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Tobacco Free Policy

Universiti Teknologi MARA, Sungai Buloh, Selayang and Teluk Intan Campuses

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1.0 Introduction

The personal health hazards related to all tobacco products, including but not limited to, smoking (e.g. cigarettes, pipes, cigars, hookah, etc.) and/ or using smokeless tobacco (e.g., snuff, chew-gutka, jarda, betel quid, etc.) have been well-documented. The health hazards related to smoking impact both the smoker and the non-smoker who is exposed to second hand smoke.

Thus, it is the intent of UiTM Sungai Buloh, Selayang and Teluk Intan Campuses to provide all employees with a healthy work environment. The tobacco free policy will be in line with the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 (under Food Act 1983 whereby all private and government educational institutions are gazetted as smoke free areas).

UiTM campuses of  Sungai Buloh, Selayang and Teluk Intan wish to implement a tobacco free policy as it  will be  more comprehensive than the gazetted smoke free institutions. This would include prohibition of sales, promotion, and advertisement on all forms of tobacco products. All sponsorships and collaborations with tobacco industries are also prohibited. This is also in line with the Framework Convention Tobacco Control (FCTC), an international treaty, in which Malaysia became a party since 15th December 2005.

This policy aims to serve three main purposes:

  • To provide a healthy and safe workplace
  • To protect all employees, students and visitors from second hand smoke
  • To encourage and support workers and students who want to quit smoking

This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, contractors and employees of contractors providing services on campuses, agents, guests, patients and visitors.

 2.0 Definitions of all the terms in the policy

 

  • ‘university campus” or “campus” includes those lands located and healthcare facilities in Sungai Buloh, Selayang and Teluk Intan campuses occupied or controlled by the Universiti Teknologi MARA. The fifty meter (50m) areas surrounding such facilities are also designated as no smoking areas. The Director or designee may allow smoking in specific designated areas of campus for clinical treatment purposes, including smoking cessation programs.
  • Any facilities occupied or controlled by the Universiti Teknologi MARA that are not on the university campus as defined above continue to be designated no smoking facilities.
  • “tobacco” means any product obtained from the leaf of the nicotiana Tobacum plant or other related and includes any tobacco product;
  • “tobacco product” means tobacco, cigarette or cigar or any other form of tobacco including any mixture containing tobacco which is designed for human consumption but excludes any medicinal product controlled under the Poisons Act 1952 or the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.
  • “tobacco use” means the personal use of any tobacco product, whether intended to be lit or not, which shall include smoking, as defined above, as well as the use of an electronic cigarette or any other device intended to simulate smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco, including snuff; chewing tobacco; smokeless pouches; any other forms of loose-leaf, smokeless tobacco; and the use of unlit cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco.
  • “smoking” means inhaling and expelling the smoke of any tobacco product (including e cigarette), mimicking tobacco products (e.g. vape) and includes the holding of or control over any ignited tobacco product/ mimicking products (e.g. vape).

 

3.0 Policy Implementation

  • The policy will take full effect on 1st January 2016.

4.0 Application of policy

This policy applies to faculties (Medical Faculty and Dentistry Faculty), staff, students, consultants, contractors, patients, visitors and whoever are within the designated premises of the campuses.

Smoking and tobacco use are prohibited in all facilities and areas of the Universiti Teknologi MARA in Sungai Buloh, Selayang and Teluk Intan campuses without exception.

This includes, but not limited to, all indoor and outdoor areas and properties.

  • Indoor areas and properties include, but are not limited to, all common work areas, classrooms, auditorium, seminar rooms, laboratories, clinics, wards, procedure rooms, elevators, hallways, university-owned or -leased vehicles, garages, restrooms, cafeterias or dining areas, employee lounges, campuses or student colleges, conference and meeting rooms, and all other enclosed areas in the workplace.
  • Outdoor areas include, but are not limited to, parking lots, grounds, rooftops, courtyards, entrance and exit ways, and any other areas of the university campus.

 

5.0 Communication and Dissemination of Policy

 

Persons will be informed of this policy through:

 

  • Signs posted in appropriate areas throughout the university
  • University/ campus web site
  • E-mail communication to all employees and students

 

6.0 Enforcement

 

This policy is enforced to all workers, students, visitors, contractors, and all individuals that has entered the campus. Those who are in violation of the policy should be reminded of the policy and asked to comply by immediately discarding the tobacco product.

