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Corrections Dept bans sales of cigarettes, tobacco products for inmates

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Corrections Dept bans sales of cigarettes, tobacco products for inmates

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BAGNKOK, 16 November 2018 (NNT) - Corrections Department Director General Narat Sawettanan confirmed that his agency currently bans the sales of cigarettes and tobacco at all prisons across the country to reduce the number of inmates falling sick or dying from respiratory diseases. 

He said that the regulation banning the sales of cigarettes and tobacco was required because prisons were regarded as state facilities and hence came within the target of the smoking ban. Once sent to jail, an inmate can use this as an opportunity to quit smoking and do other useful activities such as disciplinary training, vocational skill training or practicing meditation, he said. 

The plan follows the successful pilot project that banned the sale of such products at 13 prisons: Amnat Charoen, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi, Thanyaburi, Pathum Thani Provincial Special Offenders Institution, Thonburi Women’s Correctional Institution, Sikhiu, Pathum Thani Correctional Institution for Young Offenders, Women’s Correctional Institution for Drug Addicted Prisoners, Songkhla Female Prison, Phitsanulok Female Prison, Chiang Rai and Maha Sarakham. 

Narat said the ban had led to fewer inmates suffering from respiratory diseases and the eradication of a factor that was a threat to inmates already suffering from chronic illness such as high-blood pressure, and stroke, which could be worsened by being in a smoke-filled environment. 

Prisons nationwide were said to have a higher ratio of smokers compared to other sites and secondhand smoke also posed harm to the health of non-smoking inmates and wardens. He said prisons had since 2008 arranged cells as no-smoking zones and set up smoking areas outside the building.

 

 
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3 hours ago, darksidedog said:

That was about the only privilege they had. I can see there will be much unhappiness about this decision, and it would not surprise me in the slightest if it kicks off in more than a few prisons.

 

It hasn't kicked off in the 13 prisons involved in the successful pilot project, why should it kick off in others now?

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3 hours ago, ThreeEyedRaven said:
3 hours ago, rooster59 said:

He said prisons had since 2008 arranged cells as no-smoking zones

 

3 hours ago, ThreeEyedRaven said:

And that is a complete pack of lies.

I do not see this going down well at all.

That is not a complete pack of lies.

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Sounds like just asking for trouble, forcing inmates to quit smoking. Going to be a lot of nervous people, and a lot of un needed stress.

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