Some inmates in Florida prisons may soon find themselves forced to kick a bad habit.
Officials with the Florida Department of Corrections have announced that Florida's prisons will be tobacco free in six months. They say prisoners who are hospitalized for tobacco-related illnesses cost tax payers nearly nine million dollars. And, while some are pleased with the decision, others believe it crosses the line.
"I mean, it just makes our society better. Just thinking about how many people because of smoking throughout the year. I mean, yeah, they're in prison for a certain reason but why just hurt yourself more by continuing smoking?," said Robby Scott.
"I think smoking is such a small issue, that we should really be concentrating on other things, rather than stepping on the personal freedoms of people incarcerated," said Samuel Storer Austin.
Officials say inmates who currently smoke will receive assistance to help them quit.