Prison authorities in New South Wales told inmates to distract themselves from smoking ban by doing crosswords, sit-ups or meditation, as part of a strategy to ease inmates into a nicotine-free environment.
From August 10, smoking will be banned in all NSW jails. Smoking ban has already been introduced in other states including Victoria last month.
A list of tips for inmates were created by Corrective Services in NSW to distract themselves from withdrawals.
A Corrective Services NSW spokesman said, "Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy, counseling, peer and telephone support such as Quitline are a major part of the quit strategy."
Some of the suggested activities include crosswords with a friend, writing to a loved one, meditation, sit-ups, dreaming about future.
Peter Severin, Corrective Services Commissioner, said, "The list is small part of the department's overall strategy."
"This is not a strategy to deal with people who are angry or who are acting out. It is to give a few pointers in relation to distracting oneself but we have so much more in the works," said Severin.