Fife College Case Study
Fife College introduced a Clear Air Policy in 2016. The move was intended as a stepping stone towards their long term aspiration to be a smoke-free campus.
Towards a smoke-free campus
Fife College’s clean-air policy has been framed in a positive light as a way to protect every student’s right to an environment free from smoke.
The institution’s policy highlights that Fife College aims to be smoke-free . Several measures have already been implemented to ease the transition.
- One of the five campuses is already smoke-free, with smoking not permitted anywhere on that campus. To promote the transition, designated smoking/vaping areas are situated on the remaining four campuses.
- The college works in partnership with local NHS stop-smoking services to support staff and students to quit smoking whilst promoting positive health messages across campus.
- The Student Association team uses ‘Big Ciggie’ a mean cigarette character suit to encourage students to move towards designated areas and to start a conversation about whether they have thought about stopping smoking.
- Ballot bins have been installed in the campuses smoking shelters. The polling bins have multiple uses; they encourage smokers to dispose of cigarette butts properly, they engage with smokers by asking a question and they promote the Quit Your Way helpline. Maintenance staff reported a decrease in cigarette litter in the shelters where ballot bins were available.
Fife College was the first college to pledge support for Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation an initiative to help deliver a tobacco-free generation by 2034.