The governor of Perth Prison has given his backing to the controversial move to offer vaping kits to inmates.
Fraser Munro said he feels the radical plan, which is part of a series of measures to be rolled out in all Scottish prisons in November, “is needed in this day and age”.
The vaping kits will be introduced at the start of November before the prison smoking ban, which will come into effect at the end of the same month.
It has been confirmed the vaping kits will be provided free of charge to inmates for two months and will then be sold at a discounted rate until April.
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Prisoners will have to pay the normal price for the e-cigarette equipment after that.
Smoking was banned in enclosed public spaces in Scotland in 2006 but the legislation did not include prisons.
Earlier this year, the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) announced plans to make prisons completely smoke-free but the move has attracted criticism in some quarters. However, Mr Munro feels the time has come to ban smoking in prisons.
He said: “The reality is the smoking ban will be introduced in all Scottish prisons in November and we support this legislation.
“This will mean completely smoke-free prisons.”