Prisoners are now being forced to stop smoking. We are constantly told that nicotine is highly addictive – so isn’t this like imposing cold turkey on heroin addicts (something we don’t do)? It amounts to cruel and unusual punishment being inflicted on them, over and above the sentences they are already serving.
It would appear that any barbarity is now permissible in the name of “health”.
I’ve now received the response of the Department of Justice, the body of which I reproduce below:
It seems a rather long-winded response, couched in language that seems to skate around ever saying anything at all exact.
As far as I can tell, it seems to be saying that prisoners in UK prisons are indeed going to be forced to stop smoking.
But others may be able to tease quite different meanings from the bureaucratic prose.