Research on tobacco use in Swiss prisons: “Weniger Rauch und mehr Gesundheit im Gefängnis”

The aim of this research-action project is to evaluate to what extent inmates and staff are exposed to second-hand smoke (SHS) in three Swiss prisons and to propose, based on the results of the research, a prison adapted and ethically acceptable strategy to reduce SHS.

Methodology includes questionnaire surveys, interviews and air quality measurements in Geneva (two prisons) and Witzwil (Bern). After a baseline phase in 2009 (first round or needs assessment), we issued recommendations to prison administrators and health staff: new smoke free regulation, staff training, prisoners information, and cessation support (to both staff and prisoners). In 2010 and 2011, an evaluation phase (second round) was conducted with the same procedure. Results are currently being analysed and submitted for publication


Who is who


Bernice Elger

Catherine Ritter

Institute for
Biomedical Ethics

Universität Basel
Missionsstrasse 24
CH-4055 Basel

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