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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|Title Annotation:||POLICIES AND RESOLUTIONS|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Oct 1, 2009|
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