Britain looking to ban smoking in prisons
LONDON (AFP) - Britain said on Friday it was looking at banning smoking in prisons, despite fears of a backlash from prisoners who claim a cigarette is one of the few joys of life behind bars.
Smoking was banned in communal areas in British jails in 2007 as part of a national ban on smoking in public places.
But prisoners are still allowed to smoke in their cells and 80 per cent of inmates indulge in the habit across England and Wales, according to the National Health Service (NHS).
Now ministers are looking at banning smoking altogether amid concerns over the health impact of the smoke on non-smoking staff and inmates.