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Allen Carr Book To Assist Prisoners With New Year Resolutions To Stop Smoking

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With the New Year now upon us and the implementation of a total smoking ban for prisons five months away, prisoners are being provided with an extra push to give up smoking with copies of Allen Carr's book The Easy Way To Stop Smoking.

All prison sites have been sent between 10 and 20 copies each of Allen Carr's book (a total of 300 copies) for prisoners to loan from the prison libraries.

"The traditional New Year's resolution, together with the January 1 tobacco tax increase, has prompted a record number of smokers to contact The Quit Group to get help to stop smoking, and we are hoping that prisoners and staff who smoke are making the same resolution. Already more than 1300 prisoners have started nicotine replacement therapy since the ban was announced in July 2010," Assistant General Manager Prison Services, Dr Brendan Anstiss says.

"Allen Carr quit smoking after 33 years as a hundred-a-day chain smoker. His book has helped millions of people stop smoking and could be a very useful support tool for prisoners and staff alike."

"We are working hard towards preparing prisoners and staff for the changes by providing as much information and smoking cessation support before the ban.

"In addition to this, we have implemented The Quit Group's Quit@work programme, and each prison site has trained 'Workplace Champions' to lead smoking cessation and support staff and prisoners who wish to give up smoking. Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches and lozenges are being provided to assist prison site staff and prisoners who want to give up smoking, and prison health centres are holding staff clinics about smoking cessation.

"The Department is also working hard to ensure the new no smoking policy and its guiding principles remain visible. Various information resources, including posters, pamphlets and fact sheets are being distributed frequently throughout prison wings and units, and we will continue to distribute these in the lead up to the ban," Dr Anstiss says.

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