Stub out Smoking and Litter

1st April 2008 2:11pm - Return to press releases

Stop Smoking 2008 Campaign

East Riding College is actively promoting and supporting staff and students to quit smoking. Since England went ?smoke free? in July 2007 the College has only permitted smoking in designated areas.

To encourage staff and students to quit the habit, all front line staff including the reception and learning resource centre wore ?No Smoking? t-shirts to promote The National No Smoking day on
12 March. Publicity materials and help-line details were advertised around all the college sites.

Earlier in the year a ?No Smoking? support group was launched at East Riding College, in direct response to the student focus groups. Hull and East Riding Specialist Smoking Cessation Services came into the College to deliver a course especially for staff and students. The course ran for 6 weeks and included motivation, preparation and planning, keeping it going and the final week ?You?ve made It?. The course was very well attended at the college?s main sites in Beverley and Bridlington. Another 6 week programme will start in the Summer term to continue from the No Smoking Day promotion.

Wendy Chaplin, Safety Health Environment Manager said ?Working in conjunction with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, East Riding College is able to take further steps to make staff and students aware that when not on college premises, tab ends become a major litter problem and spoils the environment for everyone.

?With thanks to the council for their new initiatives ?Stubbies? a portable ash tray, this issue is now being addressed so that smokers can take responsible action when disposing of their cigarette ends.

?The approach by the college is two fold to encourage students to quit the habit and ensure that their actions do not effect the environment. Working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council a very positive message is being delivered.?