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Alcohol, Smoking and Other Drugs

The University of Tasmania is committed to minimising the risk from the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs which may impact on the work health, safety and well-being of all persons whilst engaged in University of Tasmania activities.

The University of Tasmania Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Minimum Standard (PDF 143KB) outlines the obligations and requirements of the University and its staff and students in regards to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use while at the University

Persons who are impaired by alcohol or drugs at work or study can jeopardise their own and others' health and welfare, compromise their ability to perform their duties, and impact on the University's reputation.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

The Drug Education Network (DEN) provides community members with the resources, information and connections they need to keep themselves and their community safe. DEN’s goal is to meet people where they are and encourage open dialogue that empowers the individual to be the primary agent of their own physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

DEN is funded to improve the well-being of Tasmanian’s through prevention, resource development, education and training to service providers and the wider community on alcohol and other drugs. Through its Vision and Values, DEN delivers high quality services and programs in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.

Some resources available to management and staff:

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Smoking on Campus

The University is committed to providing a healthy environment for staff, students, affiliates and volunteers and the provision of smoke-free spaces is a core part of this commitment.  Leading by example is an important role for an educational institution.

The University of Tasmania is a 'smoke free' campus with designated smoking zones, this includes the use of e-cigarettes.

This means that staff, students and other members of the University community will not be permitted to smoke or vape outside of designated smoking areas on our Sandy Bay, Newnham, Cradle Coast or any other University campus or facility where designated smoking areas have been implemented.

In all accommodation areas and on all other University campuses, precincts or properties smoking is prohibited in accordance with the Smoke-Free Areas Minimum Standard.

Definition of smoking: Smoking is the inhalation and exhalation of the smoke of burning tobacco, herbs or drugs.

The University of Tasmania is encouraging all staff and students to adopt a healthier lifestyle by giving up smoking. It also aims to minimise the impact of second hand smoke to others on campus.

Quitting smoking isn't easy, but with the right tools and support, quitting smoking is possible and can be one of the most life-changing decisions a person can make.

We encourage you to reach out to Quit Tasmania on 137848 or your doctor/health professional if you are considering quitting.

Smoking Cessation App

Quittr

Smokers can get help to quit smoking in the form of a new games-based app called Quittr.

The new smoking cessation app is being trialled by the University of Tasmania with the support of the Heart Foundation of Australia Vanguard Grants Program.

Available for free on the Google Play and iTunes stores, Quittr is aimed at providing a fun way to quit smoking and includes behavioural support content, personalised statistics, an achievements system, and games that reward the smoker for engaging and persisting with their quit attempt.

Click here to find out more and download the app.

I can Quit Calculator a wonderful tool to show you how much money you can save by giving up smoking!

Other Support Services

Smoking, including vaping, is only permitted in designated smoking zones on the Sandy Bay, Newnham, Cradle Coast or any other University campus or facility where designated smoking zones have been implemented.

Please refer to following Campus Maps for locations:

On all other University campuses, precincts or properties that are not currently classified as smoke free smoking is prohibited in the following areas:

All smoke free areas as defined in Section 67B of the Public Health Act 1997 (Tas); and

Those areas occupied or controlled by the University and designated by the University as smoke free areas and include any area where smoking is prohibited.

These areas include (without limitation):

  • all University campuses, precincts or properties owned or controlled by the University, including all buildings occupied by the University and their grounds;
  • all University vehicles;
  • any area within 10 metres of any window, entrance to or exit from any University building, or air intake for ventilation equipment on or in a University building;
  • any area within 3 metres of any window, entrance to or exit from any University Accommodation Services building, or air intake for ventilation equipment on or in a University Accommodation Services building;
  • any personal living area of any University place providing accommodation for a fee;
  • all University ships and vessels, including any open deck area, unless otherwise designated;
  • outdoor sports grounds while a sporting event is being conducted;
  • any other area designated by the University as a non-smoking area.

Failure to comply with smoke-free campus policy

Security staff undertake regular patrols of each campus. Where an individual is found to be smoking in an area where smoking is prohibited as defined above, they will be asked to cease smoking and will be advised of the requirement to comply with this policy. Failure to comply with this procedure may result in additional action.

In creating a healthier University environment we encourage all staff, students and members of the University community to be part of a positive culture change and to have respectful conversations with those smoking on campus in reference to the smoke-free policy to improve the overall quality of life for everyone. We believe that implementing this policy is everyone’s responsibility.

What should I do if I see someone smoking in a prohibited area on campus?

Have a conversation

The University will progressively become totally smoke-free: in the first instance those smoking in a prohibited area may be approached and made aware of the change and asked to stop smoking or move to a designated smoking area.

It can be awkward to initiate a conversation about breaching the smoke-free policy with someone you work or study with. Keep the conversation you have with the person casual and friendly. You should always assume that:

  • the person is not aware that the University has become smoke-free; and
  • this is the first time the person has been approached about breaching the policy.

You may like to obtain an information card from the Work Health and Safety Unit.

Here is an example of a script for talking to someone who is breaching the smoke-free policy.

