Can the University really ban the use of cigarettes, given they are a legal product?
In introducing a smoke-free environment, Federation University Australia is not banning the use of cigarettes, but prohibiting smoking on Federation University Australia property. Providing a smoke-free environment ensures we can all enjoy a positive, healthy and safe environment, without the negative impact of cigarette smoke. Restrictions on the use of legal products in certain defined areas protect the safety and amenity of the whole community.
As a manager, how do I manage the time lost from the workplace by staff who go for a smoke during normal working hours?
The approach to managing staff who lose work time by going for a smoke should not be different to what it is now. If a manager finds that a staff member is spending too much time away from their work, over and above their normal lunch hour, they should counsel them appropriately, whether they are going for a smoke, coffee or chatting to colleagues, etc. It is the individual's choice to smoke and they have to manage this appropriately, in accordance with University policy, so it does not impact on their work.
What are the other Victorian universities doing about smoking on their campuses?
A working party involving all Victorian universities is ensuring the introduction of smoke-free campuses across the state is conducted in a collegial, consistent and co-ordinated manner.
- Australian Catholic University has been smoke-free since 1 July 2014
- Deakin has been smoke-free since 10 March 2014
- LaTrobe has been smoke-free since 31 May 2014
- Monash began phasing in a smoke-free campus from 28 July 2014, and will be smoke-free by 2016
- RMIT has been smoke-free since 31 May 2014
- Swinburne has been smoke-free since 12 August 2013
- University of Melbourne began phasing in a smoke-free campus from 4 February 2014
What about electronic cigarettes?
An extract from a Department of Health, Victoria, document states: "On 1 January 2009, legislative changes came in to effect to prohibit electronic cigarettes and their cartridges containing nicotine in Victoria. The decision was made on the basis that nicotine for human use is a dangerous poison and electronic cigarettes have not been assessed for safety, quality or efficacy.
In Victoria it is illegal to manufacture, sell, supply, purchase or otherwise obtain, possess or use an electronic cigarette or cartridge containing nicotine.
The prohibition applies to electronic cigarettes obtained from anywhere within Australia as well as overseas, whether over the internet or by other means."
The Australian medicines regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) does not support the use of electronic cigarettes. Information on the Therapeutic Goods Administration website states 'Electronic cigarettes have not been evaluated for quality, safety or performance by the TGA.'