By Anita Mackay, Monash University
States and Territories around Australia are rushing to ban smoking in prisons – the Northern Territory was the first in July 2013, and has recently been joined by Queensland (from 5 May 2014). Most others have stated their intention to ban smoking during 2015. This blog post poses two questions:
1. What are smoking bans in prisons intended to achieve? and
2. Based on overseas experience, are smoking bans an effective way to achieve these objectives?