Scotland jails going smoke-free; inmates get 2-months free vaping gear

The BBC is reporting that the jails in Scotland are going smoke-free this November, and tobacco-addicted inmates will be getting free vaping devices and cartridges for about 2-months.  Afterwards, vaping gear will be offered for purchase through the prison commissaries at half-price, and in April all freebies and discounted vapes will be kaput.  Prisoners will be forced to pay full price. 

Smoking in public spaces has largely been outlawed in Scotland since 2006, and plans to expand the smoking ban into the nation’s correction facilities have been in the works for about a year.  Driving this new smoke-free agenda costing the Scottish government an estimated £200,000 is the well-known, adverse effects of second-hand smoke.  The vapor from electronic cigarettes, in comparison, is proven to produce no negative health consequences to innocent bystanders.

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One such study on second-hand vapor made the news in August, 2017.  Conducted by scientists from the UK’s University of St. Andrews, the study is entitled Comparing the cancer potencies of emissions from vapourised nicotine products including e-cigarettes with those of tobacco smoke and is located on the BMJ Tobacco Control website.

The co-authors of the research compared the levels of multiple carcinogens associated with combustible tobacco as derived from the smoke from conventional cigarettes, Heat-N-Burn technology like iQOS systems, and the vapor from e-cigs.  What the scientists discovered is that the latter is about 99 percent less carcinogenic than the former.

Scotland inmate smoking ban in full effect November 30

The plan seems to be well-thought out, although only time will tell.  Smoking inmates will be allowed dual usage for the first few weeks of November before all prisons in Scotland will go totally smoke-free at the end of the month.  Officials appear hopefully optimistic that by offering half-price discounts for approximately the following 6-weeks, the smoking-turned-vaping prison population will have enough time to ease into the process of buying and budgeting for vape gear refills. 

“After the 30th of November, there will be nowhere in our prisons where anyone will be able to smoke. People in the community who are giving up cigarettes, still have the opportunity to smoke in parts of the community. The people in our care won’t be able to smoke at all. We are recognising the unique nature of that environment by providing the support we are.”
-Tom Fox, spokesperson for the Scottish Prison Service courtesy of BBC

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