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Island leads the way with prison smoking ban

Sat, 21 Sep 2013


The Isle of Man has led the way when it comes to introducing smoking bans in prisons.

The UK Government is now considering implementing a ban on smoking in all areas of jails in England and Wales.

Under the proposals a pilot scheme will be started next year with the ban likely to be in force by 2015.

The Island introduced a smoking ban in the prison in 2008.

Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson says it has benefited both staff and inmates:

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