April 5, 2011
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Contact: Gretl Plessinger
On Friday, April 1, 2011 the Department of Corrections began initiating the Tobacco Cessation Initiative to ensure all facilities are tobacco free by September 30, 2011. The decision to eliminate smoking and tobacco use was made to reduce the medical cost associated with exposure to tobacco, and eliminate second hand smoke exposure to non-smokers.
During the first week, the Department will be initiating the campaign. Any inmates interested in a cessation program should contact Institutional Health Services. Trans-dermal nicotine patches via a 14 day supply will be offered for sale in the canteens for $34.99 prior to May 1, 2011. Inmates should consider starting the cessation program as soon as possible as no tobacco items will be sold after September 2, 2011.
The Department will gradually reduce the possession limits over the next six months, as detailed below. Possession of these items in excess of these established limits will result in disciplinary action.