Correctional Facility Is Kicking The Habit

By: Julie Maloney
By: Julie Maloney

An eastern Kentucky prison is kicking the habit.

The Otter Creek Correctional Center in Floyd County is the second Kentucky prison and the first in our region to go smoke free.

Workers at the Otter Creek Prison say they found out about the ban sixth months ago and it went into effect earlier this month.

Surprisingly, despite smoking being such a tough habit to break, prison officials say the transition is going smoothly.

With cigarette butts no longer scattered outside this prison, Greg Compton say he's breathing a little easier.

On October 1st the Otter Creek Prison banned smoking and all tobacco products.

"It has helped a lot on sanitation...not seeing cigarette butts out," Compton said.

Compton says he thinks the smoking ban is a good move and one that will keep both inmates and workers healthy.

While Compton himself isn't a smoker he says he understands it's a hard habit to break, so he's helped arrange smoking-cessation classes for inmates who're having a hard time quitting.

Along with classes, and food for cravings, the facility is passing out pamphlets telling inmates why quitting is so critical to their health.

Not only is the smoking ban keeping the facility cleaner and helping everyone breathe a little easier, it's also saving everyone money and for many up to thirty-dollars a week.


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