As of 1 February 2015, all Tasmanian Prison Services facilities became smoke free.
The National Tobacco - More Targeted Approach Campaign aims to encourage people in prison and recently released from prison to quit smoking and provides useful resources for those supporting this audience in their quit attempts.
Resources for prisoners include:
Quitting on the Inside – a six-module DVD specifically developed for male and female prisoners that can be screened with groups and individuals as part of a quit program. The DVD features interviews with Quit educators and prisoners who have quit smoking
Quitting on the Inside Guide – an informative resource to accompany the DVD on how to use the DVD in a group setting including discussion topic suggestions
Campaign poster – outlining the health benefits of quitting for display in your nursing clinic or communal areas
Info card – a pocket-sized information card for prisoners that offers advice and tips on quitting.
When recently released prisoners are undergoing the transition back into the community, many of them view this as a ‘fresh start’. This campaign aims to encourage people recently released from prison to embrace this fresh start and quit smoking, and to encourage those who undertook quit smoking programs in prison to maintain their smoke-free life.
Resources for recently released prisoners include:
Quitting on the Outside – a 15 minute DVD specifically developed for recently released male and female prisoners which features interviews with Quit educators and former prisoners who have successfully quit smoking. The DVD can be screened to individuals or groups, or could be played in your waiting area
Quitting on the Outside Guide – an informative resource on how to use the DVD to help encourage smoking cessation
Wallets and info cards – wallets with a “Saving for a healthier future” slogan printed discreetly on the inside to distribute to recently released prisoners who are interested in quitting and a wallet-sized information card that offers advice and tips on quitting.
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1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2013. Smoking and quitting smoking among prisoners in Australia 2012. Bulletin no. 119. Cat no AUS 176, Canberra AIHW.
2 Belcher J, Butler T, Richmond, RL, Wodak AD, Wilhelm K. Smoking and its correlates in an Australian prisoner population. Drug and Alcohol Review. 2006; 25: 343-348.