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released: 22 Oct 2013 author: AIHW media release

This bulletin presents results from the 2012 National Prisoner Health Data Collection, focusing on smoking and smoking cessation behaviours of prisoners in Australia. In 2012, 84% of prison entrants were current smokers, which is around 5 times the proportion of the general community. Quitting smoking in prison is difficult: 35% of prisoners who were about to be released tried to quit during their time in prison, but only 8% were successful.

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Publication table of contents

  • Summary
  • Introduction
    • Context
    • Smoking cessation
    • Prison smoking bans and restrictions
  • Analysis of the 2012 National Prisoner Health Data Collection (NPHDC)
    • What does the NPHDC tell us about smoking behaviour among prison entrants and dischargees?
    • Prison entrants' smoking status
    • Smoking in prisons compared with in the general community
    • Changes to smoking while in prison
    • What are the common characteristics among prison entrants who were smokers?
    • How do smoking behaviours interact with other aspects of prisoner health?
    • Alcohol and other illicit drug use among smokers
    • Physical health conditions
    • Mental health and psychological distress
    • What are some common characteristics of those who increased smoking while in prison?
    • Do prisoners want to quit smoking and are they successful?
    • Intentions to quit among prison entrants
    • Attempts to quit smoking among prison dischargees
    • What restrictions on smoking within prisons are in place?
  • Discussion and future directions
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Related publications
  • Verso page
  • Suggested citation

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Smoking and quitting smoking among prisoners 2012. AIHW bulletin no.119. Cat. no. AUS 176. Canberra: AIHW.

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