Prisoners are smoking e-cigarettes in move to ban smoking in jails 23rd July 2015 – Posted in: News – Tags: , , ,

Prisoners are smoking e-cigarettes as part of a move which could lead to a ban on smoking in jails.

E-cigarettes are now being sold in three prisons across the UK as part of a pilot to test whether the alternative could be used instead of cigarettes, BBC news reported. Last year, the prison service said it was committed to banning cigarettes across jails in England and Wales.

An e-cigarette brand is available in shops in women’s prison Eastwood Park in Gloucestershire, as well as men’s prisons Preston Prison in Lancashire and Stocken in Rutland.

It was reported that 50 were sold across both male prisons in one week. The move comes after a Guernsey prison banned tobacco last year. The anti-cigarette policy was introduced at Les Nicolles prison following success on the Isle of Man.