Plans to ban smoking in prisons must be carefully thought through.


I believe that prisoners must forfeit the right to vote and should spend their time usefully, learning skills to benefit society on their release, not lounging around watching TV and playing games.


Smoking is a lifestyle choice and not one to be recommended for obvious health and financial reasons and in principle I don't think it is their right to smoke while behind bars.


But many smokers feel it reduces stress and it is important that stress levels are minimised for the sake of prison stability and safety.


I understand the concern of prison officers and non-smoking prisoners about the potential risks of passive smoking but surely it must be possible to have smoking and non-smoking cells and it should still be allowed in the open air in exercise yards.


The government should not rush into banning smoking at the 136 prisons in England and Wales. I know there have been legal challenges by the anti faction but I suspect that there could be such challenges by those in favour citing human rights.


In my book it is not a right but as 80% of prisoners smoke serious regard must be given to minimising discord and such a ban would inevitably lead to a black market in tobacco, just as there currently is with drugs,

Prison staff and inmates face possible prosecution under smoking ban laws - BBC News

Prison guards and inmates could face prosecution for flouting smoking ban laws in communal prison areas after a High Court ruling.

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Darren Haley's reply...

e-burn Ltd has developed a High Security Electronic Cigarette that is fit for purpose in prison's and mental health units. They are a safer alternative to generic e-cigs because of the many security designed features:
1, Incentivise good behaviour (a competitively priced product)
2, A safer product bespoke for High Security environments
a, Security inspection at a glance
b, Holographic Security Seals both ends which is tamper evident
c, Sealed both ends with FDA approved safe glue (you can not get in there without breaking the ends off)
d, Unique Serial Number sealed inside the e-burn for bullying prevention
e, Batch No sealed inside for auditable quality control of e-liquid (No know harmful substances were found in the e-liquid)
f, Baffle Check Valve that prevents the ingress of liquids and powders (nothing gets in without breaking the e-burn)
g, FDA approved silicone mouth piece that catches vapour that condenses back to e-liquid and acts as a secondary baffle
h, Made from clear flexible polycarbonate outer casing (fire resistant) less adaptation capabilities for making into a weapon
I, Glows green when in use, so staff can identify the use of tobacco products which glow red
3, Reduced incidents that are tobacco related
4, Electronic Cigarettes are 95% Safer than tobacco said a PHE report as part of a harm reduction strategy pathways

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