Breath of Fresh Air

as USQ Goes Smoke-Free

Breath of Fresh Air USQ Student Ambassadors Jasmine Kidman and Nikki Hoey with USQ smoke-free mascot Loki

In celebration of World No-Tobacco Day (May 31), the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) proudly announced that it is officially smoke-free.

The University has gradually introduced the change to its campuses over a seven-year period, allowing its communities to adapt and embrace USQ as a healthier place to study and work.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Communities) Carl Rallings said the smoke-free approval would have a positive impact on staff and students.

“There is clear evidence that smoke-free environments reduce exposure to second-hand smoke, increase the rate of quitting and reduce the number of people taking up smoking,” Mr Rallings said.

“By going smoke-free, USQ is supporting the health of our students, staff, contractors and visitors.

USQ Student Ambassador Nikki Hoey (right) spreads the word about USQ going smoke-free to students Blake Hohenhaus and Rose Dearinger


“I encourage any of our students seeking further help to quit smoking to visit the USQ website for support.”

The USQ ban is part of a broader commitment by all Queensland universities and TAFE Queensland to provide healthier smoke-free environments.

“The smoke-free higher education and training initiative is being implemented by the Queensland Government to facilitate and support universities to create smoke-free environments,” Mr Rallings said.

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