No smoker left behind: It’s time to tackle tobacco in australian priority populations

Billie Bonevski, David P. Thomas, Robyn L. Richmond

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Our article stated that smoke‐free policies can be feasibly introduced into prisons, and there is evidence that they reduce smoking in these facilities.1 Smoke‐free prisons have become the norm in Australia due to a number of advantages (in addition to reducing prisoner smoking), such as reducing exposure to second‐hand smoke for prison staff and prisoners, changing the smoking permissive culture within prisons, and assisting with relapse prevention for those interested in quitting by eliminating triggers and cues to smoke. The prison environment used to perpetuate smoking behaviours, with smokers increasing the amount they smoked following imprisonment.2 Some prisoners may be in correctional facilities for years, and thus smoke‐free prisons give them a long term chance to free themselves of the physical addiction and the smoking norms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-52e.1
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Environment and public health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Health services administration


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