Correctional officers welcome new policy banning tobacco from all federal penitentiaries



    MONTREAL, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Federal correctional officers are
pleased by the announcement today by Correctional Service Canada (CSC) that it
will ban tobacco from all federal institutions.
    "Our members have been demanding this move for years," said Pierre
Mallette, National President of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers
(UCCO-SACC-CSN). "We've long known that second-hand smoke is a killer."
    Until now, CSC had tolerated smoking outside penitentiary buildings, but
allowed inmates to keep their tobacco products inside their cells. Inmates
continued to smoke in their cells despite the rules.
    Today's announcement is an acknowledgement that the current policy was
not effectively reducing exposure to second-hand smoke. Beginning April 30,
2008, possession of tobacco will be completely forbidden on the property of
federal correctional institutions.
    "We understand that tobacco addiction is very strong," observed
Mr. Mallette. "Our members will do everything they can to implement strategies
to help inmates through the withdrawal process. Some of our members will be
equally affected by this new policy."
    Mr. Mallette noted, however, that a total ban on tobacco has already
worked well in certain provincial prison systems.




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For further information: Lyle Stewart, CSN Communications Service, (514)
796-2066; Source: CSN


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