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Thu July 22, 2010

Prisons no longer Smoke-Free

Oklahoma City, OK – Some Okla. prisons to again allow tobacco use

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Inmates at minimum security prisons in Oklahoma will soon be allowed to smoke.

Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie says the inmates will be allowed to smoke in designated areas starting Aug. 2. He says cigarettes also will again be sold in the minimum-security prisons.

Tobacco use was banned in all state prisons in 2004 in part because of health care costs. Massie says those costs are less in minimum-security prisons because those inmates generally spend less time in custody.

He says there are no plans to again allow smoking at medium- or maximum-security prisons.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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