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Manitoba Jail Stops Serving Tea to Prevent Homemade Cigarettes

Manitoba Jail Stops Serving Tea to Prevent Homemade Cigarettes
September 15, 2005
Stark Raven News

A Manitoba jail has stopped serving tea to prevent prisoners from making cigarettes.

Smoking has been banned at the Headingley Correctional Centre near Winnipeg for almost 2 years.

Since then prisoners have found creative way to make their own cigarettes. One way is to boil nicotine gum and remove and dry the nicotine residue.   The residue is then sprinkled on the redried tea bag leaves, rolled and then smoked.

It can take up to two days to make one cigarette.

The prisoners' creativity already caused a stir earlier this year.   It was discovered that some people were using the thin pages of Bibles to roll homemade cigarettes. That prompted the jail to stop making the book widely available in living quarters. Prisoners wanting a Bible must now ask for it from chaplains, who assess whether the Scripture will be read or burned.

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