An expansion of tobacco-free Trinity to Halls would undermine students’ autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“In January, the Trinity’s Health Promotion Officer visited Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council to present a proposal which had been circling: the idea of expanding Trinity’s tobacco-free campus to Trinity Hall. The presentation was informal, and designed as an effort to seek feedback from students on whether they would support or reject the idea …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Trinity News, 3 April]

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Smoke-Free Trinity Stubs Out Cigarette Bins

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the latest step on Trinity’s journey to becoming a smoke-free campus, ashtrays have been removed from bins around campus. In recent weeks, the ashtrays, which were located on top of bins around the College, have begun to disappear, as College battles to enforce a smoking ban implemented in March this year …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 26 November]

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College Reports 83% Drop in Smoking in Tobacco Free Zones During Pilot Scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Smoking in Trinity’s tobacco free zones reduced by 83% between July 2016 and March 2019, the College has announced. The zones were situated around the Day Nursery, around Fellow’s Square and around the Sports Centre …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 October]

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Calls For UCC To Take Stance On Vaping

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following University of Limerick’s President Dr Des Fitzgerald’s announcement that vaping on campus will banned , people in the UCC community are calling out for a similar action to be carried out, to restrict the usage of the addictive devices …” (more)

[University Express, 2 October]

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Minister urged to ban vaping on all college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick (UL) is urging the Department of Education to ban vaping across all Irish educational institutions. Dr Des Fitzgerald, a professor of molecular medicine and former chief academic officer for the Ireland East Hospital Group, said vaping is now ‘a real health risk and is being directly implicated in health crises and even deaths among users’ …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 23 September]

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UL president calls for calls for vaping ban on all college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university president says vaping should be banned on all college campuses. Dr Des Fitzgerald, President of University of Limerick, wants the government to implement a ban due to newly discovered health risks associated with vaping. UL is the only college in Ireland that has already stopped the use of e-cigarettes …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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Trinity becomes a tobacco free campus on National No Smoking Day

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin became a tobacco free campus on National No Smoking Day, 6 March. The Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne marked this milestone with the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, Students’ Union Sports Officer, Darragh Flood and Healthy Trinity Ambassador, Nuria de Cos Lara by hitting a cigarette-shaped piñata hanging from a tree in Front Square …” (more)

[Trinity College, 6 March]

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Trinity College Dublin stubs out outdoor smoking on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will officially become a tobacco-free campus on Wednesday, National No Smoking Day, almost three years after creating tobacco-free zones on its campus. After initial resistance from the TCD Students’ Union, the momentum to make the campus tobacco-free grew with student support …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Students Had Five Years to Mobilise Against A Smoke-Free Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At long last, Tobacco Free Trinity has finally achieved its goal. Trinity is now a smoke-free campus, after years of planning and debate and in spite of the rancour of some students. After initially coming out against it, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) eventually softened its position and then decided it’d be better off having no stance at all …” (more)

[University Times, 17 December]

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Trinity to Become a Smoke-Free Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The College Board today approved the introduction of a smoke-free campus, after a successful two-year pilot, years of campaigning and a Trinity College Dublin Students Union (TCDSU) vote this year that showed students were overwhelmingly in favour of the move. There are now just three smoking zones on campus …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 12 December]

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Healthy UCD is a trick of smoke and sugars

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In 2014, the first step of UCD’s smoke free campus was rolled out, with the banning of the sale of cigarettes on campus. Since 2015, the University has been announcing further steps in this policy, with maps showing which areas are smoke free. In reality only the first of these rules is known by the majority of smokers, which is the prohibition of smoking within 10 meters of the entrance of a building …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 31 October]

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Students Vote Overwhelmingly in Favour of Smoke-Free Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 70% of students voted today in favour of a set of proposals designed to make Trinity tobacco free. The result of the plebiscite will not be binding but will inform Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union’s (TCDSU) policy on the matter …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 21 September]

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A Tobacco-Free Campus is Inevitable

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Standing in the silence of Front Square, smoking a cigarette and looking out over the moonlit campanile: a hedonistic act of the highest order. It’s easy to imagine that Wilde himself might have been lighting one up right here on campus when he famously wrote that a cigarette is ‘the perfect type of a perfect pleasure’ …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 14 September]

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Our Campus Could Be Going Smoke Free, and Neither Union Has a Stance

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2018 by steve

“Five years after its inception, Tobacco Free Trinity returned to the headlines this week, with the College seeking to expand smoke-free zones on campus. Though discussion on the matter has been delayed until next month’s meeting of the College Board, Trinity’s students’ unions won’t be able to avoid confronting their own position on it for much longer …” (more)

[University Times, 1 July]

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Trinity to Consider Expansion of Smoke-Free Zones

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following contention among students, Tobacco Free Trinity will recommend expanding smoke free zones at a meeting of the College Board next week, with a proposal to run further education campaigns across campus. The committee’s latest report, seen by The University Times, also recommends encouraging visitors to stop smoking …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, Irish Times, 23 June]

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University of Limerick to ban smoking and vaping across all campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“Smoking and vaping anywhere on the University of Limerick campus will be banned from Friday June 1, the University has announced today. This ban applies to all University campuses and includes the use of all electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars and electronic pipes, whether they deliver a nicotine dose or not …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 29 May]

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IT Carlow gets one step closer to having smoke-free campus today

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IT Carlow takes one big step towards becoming a smoke-free campus today. From today smoking will be banned from all the main outdoor areas …” (more)

[MaryAnn Vaughan, KCLR 96 FM, 15 February]

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Carlow IT is banning smoking from all main outdoor areas

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Institute of Technology Carlow is banning smoking from all its main outdoor areas. From next month, lighting up will be restricted to three designated shelters across the campus to create a smoke-free environment …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 February]

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Smoke-Free Zones a Success, Says Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… The introduction of no-smoking zones in Trinity has been heralded as a success by members of the Tobacco Free Trinity Committee. The committee’s latest report, seen by The University Times, cites an average 81% decrease in smoking in the areas now categorised as smoke-free zones …” (more)

[Aaron Finnegan, Univiersity Times, 21 November]

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‘I Can’t See How They’d Enforce A Smoking Ban’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Barry Murphy, UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU) Acting President, has expressed doubt over the feasibility of UCD’s Smoke-Free Campus Policy. Murphy explained that ‘our view on it is that students should be allowed to smoke wherever they want to, as long as it’s away from certain entrances …'” (more)

[College Tribune, 15 November]

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