Smokefree and Vapefree Policy

The University of Auckland is now smokefree and vapefree.

Policy updated

Following consultation earlier in the year, the University’s Smokefree Policy has been updated - all University buildings, facilities and grounds are smokefree and vapefree from the start of Semester Two. 

Thank you to everyone who shared their views during the consultation period. There was strong support for the new policy. The importance of supporting the health and wellbeing of students and staff was recognised, as well as the desire to see support provided to those students and staff who want to quit.  

This policy supports the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and everyone coming to campus – thank you for your support.  

Policy in-action

New fixed and moveable signage will be going up over the coming months, providing a visual reminder of the new policy. If you find you need to remind someone of the policy in and around buildings where you work, please be considerate and treat others with respect. 

Our campuses are intersected by, and close to, city or suburban streets and parks, which provide plenty of public spaces for smokers and vapers. If there is a repeated issue with smoking or vaping in a particular location on campus, please notify Property Services who can investigate further, and look at signage or other requirements that might help. 

Smoking cessation resources

Smoking, vaping and the use of other drugs can have serious effects on your health. The University of Auckland is proud to be a smokefree and vapefree campus. However, we recognise and understand that giving up cigarettes and vapes isn't always easy.

If you're ready to stop and are looking for help, visit our Be well website.

You can also make an appointment with Student Health and Counselling, who can give you a referral to Quitline.

In the future, we are hoping to offer students free Smoking Cessation Clinics, run by NIHI researchers. Please check back for more details in the coming weeks.