes.
What should I do if I see someone smoking on campus?
We hope that respect and civility for others will guide all of us during the transition towards a smoke free campus. Students and staff can play a role in Box Hill Institute’s smoke free initiative by increasing awareness to those smoking on campus through signage, quit support and resources available, social media and information online.
This can be a difficult conversation to have. If you’re unsure how to have the conversation with someone smoking, you can refer to the signs on campus or use the following tips to guide you:
- always remember that smoking is an addiction; sometimes smoking is associated to stress or an addiction to nicotine so it’s important to be mindful of this when explaining the policy
- respectfully request the smoker to either put out the cigarette safely or move off campus grounds if they wish to keep smoking
- If the person complies, remember to thank them. If the person becomes angry or confrontational, excuse yourself and report the incident to your manager or security.
You may be politely reminded of the Box Hill Institute’s smoke free policy and requested to stop, and be reminded of your responsibilities under this policy. Employees who continue to breach this policy will be managed in accordance with the BHI Group Discipline Policy.