More pluses from smoking ban in prison

July 3rd, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Isaac Davidson at NZ Herald reports:

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says a ban in prisons has drastically reduced fire-related incidents and dangerous activities, while improving air quality for inmates.

Mrs Tolley said safety in prisons had improved since lighters and matches had been taken from inmates a year ago.

Officials said fire-related incidents fell from 76 in 2010/11 to 21 in 2011/12.

The smoking ban was introduced in July last year after a 12-month campaign to encourage inmates to quit.

“It has also removed the opportunity for prisoners to use lighters to melt plastic into dangerous weapons,” Mrs Tolley said.

She said a study of Auckland Prison found air quality had improved significantly and fewer respiratory illnesses had been reported.

“Despite scaremongering before its introduction, the smoking ban has been a real success. Staff and prisoners will continue to be offered nicotine replacement therapy, as part of a wider plan to treat offenders with addictions.”

I recall the predictions of riots!

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7 Responses to “More pluses from smoking ban in prison”

  1. tvb (4,418 comments) says:

    There is a far greater risk of disorder if prisoners are given access to fire lighting equipment and arguments over cigarettes.

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  2. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    Another sky has failed to fall.

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  3. RRM (9,917 comments) says:

    Today the Minister of Corrections announced that a Government initiative was a huge success.

    Wow :shock:

    Wonderful news, comrades! As of next month the chocolate ration will be increased to 25 ounces…

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  4. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    I think some people fail to accept it is a prison not a holiday home for miscreants

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  5. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    Same deal with double bunking – it’s actually been really good, as they have a mate to talk to.

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  6. MT_Tinman (3,184 comments) says:

    scrubone (1,160) Says:
    July 3rd, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    Same deal with double bunking – it’s actually been really good, as they have a mate to talk to.

    “mate” was a deliberate choice?

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  7. calendar girl (1,232 comments) says:

    No information released on how many breaches of the smoking ban have been discovered? Or incidents of smoking contraband being found within prisons?

    I welcome the Minister’s good news story, but can’t believe that the ban has been implemented to perfection.

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