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Saturday, March 27, 2010

New N.C. Law Bans Tobacco - Including Cigarettes - in State Prisons

As of March 1, 2010 the possession or use of tobacco - including cigarettes - was almost completely banned on the property of North Carolina state correctional facilities. The bad news is that there are some really, really cranky prisoners right now; on the flip side, if you're an inmate, at least the murderer who lives next door to you no longer smells like smoke.

The only exceptions are for the use of tobacco products during religious ceremonies and for employees or visitors while still inside their cars in the parking lot. No word yet on how many new 'religions' worshipping tobacco have been founded this year in tobacco's home state.

Previously, inmates were allowed to smoke “in the yard" and in some other, outside areas on state prison property. The stated goals of the ban are to protect the health, welfare, and comfort of the inmates, as well as to reduce the long-term costs of inmate healthcare.  Violators of this new law will be guilty of a misdemeanor. The banning of tobacco use in state prisons is an ongoing trend in the United States.

As for the conjugal visitors . . . well, I guess they’ll just have to wait until they get back inside their cars to light up that "after" cigarette.