In Scotland great care is taken not to let prison inmates in difficulty. Following a ban on smoking in penitentiary facilities in the country that came into effect at the end of November, more than 100 000 £ was spent on providing vet kits to prisoners.
Following the smoking ban in Scotland's prisons which came into effect at the end of November, more than 100 000 £ was spent to provide free e-cigarette kits to prisoners.
The Scottish Prison Service has distributed approximately 7 500 vaping kits, stating that this would lead to long-term savings by improving the health of staff and inmates. In Scotland, it is known that about 72% of prisoners smoke, compared to 16% of the total population of the country.
In response to a request for access to information, the Scottish Prison Service stated that it expected the total cost of the "vaping" operation to be approximately £ 150 000. Each vape kit provided by the penitentiary service includes an e-cigarette, a charger and a pack of three flavored e-liquids at a cost of about £ 14.
« This is a very positive step for the well-being of the inmates and the people who work for us", Said the SPS spokesman, Tom Fox. He adds " I think it's money well spent. The health benefits of our staff and those in our care far outweigh the initial costs of launching the program. »
According to the SPS, air quality in prisons would have increased by an average of 80% since the ban on tobacco. BBC Scotland spoke with inmates at HMP Edinburgh who said that the vaping kits made the smoking ban more bearable.
« There have not been many problems, or anything like that, since the smoking ban came into effect ... and that's because we had e-cigarettes."Said a prisoner.
A PROHIBITION THAT GOES TOO FAR?
Simon Clark, the director of the Tobacco Advocacy Group, said the ban on smoking in prisons goes too far. " At the very least, inmates should be allowed to smoke outside in a yard or smoking area" , did he declare. " Vaping may satisfy some prisoners, but for many, vaping can still not replace smoking.".
A real dilemma for prisons in the country knowing that from April, detainees will themselves pay for their equipment and e-liquids.