NorthTec goes smokefree

31 May 2017

NorthTec goes smokefree

NorthTec is celebrating World Smokefree Day today by instigating a new, smokefree campus policy across all its learning centres.

The policy change means that smokers will no longer be able to smoke in designated areas of any campus.

The move was celebrated with a lunchtime event held on each main campus, bringing students and staff together with food and music.

Huhana Lyndon, NorthTec’s Director Learner Support, said: “The smokefree campus policy brings NorthTec into line with the rest of the New Zealand tertiary education sector. We are creating a smokefree workplace and promoting a healthier lifestyle. It’s about the health and wellbeing of our community.

“The theme for this year’s World Smokefree Day is “It’s about whānau” - reflecting the fact that going smokefree is good for everybody.

“By partnering with Toki Rau, Northland’s Stop Smoking Service, we have lots of support available for smokers who want to quit, including free nicotine patches, lozenges and chewing gum.”

Any structures previously used by smokers will be repurposed as general sheltered areas for use by all students or staff.

Free support for smokers who want to quit is provided by the NorthTec health centre, and will also be available through the Toki Rau providers across Northland.