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Implementation and impact of anti-smoking interventions in three prisons in the absence of appropriate legislation

Etter, Jean-François and Ritter, Catherine and Christie, Derek H. and Kunz, Martina and Rieder, Jean-Pierre and Humair, Jean-Paul and Wolff, Hans and Eytan, Ariel and Wahl, Corinne and Elger, Bernice. (2012) Implementation and impact of anti-smoking interventions in three prisons in the absence of appropriate legislation. Preventive medicine, Vol. 55, H. 5. pp. 475-481.

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Abstract

To assess the acceptability and impact of anti-smoking policies in three prisons in Switzerland.; A before-after intervention study in A) an open prison for sentenced prisoners, B) a closed prison for sentenced prisoners, and C) a prison for pretrial detainees. Prisoners and staff were surveyed before (2009, n=417) and after (2010-2011, n=228) the interventions. Medical staff were trained to address tobacco dependence systematically in prisoners. In prison A, a partial smoking ban was extended. No additional protection against second-hand smoke was feasible in prisons B and C.; In prison A, more prisoners reported receiving medical help to quit smoking in 2011 (20%) than in 2009 (4%, p=0.012). In prison A, prisoners and staff reported less exposure to second-hand smoke in 2011 than in 2009: 31% of prisoners were exposed to smoke at workplaces in 2009 vs 8% in 2011 (p=0.001); in common rooms: 43% vs 8%, (p>0.001). No changes were observed in prisons B and C.; Reinforcement of non-smoking rules was possible in only one of the three prisons but had an impact on exposure to tobacco smoke and medical help to quit. Implementing anti-smoking policies in prisons is difficult in the absence of appropriate legislation.
Faculties and Departments:08 Cross-disciplinary Subjects > Ethik > Institut für Bio- und Medizinethik > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Ethik in der Medizin > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
UniBasel Contributors:Elger, Bernice Simone and Ritter, Catherine
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1096-0260
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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