Smoking Bans In Prisons, Jails On The Rise

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Prisons are fast becoming smoke-free, to the anguish of nicotine-addicted inmates and guards, reports USA Today. Last week, the Federal Bureau of Prisons started a near-total ban on lighted tobacco in 105 prisons holding 180,000 inmates. At least 38 of 50 state correctional departments report that they are either smoke-free or have partial smoking bans, says the American Correctional Association. "If you can't quit, you're just stuck and you're now a second-class citizen," complains smoker Aubrey Francis, a federal correctional officer and vice president with the Council of Prison Locals . . .

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