State Prisons To Implement Tobacco Ban This Summer

The Department of Corrections says all state prisons in Pennsylvania will be tobacco-free by July 1st. The Department of Corrections says banning the use of tobacco products in state prisons will not only make them healthier places, but also safer by eliminating black market tobacco sales. As part of the plan inmate commissaries will stop the sale of tobacco products on June 1st, although electronic cigarettes will continue to be sold and allowed to be used by inmates and staff in certain areas. Inmates will also be offered smoking cessation programs.