Prisons: Smoking

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 1st November 2017.

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Photo of Lord Bradley Lord Bradley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for a roll-out of a smoking ban in prisons.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

There are now 66 prisons smoke free.

The phased rollout now underway will reduce the risk to staff and prisoners of exposure to second hand smoke, whilst maintaining the safety and security of our prisons.

In every case, the decision on when to go smoke free is only taken after careful planning and preparation. The final decision is taken when each prison has met stringent checks to ensure that it is appropriate to do so and all necessary healthcare support is available to help prisoners give up smoking.

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