6.1  First Offence:

  • All staff, faculty, and students violating the policy should be reminded of the policy and asked to comply by discarding the tobacco product, and given a written warning note.
  • Patients, visitors, contactors and their workers violating the policy will be advised appropriately and referred to cessation clinic where applicable

6.2  Second Offence:

  • All staff, faculty, and students violating the policy should be reminded of the policy and asked to comply by discarding the tobacco product, and given a second warning note.
  • Patients, visitors, contactors and their workers violating the policy shall be referred to cessation

6.3  Third Offence

  • All violators shall be subjected to a fine stipulated by the campus/ university.
  • If a student refuses to comply with the policy, the warden shall be contacted. That office will follow up with the student regarding the policy and take appropriate disciplinary action, in conjunction with the university’s progressive disciplinary process.
  • If a staff or faculty member refuses to comply with the policy, the immediate superior shall be notified. The immediate supervisor will follow up with the employee to remind him/her about the policy and available resources. Continuing violations may also result in appropriate disciplinary action in conjunction with the university’s progressive disciplinary process.
  • All violators shall be subjected to the enforcement officer and actions taken as stipulated in the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 (Food Act 1983).

 

7.0 Responsibilities for Policy Implementation

7.1 The Head of Discipline/ Department/ Cluster of the faculties or clinical centre of the campuses are responsible to inform all staff regarding the implementation of this policy.

7.2 “No smoking” signs should be displayed in all entrance areas of all buildings in campuses and all hotspot areas within the campuses.

7.3 Facility Unit is responsible to install the no smoking signs and tobacco free campus signs in the campuses and inform all contractors about the prohibition of smoking in the campus.

7.4 All canteens vendors are required to inform customers who smoke in the area to immediately stop smoking and discard the remaining cigarette. If they fail to comply, they should be requested by the vendor to leave the premise.

7.5 Persons responsible for the implementation of this policy are:

1) Enforcement of Act and fines: 

Environmental Health Officer in Health Office from Ministry of Health

2) All staff appointed by the Director of Campuses:

  1. a) The Security Officers of the campuses.
  2. b) Tobacco Free Initiative committee members.
  3. c) Support, clinical and administrative staff from various areas/ specialties

 

8.0 Availability of Support for Smokers

The Smoking Cessation Clinic and Student Health Clinic in Clinical Training Center (CTC) will enrol any individual who wishes to quit in a comprehensive smoking cessation program. This includes counselling and cessation services. All employees, including students and patients, who are interested, are encouraged to learn more about this program.

 

9.0 Promotion, Sales, Direct and Indirect Tobacco Advertisements and sponsorship from tobacco companies

UiTM Campus Sungai Buloh, Selayang and Teluk Intan will not allow any form of promotion, sales, tobacco advertisements (Direct and Indirect) and sponsorships/ collaborations with any tobacco companies. This includes:

  • All staff and student activities, within and outside campuses bearing the name of UiTM.
  • All carnivals and intake of new students.

 

10.0 Orientation and Intake of Students and New Staff

All Head of Centres/ Clusters/ Discipline are encouraged to take into account smoking status for intake of new staff and students. All new intakes are encouraged to attend the smoking cessation clinic for smoking status assessment within one month of admission. Subsequently, staff and students who smoke are required to attend quitting sessions in the clinic by appointment.

11.0 Information regarding the policy

Any questions regarding this policy should be referred to the Assistant Vice Chancellor’s office, Tobacco Free Initiative Committee.

12.0 Review of policy

This policy will be reviewed 6 months after the first implementation and yearly afterwards.

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Moving into a Healthy Tobacco-free Campus Initiative

            

1.      Development of Policy Tobacco Free Campus UiTM
   1.    Feb 2015- A Tobacco free initiative committee was formed.
   2.    April 2015- Needs assessment survey was conducted. Result revealed 82.3% of  UiTM  residents wants a tobacco free campus.
   3.    31 May 2015 - Policy Development and was approved by Legal advisor of UiTM.
   4.    Series of Workshop Training for Policy Implementers.
   5.    1st January 2016- Policy Tobacco Free Campus was launched and implemented to  three campuses; Sungai Buloh , Selayang, Teluk Intan Campuses.
       
 2.      Supportive Environment  was provided for quit smoking by ;
  1.     Appropriate signage/ signs of no smoking in campuses area.
  2.    Designated smoking areas in the campuses.
  3.    Provide social support for smokers through quit smoking clinic which was launched  on  31st May 2015 providng free services to assist cessation of smoking.
       
3.      Skills Training
  1.    Training for trainers comprised - health professionals and students on smoking  cessation treatment and counselling technique through series of workshop.
  2.    Training for policy Implementers
  3.    Training for smokers planning on quitting
       
4.      Community Involvement
  1.    World Tobacco Day (31st May 2015)
  2.    Launching of Tobacco free Campus Policy
  3.    Tobacco-free society for medical students e.g. Green Lung Society
       
5.      Reorientation of Health Services
  1.     Educational materials
  2.     Orientation of quit smoking clinic, timetable suitable etc.
       
6.     Reports, evaluation and research
       

 

 

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  Tobacco Free Initiative Committee
  Faculty of Medicine and Dentisry
tobaccofreeinitiativeuitm@gmail.com
   
  Our Coordinator:
  Dr Siti Munirah Yasin
019 - 2515325
sitimu.yasin@gmail.com
   
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