Smoking ban cannot be enforced in jails, UK supreme court rules

Inmate loses attempt to enforce ban in prisons after court says crown premises are exempt.

A prisoner suffering from poor health has lost his attempt to enforce the smoking ban in English and Welsh jails after the supreme court ruled that crown premises are effectively exempt from the enforcement of health regulations.

The unanimous judgment from the UK’s highest court will prevent the inmate, Paul Black, from calling the NHS’s smoke-free compliance line to report breaches of the ban.

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