Monocolumn: Giving Up A Criminal Habit

Monocolumn: Giving Up A Criminal Habit
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There are few pleasures to be had behind bars, but smoking has always been one of them – a fixture of prison life as ubiquitous as locked doors and bare walls. For New Zealand’s jailbirds, though, those days are numbered.

Monocle
  • 15 july 2010

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Monocolumn- Giving Up A Criminal Habit

There are few pleasures to be had behind bars, but smoking has always been one of them – a fixture of prison life as ubiquitous as locked doors and bare walls. For New Zealand’s jailbirds, though, those days are numbered. On 1 July next year, a government decree comes into effect that will stub out smoking in prisons, forcing the estimated 5,700 smokers among the country’s 8,700 inmates to go cold turkey.

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