The University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), a Smoke-Free Space
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Office of Healthy and Sustainable University, University of the Balearic Islands. Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain
Spanish Association Against Cancer of the Balearic Islands. Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain
Publication date: 2023-04-25
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Patricia Molina Gil   

Office of Healthy and Sustainable University, University of the Balearic Islands. Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2023;9(Supplement):A113
According to data from the Cancer Observatory of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), in 2021, lung cancer caused 533 deaths in the Balearic Islands. The number of people who smoke daily in the Balearic Islands is 210.736. The Smoke-Free Space project was aimed to increase the entry barriers to consumption and delay the start, by establishing smoke-free spaces. The project began in 2021 together with the AECC of the Balearic Islands, in line with the objectives of the Spanish Network of Health Promoting Universities (REUPS). In addition, the General Directorate of Public Health and Consumption of the Health counselling participates.

Material and Methods:
A working group of experts has been created to achieve a smoke-free campus progressively. For that, a survey has been designed to assess the current consumption situation. Also, it has been installed signs to facilitate the identification of smoke-free spaces, and a course of smoking cessation and information campaigns have been realized.

The survey carried out reveals that 69,78% would like the campus to be a smoke-free space. In line with the project, 76 stickers have been placed in the transit areas, 100 posters at the entrances of the buildings and the terraces of the bars indicating the current regulations, as well as stickers on the tables. In addition, 700 flyers have been distributed on campus during the campaigns. Currently, vertical signs and friendly cards are being designed to invite people not to smoke in transit spaces. In addition, a second smoking cessation course is being organized.

The Balearic Islands maintain the ban on smoking on bar terraces after the state ban derived from the Covid-19 pandemic. At the UIB, we see it as fundamental to advance in the measures that have proven to be effective, such as the creation of smoke-free spaces and providing resources to people who wish to quit smoking.

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