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Banning smoking in prisons has led to tobacco being smuggled in and becoming part of the illicit economy.

The smoking ban was fully implemented in jails this year after being introduced across the prison estate over the previous two years.

[...] Rory Stewart, the prisons minister, said: “With regards to the impact on the illicit economy; tobacco has become an additional currency to the current currencies relating to drug use and mobile phones within the illicit economy.”