Smoke-free JCU Campus
All Staff, Students, members of JCU Council, Affiliates, Visitors, Tenants, Controlled Entities, Volunteers and Contractors who come on to a JCU campus will need to adhere to the JCU Smoke-free Campus Policy. This also includes the general public walking through our campuses as well as all Student Accommodation.
Our move to smoke-free campuses is part of a broader commitment by all Queensland universities and TAFE colleges to provide healthier smoke-free environments. This initiative emerged from the 2016 Queensland Parliamentary Committee inquiry into smoking* and tobacco use at universities, technical and further education facilities, and registered training organisations.
In Queensland, the State Government is supporting all public universities to implement smoke-free policies through its Smoke-free Higher Education and Training initiative. All Queensland universities will be smoke-free as of 1 July 2018.
JCU has a legal responsibility to provide a safe workplace and to protect staff, students and visitors from the serious health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke. We recognise that our staff, students and visitors have a personal choice to smoke, but we recognise the right for staff and students who do not smoke to work and study in an environment free from second-hand smoke.
Where you can smoke
JCU's Smoke-free Campus Policy will be amended to indicate smoking is not permitted on JCU grounds. This includes all JCU buildings, grounds, carparks and vehicles.
If you wish to smoke, you will need to go off-campus, beyond the campus boundaries.
When choosing a location off-campus to smoke, please consider neighbours and the environment, and dispose of cigarette butts by using your personal butt-bin. We recommend you choose an area that is not remote, is safe, and well lit at night.
Please note, smoking is not permitted within the adjoining Townsville Hospital and medical services precinct.