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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

NSW prisoners to be banned from smoking

Date posted: 14 October 2013

Smoking in all New South Wales (NSW) prisons is set to be banned within 18 months after the state's Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin expressed his concern about the health effects lighting up in jails is having on staff and inmates.

Two NSW prisons, at Lithgow and Cessnock, have run trials banning smoking within cells and other buildings, but inmates and staff can still smoke outdoors.

Commisioner Severin said 'Those trials have worked, but it's only getting us halfway there.' He wants the grounds of all NSW jails to be smoke-free environments.

The NSW Cancer Council says the prisoner smoking rate of 80% makes it the highest of any distinct population group in NSW. A survey in 2009 found that a large majority of prisoners who smoke wanted to quit.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald


Last updated: 15 October 2013
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