Hobart's Risdon Prison: Flares set off in riot believed sparked by nicotine patch fears

Hobart's Risdon Prison: Flares set off in riot believed sparked by nicotine patch fears

Hobart's Risdon Prison: Flares set off in riot believed sparked by nicotine patch fears

Updated 9 August 2017, 21:20 AEST

A stand-off between inmates and correctional officers at Hobart's Risdon Prison Complex is resolved, about eight hours after the situation began.

A stand-off between inmates and correctional officers at Hobart's Risdon Prison Complex has been resolved, about eight hours after the situation began.

Shortly before 8:00pm, the Tasmanian Prison Service (TPS) confirmed close to 40 prisoners were involved in the incident and the medium-security inmates were concerned nicotine replacement patches were being phased out.

Cigarettes were banned from the jail in 2015.

In a statement, the TPS said there were no injuries to staff members, but one prisoner suffered minor cuts to their arm.

During the incident, there was smoke from what was believed to be flares going off over the top of the prison.

On Sunday, the union representing prison guards warned Tasmania's prison system was already a "pressure cooker" plagued by lockdowns and overcrowding, and scrapping suspended sentences was only going to make it worse.