Ban forcing prisoners and staff to stub out smoking

PRISONERS and staff at the Maryborough Correctional Centre are being supported to quit smoking ahead of a ban, a Department of Corrective Services representative says.

Smoking won't be allowed at the prison from May 5 and the support program developed by clinicians for prisoners includes nicotine replacement patches.

While prisoners have not been able to smoke in their cells since 2008, the entire centre will now be tobacco and cigarette free, including for staff.

A Department of Corrective Services representative said canteens in all prisons would no longer sell cigarettes.

"The change will be managed by supporting prisoners and staff to quit," the representative said.

"This support will cost less than the health care prisoners would have required due to smoking-related illnesses."



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