Scott admin bans smoking in prisonsby Dara Kam | March 14th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott’s administration is snuffing out smoking in prisons, saying the habit cost taxpayers $9 million in smoking-related prisoner illnesses last year.
Department of Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss said in a press release this morning he’s giving inmates six months to quit before the smoking ban goes into effect. The department will offer smoking cessation programs to inmates asking for help quitting, according to the release.
Prison workers will be allowed to smoke in designated areas outside the prison fences.