Contraband Cigarettes in New Zealand Prisons

In 2012, criminal justice administrators in New Zealand handled 1,300 finds of tobacco and smoking equipment in the first half of the year, and 1,100 finds of smoking materials in the second half of the year.

Due to a smoking ban in prison enacted in July 2011, cigarettes within New Zealand’s prison system now has the same black market value as illegal drugs.

Source:  “Smoking ban and corruption linked in prisons,” Radio New Zealand, December 25, 2012.