As of 1 July 2018, UQ is smoke-free.

Smoking is not permitted on any UQ campus or recognised site. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes, vapour pens or other devices.

The smoke-free policy covers all:

  • campuses
  • research sites
  • UQ-leased premises
  • car parks and ovals
  • UQ fleet vehicles
  • other motor vehicles while on campus.

All staff, students, visitors, contractors and volunteers are required to follow UQ's smoke-free policy. This includes the general public walking across any part of UQ's campuses or sites.

These boundary maps show the areas where smoking is not permitted on selected UQ sites: 

If you move off site to smoke, we strongly recommend that you choose an area that is not remote, is safe and is well-lit at night.

The decision to go smoke-free supports UQ's commitment to providing a productive, safe and healthy working and learning environment. It's part of a wider initiative to provide healthier smoke-free environments across all of Queensland's universities and higher education institutions.

UQ also has a legal responsibility to:

  • provide a safe working and learning environment
  • protect staff, students and visitors from as many avoidable health risks as possible, including risks associated with exposure to second-hand smoke.

Support to quit

Quitting smoking can be difficult, but there are support options available.

UQ offers support to both staff and students who wish to quit smoking: 

  • Staff are encouraged to register for the Smoke-Free UQ Quit program for staff.
  • Students can make an appointment with UQ Health Care to discuss their situation, or present their student ID at the Campus Pharmacy to be provided with a supply of suitable nicotine replacement therapy products.

Quitline at 13QUIT (13 78 48) is a free and confidential service that provides advice and assistance tailored to your particular needs. Trained counsellors are available 7 days a week to offer support and encouragement.

Doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals can provide advice on replacement therapy and other treatments. You can also find additional support and information through:

If you have any questions about quitting support available to you, contact UQ Wellness Program.

SAVE Project

A number of Queensland universities are reviewing their policies concerning smoking and using electronic cigarettes on campus.

Research from the SAVE (Smoking and Vaping in Educational Settings) Project aims to inform the planning and evaluation of smoking policies by gaining insight into the knowledge, attitudes and practices of staff, students and wider university communities.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers, and other university staff and students at The University of Queensland, the University of Canterbury, CQUniversity and James Cook University.

Survey outcomes will be provided here once the data has been analysed.


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