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tobacco smoking are extremely high among people cycling through Australian
prisons, estimated at 74% of prison entrants in 2015. Prisoners experience
disproportionate rates of smoking-related health problems including cancer,
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cardiovascular disease; these
disparities are often compounded by entrenched socio-economic disadvantage.
Correctional authorities in Australia and elsewhere are progressively
implementing smoke-free policies that prohibit tobacco smoking on prison
grounds for both prisoners and prison staff.
correctional smoking bans are insufficient to maintain smoking abstinence after
release from prison. Interventions to prevent relapse to smoking after release
from smoke-free prisons are urgently needed. The SQuARe
trial is a double-blinded, multi-site, randomised control trial of an
intervention designed to support continued abstinence from smoking among
previously smoking adults released from smoke-free prisons in Victoria.
the effects of a brief smoking cessation support intervention on:
addition, among those who relapse during follow-up, we will measure time to
first relapse, intention to quit, quit attempts, and tobacco consumption.
Australian Community Support Organisation
The Victorian Health Promotion
Work in progress
Chief investigator, Professor