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Missouri to ban smoking in prisons next year

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The decision comes after an inmate sued the department for suffering health effects from secondhand smoke. (AP) The decision comes after an inmate sued the department for suffering health effects from secondhand smoke. (AP)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) -

The Missouri Department of Corrections will ban smoking in prisons this year.

The News Tribune reports that all of the department's facilities will be tobacco-free starting April 1. Staff, offenders, visitors and contractors won't be allowed to possess or use tobacco products inside the facilities. Staff and visitors will be able to smoke in a designated area outside the prisons.

The decision comes after an inmate sued the department for suffering health effects from secondhand smoke. A federal jury ruled in September it was cruel and unusual punishment to pair the inmate, who suffers from asthma, with a smoker.

Staff can receive free smoking-cessation products, educational materials and classes through their health plan. Inmates will be able to purchase nicotine replacement products and will have access to classes and counseling.

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