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.
AdvertisementA 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.