British Prison Service wants to ban smoking in all penal institutions in England and Wales, BBC reports.
The reason of such ban is legal actions and complains of non-smoking prison officers and inmates about being passive smokers. The project is to be launched in several jails (including Eastwood Park Women's Prison) in 2014, and a total ban is expected to come into effect by 2015.
The objectors claim that about 80% of British prisoners are smokers and it can "destabilize situation" and even give rise to riots. Such ban has been already introduced in some juvenile prisons and no incidents came. Besides, prisoners will be given nicotine patches to help them to quit smoking.
After the smoking ban in public places was introduced in 2007 British prisoners couldn't smoke in enclosed public places, though still could do it in their "cells" including all parts of prison and exercise yards.
After the pilot had been evaluated the ban could then be introduced across the rest of the prison estate, which houses more than 84,000 inmates, in the following 12 months.
According to BBC News, there are more than 84,000 inmates in prisons of England and Wales.