The move will coincide with 2018 World No-Tobacco Day.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Communities) Carl Rallings said USQ was committed to providing a healthy place of work and study for the University’s employees and students.
“The negative health impacts of tobacco smoke are now well recognised, posing significant health risks to smokers and non-smokers alike,” Mr Rallings said.
“Across the Australian higher-education sector, a growing number of tertiary institutions and TAFE Colleges are joining a number of universities nationally that are already smoke-free.”
Mr Rallings said USQ will undertake a range of activities to communicate and promote the transition in the lead up to May 31.
“This period will also provide an opportunity for staff and students to avail themselves of the range of support options if help is required to quit smoking,” he said.
“For example, USQ has partnered with Queensland Health to offer the Smoke-Free Quit Program free of charge to all USQ employees who are interested in quitting.
“The Quit Program offers people who join the program access to quit resources, regular support from the Quitline phone counselling service, and free nicotine replacement therapy products (patches, gum or lozenges) across a 12 week period.”
Further information will be available over the coming weeks and months. All members of the USQ community are encouraged to contact USQSafetyandWellbeing@usq.edu.au if they have any queries.
USQ is taking a breath of fresh air, announcing that its campuses will become smoke-free as of May 31.