Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

July 12, 2005 10:18 ET

CSC Announces Plan to Further Reduce Exposure to Second-hand Smoke in All Federal Correctional Facilities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 12, 2005) - Correctional Service Canada (CSC) Commissioner Lucie McClung today announced its goal to eliminate exposure to second-hand smoke in all federal penitentiaries, including Community Correctional Centres, by January 31, 2006.

The decision follows extensive consultations with staff, unions, Citizens' Advisory Committees, key community partners, inmate advocacy groups, and offenders during 2004 and early 2005.

There is increased evidence from health care professionals about the potential negative impact of exposure to second-hand smoke. "The Health Care Advisory Committee has recommended that CSC eliminate smoking within its institutions. The exposure to smoking and second-hand smoke is a public health hazard that must be addressed," said Ms. Yvette Theriault, Chair of the Health Care Advisory Committee. "On behalf of the Committee, I would like to say how pleased I am that CSC is taking this positive step to address this issue."

"In moving this way, CSC is carrying out its broader responsibility of setting conditions for healthy correctional environments. Over the next few months, we will continue to address the many implementation matters as we adjust our daily routines in a manner consistent with both safety and health requirements in correctional settings," said Commissioner McClung.

Currently, there are designated smoking and non-smoking areas inside all federal correctional facilities. With the support of stakeholders, some institutions have already reached this goal. Indoor smoking will no longer be allowed by January 31, 2006. Smoking will be permitted in designated areas outdoors, within institutional perimeters. CSC will be consulting with Aboriginal and religious leaders to ensure proper accommodation of cultural and spiritual ceremonies.

CSC staff has access to smoking cessation products through the Public Service Health Care Plan.

CSC will provide smoking cessation support for inmates for up to three months.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service Canada (National Headquarters)
    Christa McGregor
    (613) 947-4815
    or
    Correctional Service of Canada (Pacific Region)
    Dennis Finlay
    (604) 870-2680
    or
    Correctional Service Canada (Prairie Region)
    Cathy Stocki
    (306) 975-5082
    or
    Correctional Service Canada (Ontario Region)
    Holly Knowles
    (613) 545-8210
    or
    Correctional Service Canada (Quebec Region)
    Brigitte Gosselin
    (450) 967-3305
    or
    Correctional Service Canada (Atlantic Region)
    Denis D'Amour
    (506) 851-2833