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The human rights implications of smoking bans in prisons: some international cases

By Anita Mackay, Monash University

NSW prison staff prepare for the possibility of riots in response to this month's smoking ban. (Photo: ABC News/Corrective Services NSW)

NSW prison staff prepare for the possibility of riots in response to this month’s smoking ban. (Photo: ABC News/Corrective Services NSW)

Australia’s two most populous States have recently implemented smoking bans in prisons (Victoria from 1 July and NSW from 10 August). In doing this they are joining the Northern Territory (where smoking was banned from 1 July 2013), Queensland (from 5 May 2014) and Risdon prison in Tasmania (from 31 January 2015). In my previous post about smoking bans in Australian prisons, I considered some of the objectives of smoking bans, as well as evidence about how effective bans have been at achieving these objectives in countries that have greater experience with banning smoking in prisons.

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