Barriers and facilitators to a criminal justice tobacco control coordinator: an innovative approach to supporting smoking cessation among offenders
Article first published online: 2 NOV 2012
© 2012 The Authors, Addiction © 2012 Society for the Study of Addiction
Special Issue: Engaging Disadvantaged Tobacco Users with Cessation Support
Volume 107, Issue Supplement S2, pages 26–38, December 2012
How to Cite
Eadie, D., MacAskill, S., McKell, J. and Baybutt, M. (2012), Barriers and facilitators to a criminal justice tobacco control coordinator: an innovative approach to supporting smoking cessation among offenders. Addiction, 107: 26–38. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.04083.x
- Issue published online: 2 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 2 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 5 APR 2012
- Manuscript Received: 20 MAR 2012
- Department of Health
- criminal justice settings;
- smoking cessation;
- United Kingdom
To examine the barriers and facilitators to effective operation of a regional tobacco control coordinator working within and across criminal justice and public health, whose goal was to raise tobacco control awareness and support the development of smoking cessation treatment for offenders.
A reflexive, mixed-methods case study approach using in-depth interviews, project reports and observation of advisory board meetings.
The coordinator worked with prisons, probation and police custody, where there are high levels of social disadvantage and smoking.
Interviews (n = 34) at different stages of project with the coordinator, project advisers and local stakeholders from criminal justice and public health.
Analysis of facilitators and barriers and the coordinator role from different perspectives.
Readiness to develop cessation services was a critical predictor of different criminal justice settings' engagement with the coordinator role. The coordinator enhanced cessation service delivery in individual prisons where there was a requirement and infrastructure in place to provide such services. In police custody, where there was no central guidance or pre-existing requirements, efforts to establish smoking cessation on the local agenda proved ineffective. In probation settings, the coordinator documented examples of good practice and supported brief intervention training. Variability in willingness to engage limited the project's ability to create joined-up working across criminal justice settings.
In the English criminal justice system, the prison service appears to provide a favourable context for development of smoking cessation support and a means of accessing hard-to-reach groups. Other criminal justice settings, most specifically police custody, appear less responsive to such activity. A coordinator role can improve smoking cessation support in the prison setting, and develop local improvements in tobacco control interventions in other settings such as probation, but as configured here, does not have the capacity to effect change across the criminal justice system.