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Vaping not a substitute for all prisoners who smoke, says Forest

Plans by the Scottish Prison Service to supply inmates with vaping kits after prisons in Scotland go ‘smoke free’ later this year have been questioned by Forest.

Director Simon Clark said, “E-cigarettes may satisfy some prisoners but for many inmates smoking is one of the few pleasures they have.

“Banning smoking completely could have serious unintended consequences including more violence and increasing use of illegal drugs.

“The most sensible policy is to offer e-cigarettes to prisoners who want to quit and allow designated smoking areas for those that don’t.”

Simon Clark

Mission & Vision



Forest’s mission is to protect the interests of adults who choose to smoke or consume tobacco.


Our key aims and objectives are to:

  • counteract the “denormalisation” of smoking, and smokers
  • prevent further restrictions on the purchase and consumption of tobacco
  • establish closer links with other tobacco-friendly groups at home and abroad
  • build support among consumers of tobacco and other similarly threatened groups
  • highlight the increasingly intrusive nature of Big Government in the lives of private individuals