Smoking in prisons study leads to change in government policy

A paper highlighting the levels of second-hand smoke (SHS) in Scottish prisons, (Characterising the Exposure of Prison Staff to Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke, by Professor Kate image of front page of newspaperHunt, Associate Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and co-authored by Dr Helen Sweeting, Dr Evangelia Demou and Dr Greig Logan), was published in July. The paper reports that over 25,000 prison staff are exposed to SHS on a daily basis; levels akin to sharing a home with a smoker. Professor Hunt joined the CEO of the Scottish Prison Service, Mr Colin McConnell, at a press conference to announce that smoking will now be banned in Scottish prisons by November 2018, three years ahead of the service's original plan for implementation, and that their policy has been informed by this new research.  

First published: 31 July 2017