Russell County Jail Tries E-Cigarettes

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) -- Inmates at the Russell County Jail in Phenix City are now able to buy electronic cigarettes.

Reports say Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor says, that the electronic cigarettes went on sale Tuesday for $18 each. He said he hopes they will result in calmer, better-behaved inmates in a facility where traditional cigarettes are banned. He is also hoping they will cut down on contraband tobacco, which is one of the facility's biggest problems.

Inmate Tony Brown said a lot of inmates have tried the e-cigarettes and seem to like them. They are battery powered and deliver nicotine through a smoke-like vapor.

The sheriff said there is no expense to the county, and the jail makes $4 to $5 off each e-cigarette sold.


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