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S5W-14729: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what preparations the Scottish Prison Service is taking to implement the no smoking policy across the prison estate, which is due to be introduced in November 2018, and whether electronic cigarettes will be permitted.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 5 March 2018

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), to respond. His response is as follows:

SPS has made changes to the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Rules 2011 and single use, first generation e-cigarettes are being introduced for sale to those in our care. Further changes to these Rules will be made which will enable simultaneous implementation of smoke free prisons across Scotland on 30 November 2018.

SPS will deliver support to those in our care through facilitating additional smoking cessation classes and provision of an effective range of nicotine replacement therapies. SPS has also been working collaboratively on an ongoing basis, with NHS and other partners, in order to implement and review our integrated Smoke-free Prisons’ Strategy and Communication Plan.

These initiatives will assist those who wish to stop smoking or manage their nicotine intake in a much less harmful way, whilst maintaining safety and security for those who live, work and visit our prisons.