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Letters Tobacco use in prisons

A partnership approach to implementing smoke-free prisons

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5443
  1. Éamonn O’Moore, director for health and justice1,
  2. Kate Davies, head of public health2,
  3. Ian Mulholland, deputy director public sector prisons3
  1. 1Public Health England, London SE1 6LH, UK
  2. 2Armed Forces and Health and Justice Commissioning, NHS England, Rainworth, UK
  3. 3Directorate of Public Sector Prisons, National Offender Management Service, London, UK
  1. Eamonn.O’Moore{at}

Binswanger and colleagues describe the substantial impact of prison tobacco control policies on smoking attributable mortality.1

In England (and Wales), prisons are commissioned by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and healthcare is directly commissioned by NHS England. Nationally, around 80% of prisoners smoke.2 In 2007, a comprehensive national smoke-free policy was introduced in England but adult prisons were exempted. In 2013, Public Health England …

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