Even though drug laws haven't stopped illicit substance abuse in prisons, Florida's new prison chief hopes that banning cigarettes will keep inmates from smoking. Prisoners have six months to kick the habit before cigarettes go from currency to contraband, according to the state Department of Corrections. DOC officials said that treating inmates for tobacco-related illnesses cost taxpayers almost $9 million in the past year.
Buss claimed that removing lighters will help make prisons safer by reducing the chance of arson. Designated smoking areas will be set up outside the prisons for employees and smoking cessation assistance will be offered for inmates.
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