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Tobacco and Smoke Free Corrective Services Facilities

From Monday, 5 May 2014 all Queensland corrective services facilities will become tobacco and smoke free.

This will include:

For further details on the Tobacco and Smoke Free Corrective Services Facilities policy, refer:

  • Tobacco and Smoke Free Corrective Services Facilities Policy (PDF 300KB)

Smoking harms almost every organ in the body, causes many diseases and reduces the health of smokers in general

Wherever the blood flows, the toxins in tobacco smoke also flow

Visitors to a corrective services facility

From Monday, 5 May 2014 - Visitors will be prohibited from taking tobacco and other smoking related products (including cigarette lighters, matches, papers, filters) into a corrective services facility. Visitors taking tobacco or other smoking related products into a corrective services facility from this date may be liable for prosecution under section 128 of the Corrective Services Act 2006 [taking prohibited thing into a corrective services facility].

Personal tobacco or other smoking related products should not be brought onto the grounds of a corrective services facility. Where tobacco or other smoking related products are in the possession of a visitor when entering the grounds of a corrective services facility they must either be secured in the visitor's motor vehicle or a visitors locker.

From Monday, 5 May 2014 - No smoking will be permitted anywhere on the grounds of a corrective services facility (including car parks, walkways, visits processing etc). A visitor may be directed by a corrective services officer to comply with the no smoking requirements under section 163 of the Corrective Services Act 2006. Failure to comply with such a direction may result in:

There is no risk-free level of exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)

Eliminating smoking fully protects non-smokers from exposure to ETS - separating smokers from non-smokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot eliminate exposure of non-smokers to ETS

Why are corrective services facilities becoming tobacco and smoke free?

Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) is committed to providing a workplace that reduces harm and promotes health and well being.

Smoking is a major source of illness and death in Australia, contributing to more deaths and drug-related hospitalisations than alcohol and illicit drug use combined. It is a major risk factor for coronary disease, stroke, cancer and a variety of other diseases and conditions.

Passive smoking, that is, exposure to second-hand smoke (known as environmental tobacco smoke or ETS) is a public health issue, as it can cause coronary heart disease and lung cancer in non-smoking persons, and induces and exacerbates mild to severe respiratory effects.

Given the adverse effects of smoking on smokers and non-smokers, QCS has decided to implement tobacco and smoke free corrective services facilities.

Introduction of tobacco and smoke free corrective services facilities will result in direct and meaningful improvements in the health and well being of all staff, prisoners and visitors to a corrective services facility who smoke and for non-smokers who will no longer be exposed to ETS.

For further information, refer:

Smoking cessation support to be provided for prisoners to quit smoking

Smoking Cessation Support Programs (SCSP)

Upon reception to a corrective services facility, prisoners will be assessed for a SCSP. Prisoners currently in a corrective services facility may undertake a SCSP by nominating with their facility's Health Centre.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) in the form of patches will be provided to eligible prisoners. This will generally be for a period of up to 12 weeks. Prisoners will generally be supplied one weeks supply of NRT at a time.

Inappropriate use of NRT may result in removal from a program. Inappropriate use includes hoarding, selling, trading or giving away free NRT.

A medical practitioner may also prescribe specific medications to support smoking cessation, in combination with a SCSP.

Care Pathway

A prisoners SCSP will include consideration of NRT provision for any transfers, court appearances, hospitalisation etc. On release, if a prisoner is involved in a SCSP, the prisoner will be referred to Quitline, for ongoing support and counselling and be advised to talk to their doctor, pharmacist or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services.

Prisoner Canteen Price List/Order Form

There will also be changes to the Prisoner Canteen Price List/Order Form. This will include the removal of all tobacco and other smoking related products and provision of healthy food items that may assist prisoners transitioning to a smoke free lifestyle.

Meaningful activities

Generally the energy levels of prisoners who quit smoking will increase. General Managers of corrective services facilities will be reviewing meaningful activities for prisoners to determine what other activities may be implemented and/or existing activities increased. This will provide for prisoners who are quitting smoking to undertake and participate in activities that may assist their quit smoking strategy and promote/maintain a healthier lifestyle.



Last updated: 19 August 2015