New Zealand would ban smoking in the country’s prisons from July 1
next year, corrections minister Judith Collins has announced, dismissing
warnings that the move would lead to increased violence.
– smoke and they will be given cessation courses, including nicotine patches, to
help them quit over the next 12 months.
risk to staff and prisoners,” Collins said. She said it was not fair that the 3
500 corrections staff were the only workers in the country not given protection
from second-hand smoke in the workplace.
the Rethinking Crime and Punishment organisation, said the move was likely to
cause “violence or mayhem of some kind”.
were already grappling with drug and alcohol withdrawal, and mental and physical
Zealand: “People coming off nicotine can be very unpredictable, and very anxious
and aggressive, and we’re going to have a large part of our prison population
going through that and we (prison officers) are going to have to manage
in the country’s jails when the ban is introduced.
smoke. With an election due late next year, she said the government was trying
to appeal to conservative New Zealanders by appearing tough on criminals.
Canada and Australia, and there were risks attached to allowing prisoners to
have tobacco – often used as informal currency – matches and lighters.