Smoking to be banned in prisons: British Government

London, Sep 30 (IANS) Smoking is to be banned in prisons in England and Wales, Britain’s Prisons Minister Andrew Selous has announced.

Smoking is currently permitted in prison cells and exercise yards, but the government plans to introduce a phased programme in January which will eventually lead to smoking being prohibited in all 136 prisons, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

The government cites the health risks of smoking, though there have been a number of legal challenges by prison officers and some prisoners who have complained about the effects of passive smoking.

With a prison population of around 80,000, it is not yet known how prisoners will react to the proposed outright ban.

The Prison Governors Association, which represents prison officers, supports the ban, and says it will monitor the introduction of the ban.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here