Supreme court to consider appeal to enforce smoking ban in UK jails

Prisoner says rules on smoking in communal areas are not being upheld, exposing him to dangerous levels of secondhand smoke

The remaining rights of prisoners to smoke inside their cells are to be challenged at the supreme court in a case which, if successful, could inflame discipline problems in prisons.

The appeal has been brought by Paul Black, a prisoner at HMP Wymott, on the basis of fresh evidence from a Ministry of Justice medical report on air quality behind bars which warns that “secondhand smoke harms everyone”.

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