Frequently asked questions

Why has RMIT decided to go smoke-free?

The University values the health and wellbeing of RMIT students, staff and visitors (including contract workers) and a smoke-free environment has been implemented to create a healthy, safe and positive campus for everyone.

Passive smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke affects the health of both smokers and non-smokers. It can cause serious health disease and conditions – there is no level of exposure to second-hand smoke that is free of risk.

There are many benefits to being a smoke-free University, which include:

  • reducing the risk of smoking-related illness in RMIT students and staff
  • reducing fire-related risks within RMIT facilities
  • minimising the exposure of tobacco smoke within the RMIT community
  • motivating and raising awareness of the health risks associated with smoking
  • promoting a cleaner environment for the wellbeing of students, staff and visitors
  • promoting a community that actively encourages and welcomes a smoke-free environment
  • minimising the environmental impact of rubbish that is contributed by cigarettes butts on campus.

Where does the smoke-free initiative extend to?

RMIT’s smoke-free initiative extends to all RMIT property, including:

  • all land
  • buildings
  • car parks
  • vehicles
  • facilities, and
  • other property owned or leased by or under the control of the University.

Where can I smoke?

All RMIT campuses have been smoke-free since 31 May 2014.

City, Brunswick and Bundoora campuses have designated smoking areas. Please refer to the maps below for locations.

What is considered a tobacco product and is therefore prohibited?

Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes, electronic nicotine devices and the use of any other implements that emit harmful or toxic smoke for the purpose of inhaling. Any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to, hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts, clove cigarettes, or any other preparation of tobacco, is prohibited.

RMIT’s decision to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes is based on the Australian Government’s Therapeutics Good Administration.

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) or e-cigs are devices for making mist or vapour for inhalation, that usually simulate the act of cigarette smoking. Electronic cigarettes are sometimes marketed as an option to help people quit something, or as a tobacco replacement (TGA 2013).

Unlike nicotine replacement therapy products (which have been rigorously assessed for efficacy and safety, and therefore approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration), no assessment of electronic cigarettes has been undertaken and, therefore, the quality and safety of electronic cigarettes is not known (TGA 2013).

I’ve been thinking about quitting, how do I start?

Start your Quit journey by speaking to your GP, call the Quitline or make an appointment with a counsellor. Our quit information and support page might also contain some useful information. Talk it through with someone (like a friend or work colleague) who will help you build motivation, prepare for quitting, choose a quitting product or method, and help you stay on track once you’ve quit. Let your family and friends know so they can support you on your smoke-free future.

Will RMIT be assisting and supporting students and staff?

This initiative has been implemented to create a healthy and safe environment for all RMIT students, staff and visitors. We encourage smokers to reduce or quit smoking and will support this process through health and wellbeing campaigns and quit-smoking information.

Students can seek support from the RMIT Student Counselling service and access online resources on the Student Health Tobacco page.

Staff will be offered quit-smoking assistance through the Staff Employee Assistance Program.

All students and staff can visit QUIT Victoria’s Quitline for more information and resources:

Have other universities gone smoke-free as well?

Yes. This smoke-free initiative undertaken by RMIT is jointly implemented at all other Universities in Victoria, some of which have already gone smoke-free or are in the process of going smoke-free.

In support of improving public health, many other settings have also gone smoke-free such as the Victorian Public Transport Network, parts of City of Melbourne streets, parks and playgrounds.


If you have any questions or comments please email smokefree@rmit.edu.au