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Smoking ban does not apply to prisons, Court of Appeal rules

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 09 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1437
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

The ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces does not apply to prisons or to other Crown premises in England and Wales, the Court of Appeal has said.

More than four in five prisoners smoke, and, although a ban on smoking in communal areas in prisons has been in force for some time, inmates are allowed to smoke in their cells. The Prison Service says that it will ultimately implement a voluntary ban, but it favours introducing this …

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