Dundee and Angus College Case Study
Dundee & Angus College endorsed Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation in July 2016, in recognition of the progress made towards creating a tobacco-free culture across their campuses.
The Clean Air Campus approach taken by the college aimed to reclaim outdoor space for everyone’s use; free from cigarette smoke. Dundee & Angus College took practical steps across campus to bring about positive changes.
Representatives from the college Learner Engagement and Estates and Sustainability teams, the students association, Dundee Council ASH Scotland & NUS Scotland were brought together as a cross campus working group to develop and implement the college’s new clean air policy. From the outset, it was clear they wanted to:
- reduce the visibility of smoking on campus by moving smoking away from the entrances and exits to buildings
- reduce cigarette related litter across campus
- create a clear policy for e-cigarette use
- provide a supportive environment for those wishing to quit.
The group also identified that the new policy should focus on creating a safe and healthy environment for all staff, students and visitors; rather than do’s and don’ts for smokers. With these objectives in mind, they established a project plan with timescales.
The first phase involved consultation and communication with students and staff including open meetings, notifications on the staff portal and student intranet, social research with peers, plus, No Smoking Day was used to gather feedback from staff and students.