More State Prisons Go Tobacco-Free

If you're planning to visit a state prison in North Carolina make sure you leave your cigarettes in the car.

Today 26 more state prisons go tobacco-free. That's for staff, inmates and visitors.

Prisons here in Eastern Carolina that are now smoke-free include Craven, Eastern, Fountain, Greene, Maury, Nash, Neuse, Odom, Pamlico, Pasquotank and Wayne.

Duplin was one of five state prisons that went smoke-free in a pilot project last year.

The Department of Correction says there is no time frame yet on when the rest of the prisons will do the same.

The D.O.C. says it is working to establish cessation training for employees and inmates.

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  • by Amber Location: Illinolis on Sep 18, 2009 at 05:00 PM
    To respond to the land of the free, I agree with you, but only need remind you that prisoners are no longer free because they made a choice, and I am not someone who cares about being inprisoned, family of mine has been to DOC, all I am saying is why that is a bad agrugement. I agree that it should still be aloud if the people want to smoke anywhere. I say if you want to smoke then smoke, and for the record I am a non smoker.
  • by CONCERNED Location: hyde on Aug 25, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    for those of you who agree with letting the government take away tobacco you are a bunch of idiots. whats next? your coffee? candy? soft drinks? yea keep agreeing with them and see where we end up. so much for the land of the free.....
  • by Lynn Location: Ohio on Aug 4, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    Hey y'all I work for the state of OH in corrections, and they instituted this policy as of March 1, 2009 for all State buildings including all 42 prisons! Not many problems because there are smoking cessation classes offered and other aids. The only major increase we see is an increase in inmates that have tried to hide smokes & chew, which results in more inmates being sent to the "hole". Staff is doing much better, and the majority see it as a health benefit for the inmates as well as staff. It really is not that big of a deal. It's how you handle life's challenges.
  • by Staff Location: Ayden,NC on Aug 3, 2009 at 05:32 PM
    I only wish that you John Q Public's could work with me for a week inside a maximum security prison before you posted a comment.I regretfully foresee a lot of my close friends and co-workers being hurt because of this.There were far more serious issues to address inside the NC DOC than this one.And before any of you ask,No,I am not a smoker.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 3, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    That's just it, Buzz. The convicts will only wound each other and the guards. Us taxpayers will have to foot the bill for their medical care and any disability that may be drawn as a result of violence.
  • by kinston Location: nc on Aug 3, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    I will bet that the staff will have a worse time of it than the inmates!
  • by Grateful on Aug 3, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    But only for the grace of God, there go I......................and you to Buzz.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 3, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    Are there that many "state prisons" in NC?
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Aug 3, 2009 at 02:08 PM
    Hey that will be OK MrT, let them do each other in, what's the harm. Come on Cindi, these "inmates" have raped mothers and small children, killed innocents for five dollars to buy drugs with, am I to have sympathy for them, boo Hoo Hoo!!!! Buzz-
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 3, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    Watch the violence increase now due to prisoners having a nicotine fit. More stabbings, cuttings, and beatings for the taxpayers to have to pay medical care for.
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