Officials at Bordeaux jail are promising to have plenty of nicotine patches on hand Monday, as a complete smoking ban goes into effect.
They’re the last to adopt the rule. The policy banning smoking inside and outside provincial and federal jails, in Quebec, has been in place since April 2013.
The union representing prison workers pushed for the policy because it said the accumulation of smoke was hurting the health of members.
Human rights lawyer Julius Grey, who has tried to help prisoners fight for permission to smoke outside, says it's a violation of their rights.
He also says it encourages the black market of contraband cigarettes.
“There was an increase in the price of contraband cigarettes, and greater potential for violence and abuse,” Grey said.
Bordeaux officials say they started preparing inmates weeks ago. Prisoners could meet with health professionals upon request.