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Smoking bans in Australian Prisons

By Anita Mackay, Monash University

Elephant and Castle - No Smoking

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.[1]  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?

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