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Rise in prison violence after smoking ban in Wales prison

Parc Prison
A rise in the number of violent and self harm incidents at Parc Prison could be linked to the smoking ban, a review has found.

The report said the ban at the Bridgend site had been well-managed and some prisoners had since stopped smoking.

But it said tobacco and other contraband was still getting in and it was concerned about drones being used.

The prison's director Janet Wallsgrove said the number of violent incidents increased but were now dropping.

Although no analysis has been carried out, the review said the ban "might be a factor" in the rise in violence.

Comment: Given the stress-reducing benefits of smoking tobacco, the rise in prison violence is not surprising. See:

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Fascist anti-smoking crusade: Prisons in Scotland to ban smoking by 2018 (Update)

HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow
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HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow.
Smoking will be prohibited in Scotland's jails by the end of next year under plans announced by prison chiefs.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) says it intends to make all jails north of the border "smoke-free" by November 2018. The move is designed to tackle the "unacceptably high risk" posed to the health of prisoners, staff and visitors by passive smoking. ]

The announcement was accompanied by the launch of a major report on prison workers' exposure to second-hand smoke.

The large-scale study led by the University of Glasgow - described as the most comprehensive analysis of its kind in the world - found workers' exposure to such smoke is similar to that experienced by someone living in a typical smoking home in Scotland.

Comment: For the truth about tobacco and why the PTB want to stamp it out, see:


Planting a Fascist anti-smoking seed? Forbes asks: should smoking be a tort?

Smoking is better than Fascims
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The city council of my county's seat (Rockville, Montgomery County Maryland) is debating a proposal to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas of restaurants. Four states (Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, and Washington) already have statewide bans in place, as do many cities, including one other in Maryland (La Plata, in Charles County).

At least thirty states already ban all smoking inside restaurants and bars. What I want to know is whether these bans are a good idea, or whether markets should be relied on to provide appropriate facilities for smoking. Relatedly, I wonder whether smoking should be seen as a tort.

And now a disclaimer: I hate tobacco. I have never taken a cent from a tobacco company in consulting fees, and would never work for them as a lawyer. I have never smoked, and my wife and I have never allowed smoking in any home we have ever owned (going back to the 1970's, when our smoking ban was extremely unusual and roundly condemned by friends and relatives alike). I would threaten to disown one of my children if he or she took up smoking. I believe that states have the constitutional right to ban tobacco sales altogether (though it would arguably be cruel to do this, given that millions of Americans legally consume this product and would have recourse to a massive black market were a ban set up). Indeed, I have read a report that upwards of fifteen states apparently did ban tobacco between 1890 and 1927. One state's ban was challenged and upheld by the Supreme Court (Austin v. Tennessee,21 S.Ct. 132 (1900)). No state wants to ban tobacco today, I think, likely in part because states currently accrue as much or more revenue from tobacco than do cigarette manufacturers.

Comment: Here is a more objective 'rub':

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Nigerian government launches Fascist smoking ban; heavy fines, jail terms for smoking in public

Smoking is healthier than fascism

Smoking: it's healthier than Fascism!
The Nigerian Government has launched a campaign to ban smoking in public places including motor parks, shopping malls and health care centres.

Ministry of Health in a communiqué yesterday said according to Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015, once convicted, offenders are liable to a fine of at least N50, 000 and/or six months' imprisonment.

Tagged the Clean Air Campaign, the ministry said the law would be taken seriously to protect and promote the citizens' right to health, life, physical integrity and safety. It reads, "The World Health Organisation estimates that worldwide, second-hand tobacco smoke is currently responsible for the deaths of about 600,000 people yearly, 80 per cent of which occur in low-income and middle-income countries like Nigeria.

"Smoking in public places is now banned in Nigeria. Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015 stipulates that offenders, once convicted, are liable to a fine of not less than N50,000 or not less than six months' imprisonment, or both.

Comment: More anti-smoking hysteria based on lies. See:


The push is on to ban smoking on patios in Winnipeg, Canada

No smoking sign in Montreal
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Two organizations have come out in support of banning smoking on all outdoor restaurant and bar patios in Winnipeg.

The Canadian Cancer Society and Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance (MANTRA) will appear before the city's standing policy committee on protection, community services and parks today in support of a ban.

Winnipeg is the last major city in the country without such a smoking ban on outdoor patios.

"The time for study and consultation is over," said Erin Crawford, the Canadian Cancer Society's senior director of public issues and community engagement.

"Winnipeg is being left behind. The science is clear and hundreds of communities throughout Canada that have already implemented this sort of ban."

