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Prisons smoking ban set for Gloucestershire

By Impeyecho  |  Posted: September 20, 2013

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Smoking in prisons could be banned to protect prisoners from unhealthy living.

The Prison Service is set to begin a pilot scheme to prevent passive smoking in prisons across England and Wales.

Tobacco products will be banned from prisons in the South West including Leyhill Prison, in Wotton-under-Edge, and Eastwood Park Women's Prison, in Fairfield.

The scheme will begin next Spring and will spread to other prisons for a 12-month period.

The campaign was launched after it was anticipated that prison inmates and staff could file for compensation for passive smoking.

Prisoners are to be offered nicotine patches to help with the transition.

A letter sent to senior prison staff read: "You will no doubt be aware that the decision has been made that the time is right for the prison estate to adopt a tobacco and smoke-free policy to provide a smoke-free workplace/environment for our staff and prisoners."

But warnings have been sounded that it could deprive a group who are not always "charming or polite" of another thing they enjoy.

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  • Matt1006  |  September 20 2013, 12:35PM

    Fair enough. Nobody needs to smoke, it's a habit that becomes an addiction. Just been discussed on Jeremy Vine on R2 - arguments that to ban smoking could be a breach of the prisoner's civil liberties. Erm, wouldn't that also apply to not being able to go down the pub with their mates in the evening, or to a football match on a Saturday afternoon, or off on a last-minute holiday the week after next, etc? They are in prison because they've broken the law (even the innocent ones...), and it used to be that prison time was a real hardship, as a deterrent to offend again. It's quite simple - if you are a smoker and want to be able to carry on smoking, then don't get sent to prison. Heaven forbid that life should be made a little bit harder / uncomfortable, for convicted criminals.

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