Prison smoking ban comes into effect

SMOKING is now banned in all NSW correctional centres.

From today, cigarettes, tobacco and smoking-related items such as matches, lighters and e-cigarettes will be confiscated and treated as contraband.

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said common areas in NSW prison buildings are already smoke free and the ban was now being extended to include inmate cells and outdoor areas.

"We have made a commitment to implement this change for the health of our prison staff and are well prepared for the transition," Mr Severin said.

"It follows successful smoke-free rollouts in other jurisdictions including Queensland and the Northern Territory.

"We have learned lessons from the disturbance in Victoria, and an independent analysis conducted by Queensland Corrective Services has confirmed that we're ready to go."

Nicotine Replacement Therapy and other assistance will be provided for staff and inmates, and inmates have been provided with alternatives to smoking including sports equipment, competitions and playing cards.

CSNSW has emergency management plans in place to mitigate and respond to any disruption.



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