New Florida Prison Chief Bans Tobacco in 6 Months

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- March 14, 2011 --

Florida's new prison chief is just saying no to smoking and other tobacco use.

Department of Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss on Monday
announced that Florida's prisons will be tobacco-free in six
months. He said that should cut health care costs and make prisons
safer.

Buss was one of Gov. Rick Scott's first appointees. He previously headed Indiana's prison system.

Buss said inmates hospitalized for tobacco-related illnesses
cost taxpayers nearly $9 million in the past year. He said snuffing
out cigarettes also will make the prisons cleaner and removing
lighters will make them safer.

Inmates will be offered smoking cessation assistance and
designated smoking areas will be set up outside prison walls and
fences for employees.

More than half of the states ban tobacco in prisons.


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  • by Judy Location: DOC HELL on Mar 16, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    Thank you Ya Ya!!! The truth has been spoken.
  • by Vid Location: Indiana on Mar 15, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    Smoking kills more people than any other single cause. Smoking in the facility is an essential first step to improving the lives of inmates and staff. It cuts healthcare costs and removes clutter and lowers risks of fires which should lower insurance costs to the state. Enforcing a smoke free facility will never be 100% effective but not having a policy to eliminate smoking in the prisons opens the state to the risk of class action law suits from prisoners impacted by secondary smoke.
  • by Sarah on Mar 15, 2011 at 03:26 AM
    Apparently, it's better to control something than nothing at all.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2011 at 06:36 PM
    sarah, It all starts with the small stuff.
  • by tax payer Location: ga on Mar 14, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    i would like to know how much a jail say here in lowndes county where they probly pass threw from 500.000 to 1000000 people per year for anything they can arrest them for small as a a joint from a tourist on i75 going on vacation to florida so they can get federal dollatrs nevermind the hardship they cause the tourist. i would like to know how much money they bring in per year. it is probly millions of dollars. it is unreal to me how inmates are even allowed to go to the store in jailIT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY.
  • by HAPPY Location: TAYLOR on Mar 14, 2011 at 05:49 PM
    FIRE THE NEW GUY, HIRE SHERIFF JOE FROM ARIZONA, HE'LL SAVE THE STATE MONEY. AFTER ALL IT'S NOT THE HILTON.
  • by Justice Guy Location: Tampa Bay Area on Mar 14, 2011 at 05:32 PM
    I really don't think this is News..I think Harry Singletary did it 15 years ago..
  • by RealCO Location: NWFRC on Mar 14, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    @ gettowork.. You don't have a clue, they took the weights years ago & the 1 tv per dorm (80 or so inmates is the least expensive CO your tax $ will ever pay for. Every institution already grows as much food as possible, given the limited resources & many have field force squads, witch is same as chain gangs. Now for the tobacco ban, love it lot cleaner institution although it'll be on for a while & lots more contraband for the bad ones to make money with. And by the way let's get to work is a joke and so is the man in the governors office!!!
  • by sarah on Mar 14, 2011 at 03:18 PM
    seems cigarettes should be the least of this guy's worries. Instead, he should worry about drugs being smuggled in, inmate on inmate crime, corrections officers having affairs with inmates, etc. He's just looking for something to control because he KNOWS he's gonna fail at controlling everything else. LET 'EM SMOKE!
  • by BOC Location: Somewhere County on Mar 14, 2011 at 02:49 PM
    Back up the bus cause in six months it's own and I pray I'm on duty when they pop off. When you're an inmate of the state then you follow state rules. We Never Walk Alone.....Finally!!!
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