Should smoking be banned in prisons?

  title={Should smoking be banned in prisons?},
  author={Tony G Butler and Robyn L Richmond and Josephine M Belcher and Kay Wilhelm and Alex D Wodak},
  journal={Tobacco Control},
  pages={291 - 293}
Consequences and effectiveness Tobacco smoking is an integral part of prison life and an established part of the prison culture. Tobacco serves a range of functions in prison: as a surrogate currency, a means of social control, as a symbol of freedom in a group with few rights and privileges, a stress reliever and as a social lubricant. Smoking bans in prison have gained favour in recent times, particularly in North America.1–3 Fear of legal action by non-smoking prison staff and other… 

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