Cigarette ban sparks concerns

Posted February 27, 2014 by Together Queensland

Together says it will continue to monitor workplace health and safety including at correctional facilities where cigarettes are to be banned from May 2014.

There’s concerns assault rates may jump when the cigarette ban starts. 

Together industrial services director Michael Thomas said today, “Where this was done in New Zealand the assault rates increased 180 per cent.

“While we see value in promoting healthy lifestyles if this isn’t done properly there could be serious outbreaks of tensions in addition to overcrowding problems.

“We are also concerned the patches will replace cigarettes as prison currency.

“Arriving prisoners will be issued patches which could become almost contraband in jail, there will be stand over tactics.

“Prisoners are pretty ingenious, they will use their teabags and infuse the tea with nicotine patches and smoke the tea.”

Members at corrections are highly trained professionals who are take community safety very seriously as well as the safety and rehabilitation of those in custody.

 


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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