“Hi there, I just wanted to let you know that the University became smoke-free on the 31 May 2018. This card and the web page that is listed on it provide more information about the policy and smoking cessation support services if you are interested. If you want to continue smoking you need to move to a designated smoking area. Thank you”.

If at any time during the conversation you feel threatened, thank the person for their time and excuse yourself.

Report it

Non-compliance can be reported and addressed by logging a Work Request providing details of the breach in the Description section, see example below:

What happens if I report a breach?

Campus Services will coordinate with security to patrol areas that are identified in work requests, inform smokers about the smoke-free policy and direct them to designated areas.

How will the smoke-free campus be enforced and what penalties will be imposed for non-compliance?

The University recognises that enforcement is inappropriate terminology for attitudinal and behavioural change.

Security staff undertake regular patrols of each campus. Where an individual is found to be smoking in an area where smoking is prohibited they will be asked to cease smoking and will be advised of the requirement to comply with the Smoke-Free Area Minimum Standard (PDF 177KB). Failure to comply with this procedure may result in additional action.

Where individuals are found to be in breach of the requirements on multiple occasions written warnings may be issued and/or fines may be issued under University By-Laws (PDF 100KB).

By becoming a smoke-free campus the University is embracing a wider vision of integrating health into the culture, structures and processes of the University by reducing Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) exposure.

In addition, becoming a smoke free campus is a positive and sustainable step towards reducing the University's environmental impact.

The Impact on Your Health

The Impacts of Smoking on the Environment

What support is available to help me quit smoking?

Quit Tasmania has a wide range of programs designed to help you quit smoking. These programs can be accessed online, via text message or on the phone. Visit the website for more information: www.quit.org.au

I've decided to quit smoking. What's the first thing I should do?

It's a good idea to visit your GP or call the Quit line.

Talking it through with someone will help you build motivation, prepare for quitting, choose a quitting product or method and help you stay on track once you've quit.

What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)?

Nicotine Replacement Therapy is the collective name for a range of products which deliver nicotine to the body and help counter withdrawals and strong cravings. Current NRT products available are nicotine gum, patches, inhalers, quick mist and lozenges. Since 2011 nicotine patches have been available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). To purchase the discounted patches you need a prescription from a GP.

What is Quitting Medication?

Varenicline (Champix) and Burproprion (Zyban) are prescription medications designed to reduce withdrawal symptoms and the desire to smoke. Champix is a 12 week course, and Zyban is a 9 week course. Like patches, Champix and Zyban are also available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) at a discounted rate.

How do I know which NRT or quitting medication is right for me?

Your GP, pharmacist or quit line advisor are the best people to give you advice on whether NRT or quitting medication would be beneficial and, if so, which one.

What if I'm not addicted to nicotine?

If you smoke less than 10 cigarettes per day, the desire to smoke may be more related to habits, routines and stress rather than physical addiction to nicotine. See the section on "Tips for Changing Smoking Habits" for strategies to help you change your habits.

Should I cut down gradually or stop completely?

Some people manage to cut down and quit completely but quitting completely tends to be more successful. The best way is to set a date and make a clean break. Do make your decisions in consultation with your GP or pharmacist.

I've tried to quit before and it didn't work. What can I do?

Remember that most people try to quit numerous times before they're successful. Review your past attempts to quit and think about what worked and what didn't. Try the successful strategies again. Consider your habits and your routines and how you could change them.

What kinds of things can I do when I feel the urge to smoke?

Talk with someone, go for a walk, drink water or occupy yourself with a task. Reduce your stress levels by exercising, having a hot bath or listening to some relaxing music. See more tips below for changing your smoking habits.

Some of my friends and family smoke. I'm trying to quit, what should I do when I'm with them?

Spend some time thinking about and pre planning what it might be like to spend time with them once you quit. Try some of the following tips to make it a little bit easier:

  • For the first few weeks, try to avoid situations where people are smoking.
  • Pick a phrase such as 'I'm quitting smoking' or 'no thanks, I don't smoke'
  • Consider whether you have a non-smoking friend who would be a good support person to help you stay the course.
  • Find something to reach for to keep your hands busy.
  • Be prepared to excuse yourself and go to the bathroom – wash your face, take some deep breaths. Sometimes removing yourself from the situation can be enough.
  • Be ready to step back inside or outside, walk around the block, or perhaps head home!
Smoking HabitStrategy
First thing in the morningHave a shower first thing
With coffee (or tea)Change to a different drink, brand or coffee or mug, change the place where you drink it.
At morning teaRead a magazine or book, sit in a different place, or with different people.
At the computer at homeShift your desk around or redecorate it
After lunch/ dinnerGo for a walk
At afternoon teaTry a herbal tea, read the paper
Straight after workDo some exercise or meditation
Just before dinnerEat dinner earlier or later, drink a glass of water
With alcoholChange to a different drink, hold glass in smoking hand
As you plan your next task/ assignment/ projectDeep breathe or try a relaxation or mindfulness exercise
When you're with another smokerChew gum, bring a water bottle, stay indoors
As a reward – e.g. completing an assignmentListen to music, have a piece of fruit
At night when watching TVChange the furniture around, hold a stress ball, do some stretching
Just before bedHave a warm drink, herbal tea or read a book