Smoking is to be banned in jails, sparking fears last night that lags may riot if they are not allowed to light up, the Sunday People has revealed.
It will be totally outlawed at all 123 prisons in England and Wales – even outside in the exercise yards.
Inmates will be issued with nicotine patches or electronic cigarettes instead.Ha! The thought that e-cigs are being handed out to prisoners will send the extremist wing of the tobacco control industry mental, I reckon. Oh, and this twat too, of course.
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The Prison Service accepts that cigarettes must be stubbed out for health and safety reasons and to avoid compensation claims from officers claiming to be victims of passive smoking.Perhaps someone should point the Prison Service in the direction of the Labate Case to avoid the many problematic consequences this ban may cause them.
Faced with a court case brought by the wife of an employee who was exposed to "passive smoking" during 29 years of his employment, the EU - who have themselves been pumping the second-hand smoke myth for quite a while - vigorously fought the compensation claim. The judgement in 2009 was crystal clear.
"The Tribunal rejected as manifestly unfounded the claims for compensation submitted by the applicant."Which suggests the Prison Service should feel pretty confident about dismissing any claims from compo-chasing prison officers. Claims for injuries due to violence inflicted by some scrote deprived of his fags are a different matter entirely, of course.