Letter

US experience of smoke-free prisons

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7530.1473-c (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1473
  1. Thomas Lincoln, physician (thomas.lincoln@bhs.org)1,
  2. R Scott Chavez, vice president2,
  3. Elizabeth Langmore-Avila
  1. 1 Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA 01199, USA
  2. 2 National Commission on Correctional Health Care, 1145 W Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
  3. 3 160 East Hadley Road, Amherst, MA 01002, USA

    EDITOR—O'Dowd reports that a smoking ban in prisons would lead to more assaults on staff.1 Increasing numbers of correctional facilities in the United States have become smoke-free and made tobacco, matches, and lighters contraband. Most experience so far has not shown the feared difficulties arising when facilities become completely tobacco-free. Most programmes note that the issues around staff tobacco use at …

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