We are encouraging universities across Wales to make their campuses smokefree, to improve the health of staff and students and reduce smoking-related litter.
Improve the health of staff and students
University campuses across the country are a hub for young people to learn and socialise as well as providing jobs for thousands of staff. Through our smokefree universities initiative we are encouraging universities across Wales to make their campuses smokefree. This will improve the health of staff and students and reduce smoking-related litter.
Overall smoking rates are declining in Wales but there’s still work to be done in when it comes to those aged 18-24:
What are we calling for?
Why go smokefree?
Your university will meet the criteria around the Welsh Government’s forthcoming Healthy Universities (HE/FE) framework on substance misuse. It will be healthier for everyone, staff and students are supported to lead healthy lifestyles.
Prompting Quit Attempts
Existing smokers may be prompted to quit and many others will not commence smoking as a direct result of the smokefree policy.
Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, found on 86% of Wales’ streets. The cost of cleaning waste across the University campus will be reduced.
What about e-cigarettes?
It is up to each institution to decide whether they will prohibit or permit e-cigarette use on their premises. These 5 questions can help you to decide whether you will prohibit or permit e-cigarette use on your premises.
Implement a smokefree policy with our toolkit
We’ve designed a toolkit for universities to implement a policy at their institution.
This guide has been modified from a similar guide by ASH Australia which was used as a model for Canadian and international guides.
- Why we should make campuses tobacco-free – and how to do it
- Tobacco facts
- Elements of a tobacco-free policy
- Step-by-step guide to developing and implementing policy
- Examples of effective policies
- FAQs and Myths Busted
1Robinson S and Bugler C (2010). Smoking and drinking among adults, 2008. General Lifestyle Survey 2008. ONS.
2Office for National Statistics (2013). General Lifestyle Survey Overview: A report on the 2011 General Lifestyle Survey.