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Public Correctional Policy on nonsmoking policies.

Editor's Note: The existing policies printed below were reviewed and approved for continuation by the Delegate Assembly at the 139th Congress of Corrections in Nashville, Tenn.

Introduction: Many health problems are linked directly or indirectly to smoking. The negative effects of smoking and passive inhalation have been well-documented by the surgeon general of the United States. Correctional employees and inmates are exposed to passive smoke if smoking is permitted in facilities and work locations. As a result, a growing number of correctional systems, facilities and programs have nonsmoking policies.

Policy Statement: The American Correctional Association supports nonsmoking policies and encourages correctional systems, facilities and programs to adopt such policies. Therefore correctional systems, facilities and programs should:

A. Ensure that nonsmoking staff and offenders are provided a smoke-free environment;

B. Recognize that the health benefits of a nonsmoking environment for staff and offenders lead to decreased medical expenses for the correctional systems, facilities, and programs as well as the persons involved;

C. Acknowledge that fire safety is improved when nonsmoking policies are implemented; and

D. Provide programs and assist both staff and offenders in smoking cessation efforts.

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Publication:Corrections Today
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2009
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