ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Commissioners in Sandoval County have decided to ban all tobacco products at the county’s detention center.
The ban on smoking at the jail in Bernalillo takes effect in June.
The commissioners voted Thursday to approve a proposal by Detention Center director Al Casamento. It would bar tobacco use and possession by inmates, guards and contractors at the jail.
Casamento told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/yuuY1M ) that employees can sign up for smoking cessation classes.
But he says inmates will have to go cold turkey. He promises to give out hard candy to help them get over the urge to smoke.
Violators could face felony criminal charges, and staff could be fired if they are caught with tobacco.
The ban is modeled on a policy at the Bernalillo County jail.