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POA Press Releases

PR 70 20 Sep 2013

Smoking in prisons

The POA have welcomed the announcement by the Ministry of Justice that they intend to introduce a smoke free workplace in prisons in England and Wales by 2015.

To date, successive Governments and the Ministry of Justice have been reluctant to introduce a ban on smoking in communal areas and cells within prisons.

Peter McParlin National Chairman of the POA said;

“This is a health and safety issue for our members. Smoking is banned in workplaces throughout the UK and prisons cannot be exempt from this ban.

The necessary resources will need to be put in place to ensure that the ban is implemented safely and that the health benefits are explained to prisoners”.




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