ACU will take steps towards becoming a Tobacco-Free University from 1 July 2014.
Initially the ACU Melbourne Campus will join other Victorian universities to become tobacco-free in 2014, and then continue to expand the policy across the remaining campuses in NSW, Queensland and the ACT in 2015. ACU's Ballarat Campus has led the way as a tobacco-free environment for the past six years.
The transition to a tobacco-free environment at ACU means that the existing smoking restrictions in buildings are now extended to all outdoor areas and controlled properties.
ACU Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Dr Stephen Weller said the University recognises the increasing evidence of health risks associated with exposure to second-hand smoke, as well as life-threatening disease linked to the use of tobacco, and this initiative was a positive step towards providing a healthy environment for staff and students.
"ACU values the health and wellbeing of its staff and students and is committed to providing a smoke-free work and study environment," Dr Weller said.
ACU will offer support to staff and students who wish to reduce or quit smoking, by providing QUIT information seminars, counselling and self-help resources.