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The purpose of the legislators filing this bill is not to make it more bearable for those incarcerated: it’s to save money on healthcare costs. However, being imprisoned and subjected to secondhand smoke when you’re smoke-sensitive must make incarceration practically intolerable to bear.
To amend chapter 191, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to use of tobacco products in state correctional facilities.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 191, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 191.774, to read as follows:
191.774. No person shall smoke or otherwise use tobacco products in any area of a state correctional center or the grounds thereof. Any person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of an infraction.
Comment from MoGASP on St. Louis Post-Dispatch web site:
Martin Pion said on: February 18, 2011, 7:21 am
This measure deserves support, but not merely to save the state money on healthcare costs. Especially when incarcerated, you should not be forced to breathe other’s secondhand smoke (SHS).
Likewise, prison guards should not have to be exposed to SHS: it’s not part of the job description.
Martin Pion, President, Missouri GASP (Group Against Smoking Pollution) Inc. NFP 501(c)(3) since 1986. www.mogasp.wordpress.com
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 7:03 am | Comments (60 at 11:38 pm on 2/18/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. • Some Missouri lawmakers want to snuff out cigarettes at state prisons.
Bills filed recently in both the Missouri House and Senate would prohibit smoking or the use of tobacco products anywhere on the grounds of state correctional facilities.
Lembke says the cost of medical care for prisoners has risen significantly. And he says two chief causes are cardiac problems and cancer, which are associated with tobacco use.
According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, 13 states currently prohibit the use of all tobacco products both indoors and outdoors on the grounds of correctional facilities.
Tobacco bills are SB289 and HB445.
Sen. Jim Lembke represents District 01 in SW St. Louis County, primarily just south of St. Louis City.Sponsor of HB445 is Rep. Chris Molendorp (R – District 123) in Cass County, south of Kansas City, Mo.