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E-cigarettes made especially for inmates
  1. Laurel Curry1,
  2. Youn Ok Lee2,
  3. Todd Rogers3
  1. 1Public Health Policy Research Program, RTI International, Washington, DC, USA
  2. 2Public Health Policy Research Program, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA
  3. 3Public Health Policy Research Program, RTI International, San Francisco, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Laurel Curry, Public Health Policy Research Program, RTI International, Washington, DC, 701 13th St. NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20005, USA; lcurry{at}

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The USA has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, at 751 per 100 000,1 and almost 12 million people are admitted to local jails annually.2 Smoking prevalence is estimated at 60–80% in US criminal justice populations, about four times higher than in the general population.3 Most jails ban conventional cigarette smoking to prevent contraband and associated violence, reduce the fire hazard and maintenance costs associated with cigarettes, and lower secondhand smoke exposure by non-smoking prisoners.4 ,5 Some jails, however, are experimenting with offering e-cigarettes for sale to inmates. Although some state correctional agencies have banned e-cigarette sales in prison commissaries (stores that sell provisions for inmates), policies vary for local (city or county) jails. County jails in Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Nebraska and …

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  • Contributors LC and YOL conceptualised the manuscript. LC drafted the manuscript. YOL and TR provided feedback and edits on drafts of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.