No More Smoking For Florida Prisoners

By: Jennifer Milton Email
By: Jennifer Milton Email

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.


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  • by Ex Correctional Officer Location: Tallahassee on Mar 16, 2011 at 06:54 AM
    Well I have had enough, it is now 9:47am and I just returned home after resigning with the Florida Department Of Corruption. When those of you who voted for our present Gov. had your say, I was not disrespectful and said what I think of him. I chose to have my say during the election, however I can't see putting my wife and kids thru the stress of having to bury me due to being killed by a crack head. I have given the DOC 21 7 monthsand 3 days of my life working to protect some of the most ungrateful people I have ever seen, I am not talking about the inmates. Those of you who have been robbed, carjacked, stolen from and had family members killed by one of the POS should understand how dangerous our job is. to those of you who have never been affected by any crimes of a violent nature, I pray that your luck holds out. To the many fine Officers that I have worked with during my time in the DOC, I give my thanks for helping keep my family and myself safe. Good luck and keep up the good wk
  • by Convict Location: Starke on Mar 16, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    Now i can't trade my cellmate for a pack of Marlboros
  • by Glenda Location: Valdosta on Mar 15, 2011 at 09:38 PM
    Let's take away the cigarettes from prisoners, decrease officers to the prison and what do you have... A prison full of angry inmates with less officers to deal with them. Sounds real safe to me.
  • by Anon on Mar 15, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    The cost of smoking vs the cost to quit. Hmmmm....
  • by A Smoker Location: Valdosta on Mar 15, 2011 at 04:14 PM
    Are the tax-payers paying for these? I think it is a GREAT idea!
  • by J Timney Location: Tlh on Mar 15, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    This is a great idea for a change.
  • by LOL Location: Tallyho on Mar 15, 2011 at 02:58 PM
    Agreeing with AmericanIdiot!!
  • by Lauren on Mar 15, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    "Stepping on personal freedoms?!" Come on, dude. You're in prison...you shouldn't have ANY freedom.
  • by AmericanIdiot on Mar 15, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    Hahahahahahahahaha! Priceless............
  • by Rafeeqah Location: Tallahassee on Mar 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    I wonder how much the smoking cessation assistance will cost? Pharmaceutical influence anyone?
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