The University of Otago became a smoke-free campus as of January 2014. This policy represents the University’s commitment to encouraging the well-being of its students, staff and visitors. Smoke-free areas around the Psychology buildings are:
Quitting smoking can be difficult as nicotine is a highly addictive drug
Our aim is to help smokers in three ways:
- To help individuals who want to quit smoking by providing them with the most suitable form of nicotine replacement therapy. Using nicotine replacement therapy and setting a quit date have been shown to increase the likelihood of quitting.
- To help individuals who want to reduce how much they smoke by providing them with nicotine replacement therapy. Using nicotine replacement therapy reduces cravings, which might be particularly helpful during the working day.
- To allow individuals who are unfamiliar with the forms of nicotine replacement therapy to try out their options. Different forms of nicotine replacement therapy suit different people.
How you can get easy access to nicotine replacement therapy
The Department of Psychology has put in place a system to support people who smoke by providing easy access to nicotine replacement therapy through the Quitcard voucher scheme.
Two individuals within the Department of Psychology are registered Quitcard voucher providers:
Gareth Treharne, Senior Lecturer
Office hours Friday 3-4pm
Room 106, Mellor House
Warren Scott, MSc student
Quitcard providers can offer vouchers for three subsidised nicotine replacement products:
• Nicotine patches
• Nicotine chewing gum
• Nicotine lozenges
Quitcard vouchers can be redeemed in any pharmacy to get 4 weeks’ worth of nicotine replacement therapy for the cost of the standard New Zealand prescription charge. Without a Quitcard voucher, the over-the-counter cost of nicotine replacement therapy is much higher than this prescription charge.