Worcestershire tobacco control group welcomes smoke-free prisons proposal (From Kidderminster Shuttle)
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Worcestershire tobacco control group welcomes smoke-free prisons proposal
4:10pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Local
THE Worcestershire Tobacco Control Alliance has welcomed the news that prisons are considering a tobacco and smoke-free policy.
There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, of which at least 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer.
In adults, second-hand smoke causes serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer.
It is estimated that up to 80 per cent of the prison population are smokers, which can affect them and on people who have no choice but to inhale their smoke.
Wyre Forest district and county councillor, Conservative Marcus Hart, chairman of Worcestershire Tobacco Control Alliance, said: "As chair of the Worcestershire Tobacco Control Alliance Group, I welcome the news that a pilot scheme to ban smoking in all areas of jails in England and Wales is being considered by the Prison Service.
“This will support an approach that assists improving the health of offenders, who are a group with poor health outcomes compared with the rest of the population.
“The smoking ban in public places in England and Scotland drew attention to the health burden of passive smoking and this has been an important part of improving the health of the UK population."
The overall aim of Worcestershire’s Tobacco Control Alliance (TCA) is “to bring together partners working in Worcestershire to reduce the harm caused by tobacco use, with a key focus on areas and populations of high prevalence."
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