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Unitec stubs out smoking on campus

Last updated 05:00 05/12/2012

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Students are being given the message to stub out as Unitec campus prepares to go smokefree next year.

After consulting with staff, students and other organisations located on the large Mt Albert campus, the tertiary institute is set to go smokefree from 2013.

The policy will come into effect on May 31, World Smokefree Day.

It will apply to all staff, students and visitors to each of its three campuses.

The ban will also cover all carparks and vehicles while on Unitec grounds.

The move will bring the institute in line with its peers, Auckland University went smokefree in 2010 and AUT followed suit in 2011.

Unitec chief executive Rick Ede says the school is committed to providing a healthy working and learning environment.

"Smoking is a major cause of sickness and death, and we hope our decision to go smokefree might motivate our Unitec community to consider a healthier lifestyle, free of smoking."

The institute is providing support options for people who want to quit the habit.

These include quit workshops, access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy and promotion of the 24-hour Quitline service.

The facility's health, safety and environment team will also train additional staff and students to support its "quit smoking" and NRT education programme.

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