Smoke Free Campus Policy:
Both the Riverside and City campuses of City of Glasgow College are now completely smoke-free in all buildings, grounds and walkways. They have placed ‘No Smoking’ signs with the Quit Your Way helpline number and the Tobacco-free Generation logo around campus and in areas where people tend to congregate to smoke.
Smoke-free campus policies have been extended into off campus events sponsored by the college, demonstrating the commitment across the college to create a healthier learning experience for all.
Rather than framing the new smoke-free campus policy as a judgement against smokers, the college has done an exceptional job at accepting everyone’s right to make their own decisions about smoking. With this said, they have included all students in the conversation about smoking and framed the new policy in a positive light as a way to protect the right of all students to an environment free from the harms of second-hand smoke.
The City of Glasgow College has sponsored events focused at promoting the college’s commitment to creating a smoke-free campus.
The Fairtrade Football Tournament was hosted by the Students Association and Student Engagement Team. This event is held annually but in 2018 it was used as an opportunity to promote the new smoke-free policy. The entire event was smoke-free and smoking cessation information was made available for students and staff. The rules were enforced by students and were explained as a way to ensure a smoke-free environment for all.
No-smoking policies that are enforced by peers are examples of how the college is working to create a culture where tobacco is out of sight, out of mind and out of fashion. Furthermore, a social media campaign featured athletes posing for a photo before a match declaring that they were smoke-free. These student athletes serve as role models to the rest of the student body championing a smoke-free lifestyle.
For No Smoking Day, students were asked to trade in a cigarette for a hot drink and cake. Information on smoking cessation services were delivered by staff members in student areas and near exits. By the end of the day 70 students had traded in cigarettes and filled out a survey which has given the college a better understanding of the smoking population among students.
They found that 40% of current student smokers had started before the age of 16 and 57% of them would like to quit as they view smoking as a barrier to living a healthy lifestyle. These statistics show that smoking is an issue across campus and the effort to create a smoke free generation by the City of Glasgow College alongside ASH Scotland is of great importance.