Rose’s comment today re-posted:
Prisoner Suicide Over Smoking Ban
April 12th, 2016
“A prisoner has killed himself after allegedly being stopped from smoking in Swansea jail.
Inmate Dean George, 40, was found dead in his cell at one of eight jails trialling the “no smoking” ban on health grounds.
Prison Service chiefs are investigating his death at Swansea prison which started the smoking ban four months ago.
Other prisoners say tensions are running high over the smoking ban – and that George had threatened to kill himself.
A partner of an inmate said: “Dean George was found dead because of the smoking ban. He told the staff he was going to do it.
“It’s human rights – they should be allowed to smoke.”
“Officers said Swansea Prison has been operating normally since going smoke free in January – and denied there has been large unrest over the smoking ban.”
Swansea Prison rooftop protest RECAP: Smoking ban blamed for incident
17th April 2016
“THREE inmates staged a rooftop protest on Swansea prison – as friends outside blamed rising tensions inside on the facility’s smoking ban.
Onlookers said the men had first been spotted on the roof of the Oystermouth Road site some time before midday. They could been seen from the streets around the prison, apparently drinking from a bottle.
At least three fire crews were at the scene, as negotiators attempted to talk the men down.
“Their actions triggered shouting from other prisoners in their cells, and at least one could be seen throwing lit paper from between their bars into the prison grounds.”
“A partner of one of the men, who refused to be named, said: “He’s protesting over not having a burn – he’s desperate.
“He’s been climbing the walls for weeks and now he’s snapped over a fag.
“He’s kept his head down for months now – it’s all ruined because Swansea decided to pilot a no smoking ban.”
I don’t predict a riot: jail smoking ban need not spell unrest
By Deborah Arnott
23 July 2015
“Yet every time the idea of a ban is raised in the media, the headlines inevitably focus on fears of unrest and riots, rather than the health and wellbeing of inmates and staff.
The hypothesis that depriving smokers of tobacco could destabilise prisons may sound plausible, but there is little evidence to back it up. In fact, many prisons around the world have gone smoke-free with few problems, particularly if, as in New Zealand, this is accompanied by measures such as nicotine replacement therapy to support those who quit.
It is true that smoking rates are higher in prison. Up to 80 per cent of prisoners in the UK are tobacco users, which means that the level of exposure to second-hand smoke is very high. Furthermore, surveys show that most jailed smokers, like any other smokers, want to quit.”
This is utterly disgusting. These prisoners are being forced to stop smoking. We are always being told that nicotine is highly addictive, and so isn’t this like imposing cold turkey on heroin addicts? It amounts to cruel and unusual punishment being inflicted on them, over and above the sentences they are already serving.