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Myanmar's largest city to ban smoking in public areas

Myanmar man smoking
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Myanmar government is planning to ban smoking in public areas in Yangon, official media reported Tuesday.

With the help of Public Health Foundation which is a non-profit organization aiming for universal health care in the country, the government is exerting efforts to implement a project of establishing 20 smoke-free zones in 20 years in the former capital.

For the purpose of protecting citizens, especially young people, from being impacted by smoke-related health problems, the authorities will set up smoke free areas in sports arenas and stadiums, public parks, playgrounds, schools, universities, bus stops, cinemas, markets, hospitals and pagodas.

The project will also be effective for non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke from potential diseases, including lung cancer, asthma, stroke and coronary heart disease.


Indian minister fails to show at 'No tobacco, No Taliban' event

VK Singh
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Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh.
Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh, failed to turn up for an event at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where he was invited as the chief guest by RSS-affiliated student group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), on Wednesday.

The event, titled 'Na Tobacco, Na Taliban, Naye Bharat ki Nayi Pehchan', was organised on the occasion of World Tobacco Day. The event was held amid a demonstration by members of the Ambedkarite student group Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA), who were protesting against the invitation to Singh.

"How could they invite such an inhuman and anti-Dalit minister to our campus, who once compared Dalit children to street dogs?" asked BAPSA member Rahul Sonpimple. In October, 2015, Singh had triggered a controversy when he said: "If somebody throws a stone on a dog, is the government responsible?", in the backdrop of an incident in which two Dalit children were burnt alive in Faridabad.


Pennsylvania considers new bill expanding fascist smoking ban

Woman smoking
Lawmakers are considering a new bill that would end indoor smoking at bars, casinos, clubs and hotels that still allow it in Pennsylvania.

House Bill 1309 was introduced Friday by House Health Committee Chairman Matthew Baker, R-Tioga County.

According to CBS affiliate KDKA, the bill would get rid of a list of exemptions in the 2008 Clean Indoor Air Act that lets businesses continue to allow smoking under certain conditions.

Bars can still allow smoking under the 2008 law if 20-percent or less of its sales come from food. Casinos can allow smoking on a portion of their gaming floors but not the whole floor, and hotels can designate up to 25-percent of their rooms as smoking rooms.

The bill says that smoking will still be allowed in private homes.

Comment: Lies, Damned Lies & 400,000 Smoking-related Deaths: Cooking the Data in the Fascists' Anti-Smoking Crusade


Britain's toughest jails preparing for violence, unrest, increased drug use as smoking ban enforced

UK inmate smoking a cigarette
Britain's toughest jails are preparing themselves for unrest and violence when a smoking ban comes into force across UK jails.

Four in every five inmates currently smoke, and the decision to force them to be smoke-free by August 31 is unlikely to be well received.

A trial was held across 21 prisons in Wales last year, with a sharp spike in fighting and vandalism reported at HMP Cardiff.

Convicts are being encouraged to sign up for courses and replacement devices in order to help them kick the habit before the deadline.

Aside from the risk of increased trouble, critics fear the move could see an rise in contraband substances, such as Spice, being smuggled in.

Belmarsh and Strangeways are among the notorious jails where some of the country's most ferocious prisoners will have to deal with the changes.

Alex Cavendish, who is now a prison academic after doing time himself, told the Telegraph: 'Tobacco is an integral part of prison life. As well as being regarded as a treat and helping to alleviate boredom, smoking also acts as a crutch for inmates with a range of more serious issues.


More anti-smoking hype: WHO says Japan should ban smoking ahead of Tokyo Olympics

No smoking sign
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Japan should ban smoking in all public places if it wants to successfully host the Tokyo Olympics and promote tourism, a senior World Health Organization official said Friday.

Japan, often known as a smoker's paradise, has no binding law controlling secondhand smoking and has come under pressure to institute one ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.

The health ministry is preparing legislation to limit secondhand smoking, but faces strong opposition from smoking lawmakers and the tobacco industry. WHO and the International Olympic Committee agreed in 2010 to promote smoke-free Olympic Games, and host nations China, Russia and Brazil have since achieved that goal.

Douglas Bettcher, WHO director of non-communicable diseases prevention, said Japanese smoking restrictions are far behind global standards and need to be updated because foreign visitors expect clean air while in Japan. He said partial anti-smoking measures are ineffective and that the ministry's draft, while an improvement, should be strengthened.

"The time is right for Japan to finally catch up now with the Olympics just around the corner," Bettcher said at a news conference. He said it was a "golden opportunity for Japan to better protect its people from the deadly effects of exposure to secondhand smoke."

Comment: There are exactly NO studies supporting a causal link between the two.

The epidemic of junk science in tobacco smoking research