Prison smoking bans linked to substantial fall in deaths among US inmates

Posted: 8/8/2014

From Medical Xpress:

Prison smoking bans are associated with a substantial reduction in deaths from smoking related causes, such as heart disease and cancer, finds a US study published in the BMJ today. Smoking related deaths were cut by up to 11% in state prisons with long-term bans in place.

In the United States at year end 2011, there were 1.4 million people in state prisons. Fifty to 83 percent of people in prison smoke - substantially higher than the general population outside prison. Read more.