Vape sales in the UK’s jails have now topped 65,000 a week as inmates use ecigarettes in place of regular cigarettes to get their nicotine fix.
Last year saw a smoking ban in all UK jails and since then 33,000 inmates are using e liquid instead of smoking, as prisons seek to support quitting among inmates. Ecigarettes and e juice are also an extra source of revenue with profits being ploughed back into underfunded jails.
Vape Support After Smoking Ban
The 2017 smoking ban caused widespread riots forcing the Ministry of Justice to change the ban and allow smoking in cells. The move came in a bid to protect staff and inmates from second-hand smoke.
According to the Metro newspaper 80 per cent of the UK’s 70,000 inmates were smokers and following the ban assaults on staff and other inmates ‘rocketed’.
Air Quality Worse
There were also reports that said the smoking ban made air quality in prisons worse as inmates turned to smoking home made cigarettes, that contained anything from banana skins to cut-up nicotine patches.
A Prison Service spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘All closed prisons in England and Wales are now smoke free reducing the risk of second-hand smoke to prisoners and staff. ‘Prisoners have been given support in quitting smoking if they need it including vapes, e-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy.’