Target date to be set for smoke-free Scottish prisons – BBC News

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The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is set to expose the time frame for Scotland’s jails ending up being smoke totally free.

The date will be revealed at the launch of a significant report into jail employees’ direct exposure to pre-owned smoke.

It is anticipated to reveal high levels of pre-owned smoke in parts of some jails.

The big scale Tobacco in Prison Study (TIPS) was led by the University of Glasgow, with input from the University of Aberdeen.

A study by the Scottish Prison Service in 2015 discovered that 72% of those in custody smoked – more than 3 times the rate of the basic population.

Scotland presented a restriction on cigarette smoking in enclosed public locations in 2006, however it did not use to jails.

However, jail guidelines were modified at the time to limit cigarette smoking to specific locations, such as cells and outside entertainment areas.

Claims ‘supported’

Staff, specialists and visitors are not allowed to smoke anywhere on SPS home.

A little number of jails in Scotland have actually designated a percentage of their houses as smoke-free.

The relocation to smoke-free jails remains in keeping with the Scottish federal government’s goal of developing a “tobacco-free generation” by 2034.

SPS, the Scottish federal government and the NHS have actually stated they will collaborate to assist those in custody stop smoking cigarettes.

Phil Fairlie, chairman of the Prison Officers’ Association Scotland, informed BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland program: “Our members have actually declared and argued all along, considering that the cigarette smoking restriction was presented, that they are continuously exposed to really high levels of smoking cigarettes inside jails.

“This study, for the very first time offers information to support that claim and the issue that’s been raised by personnel throughout those years.

“Higher than 75% of the jail population smoke so it’s an extremely high variety of individuals who are associated with that activity.”

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