Cheneal was awarded the UQ Early Career Researcher Grant for 2019, for the project Promoting referrals to a free and evidence-based smoking cessation program among smokers released from smoke-free prisons in Queensland. 

Approximately 74% of Australians entering smoke-free prisons are smokers, and while they are forced to quit smoking in prison due to smoking bans, Cheneal's PhD found that nearly all resume smoking upon release. People released from prison are eligible for a free smoking cessation program where they can receive free nicotine patches and behavioural counselling from Quitline, yet uptake of this service is negligible, representing a missed opportunity to improve the health of a marginalised population.

Researcher biography

Cheneal Puljević recently completed a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice through Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, with her thesis focusing on the consequences of smoke-free policies in Queensland's prisons. Cheneal is currently employed as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Services Research at the University of Queensland. She is involved in a number of key projects including the Queensland evaluation of the Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Policy (QUANTEM), and the Overarching Evaluation of the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program (CHYME). Cheneal has previously been employed as Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland, and as an Associate Lecturer in the School of Public Health at The University of Queensland. Cheneal has several years of experience working in drug and alcohol counselling and research, and has a well-established publication record with a focus on tobacco smoking behaviours among people who experience incarceration in Australian prisons.