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Smoke Free project

 
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the grounds of a correctional centre and complex (including car parks, walkways, visits processing areas). Cigarettes, tobacco and smoking related items, such as matches, lighters and e-cigarettes, are banned.
 

Corrective Services NSW is following the lead of prisons in Queensland, the Northern Territory and New Zealand, which by careful preparation made their prisons smoke free with a minimum of disruption. This follows a trial of smoke free buildings at Lithgow Correctional Centre in NSW in 2012-13.

CSNSW Smoke Free prisons poster for visitorsThis major health initiative is a legislative requirement that will benefit the health of everyone in correctional centres, including staff, inmates, contractors, and families and friends visiting inmates.

Corrective Services NSW has been  consulting with staff, inmates and key stakeholders, and will make Nicotine Replacement Therapy available for staff and inmates who want to kick the habit.

Smoke Free resources include fact sheets for visitors and quit smoking information in other languages.

Learn more about the Smoke Free project by downloading this fact sheet for visitors to correctional centres [accessible PDF - 261KB]

Smoke Free Project Officer:

Raelene Hartman - 02 8346 1221
raelene.hartman_EXT@dcs.nsw.gov.au

For information about how to quit smoking call:

Quitline - 13 7848 (13 QUIT) or visit the Quitline website.

*Staff living on CSNSW sites are able to smoke when off duty in a designated area outside their accommodation and not visible from a correctional centre. Most of these sites are at remote locations such as Ivanhoe and Brewarrina.

Former Rabbitoh Nathan Merritt is now the Tackle Smoking Ambassador for NRL One Community. Here he highlights the serious health

Former Rabbitoh Nathan Merritt is now the Tackle Smoking Ambassador for NRL One Community. Here he highlights the serious health issues around smoking and why it’s important to quit.

 Prof Tom Calma, AO - the National Co-ordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking and a strong advocate for a smoke free society. H

Prof Tom Calma, AO - the National Co-ordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking and a strong advocate for a smoke free society. He shares his message about the negative health effects of smoking and the benefits of quitting.​