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Smoking Ban Coming to Newfoundland Prisons

[Note from Similar bans already exist in B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.]

Prisons, jails in Newfoundland, Labrador going smoke-free in May

Canadian Press
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) - Prisons and jails are going smoke-free in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The provincial government has announced a total ban on tobacco at all correctional facilities, effective May 3. Marvin McNutt, the province's director of adult corrections, said Tuesday that inmates will be offered programs to help them quit smoking, including the patch.

Beginning in April, officials will start cutting cigarette rations to ease the process, and tobacco will be designated contraband.

McNutt said the ban applies to indoor and outdoor areas at correctional facilities.

Related article: Manitoba Provincial Jails No Longer Allow Smoking