Taking action on smoking and health
New research has found that Scottish prisons have similar levels of second-hand smoke to that found in a home environment where someone smokes.
At the same time, the Scottish Prison Service has committed to making its prisons completely smoke-free by November 2018.
In response Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland Chief Executive, Sheila Duffy, said:
“Breathing tobacco smoke is a known health hazard, and this research shows that there are worrying levels of smoke pollution in Scottish prisons.
“Smoke-free prisons are being successfully rolled-out in other parts of Britain so I’m glad that Scotland will not be left behind on this. With prisons from Australia to Texas having been smoke-free for years I look forward to the Scottish Prison Service achieving the same standard here.”
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Notes for Editors
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland is the national charity working to reduce the harm and inequality caused by smoking. For further information see www.ashscotland.org.uk Registered Scottish charity number SC 010412.
The research paper can be found at https://academic.oup.com/annweh/article/3965339/Characterising-the-Exposure-of-Prison-Staff-to
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