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Letters Managing the health of prisoners

New Zealand leads the way in banning smoking in prisons

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 18 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3923
  1. Ruth Bonita, independent public health practitioner1,
  2. Robert Beaglehole, emeritus professor1
  1. 1University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  1. r.bonita{at}

It is unfortunate that British prisons have no plans to become smoke free, as reported by Ginn in his excellent series on promoting health in prisons and referred to by Jackson.1 2 3 There was a sense of fatalism in Jackson’s remarks. Yet it need not be so.

On 1 July 2011, without incident, New Zealand became the first country in the …

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