Letter

Prisoners and prison staff express increased support for prison smoking bans following implementation across Scotland: results from the Tobacco In Prisons study

Citation

Sweeting H, Demou E, Brown A & Hunt K (2020) Prisoners and prison staff express increased support for prison smoking bans following implementation across Scotland: results from the Tobacco In Prisons study. Tobacco Control. https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-055683

Abstract
First paragraph: Several jurisdictions have introduced prison smoking bans, responding to concerns around the health of people in custody (hereafter ‘prisoner’ for brevity) and staff, legal challenges and maintenance costs1 2. Fears of disorder following bans are often expressed in advance.3-5 Although generally unfounded,6 7 such fears may reduce the stakeholder support that is vital for successful implementation.8 A complete prisoner smoking ban (staff smoking was already banned) was introduced in all 15 Scottish prisons in November 2018, precipitating no significant incidents.9 It has been evaluated by the three-phase Tobacco In Prisons study (TIPs).3 4 10 TIPs Phase 1 occurred before the ban’s announcement; Phase 2 following the announcement, but before policy implementation (during which rechargeable e-cigarettes became available to prisoners); and Phase 3 following implementation.

Notes
Output Type: Letter Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Tobacco Control

StatusIn Press
Publication date online30/06/2020
Date accepted by journal14/05/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31152
ISSN0964-4563
eISSN1468-3318