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How much good can vaping do in a carceral setting? Smoking rates in prisons and jails across the United States and the world are extremely high, yet the question gets little attention. One briefing from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium estimated the available research to show that at least 70 to 80 percent of the US incarcerated population smokes or has previously smoked. Vapes, of course, have been estimated by the UK’s Royal College of Physicians to be 95 percent less harmful than cigarettes, and described as “far less harmful” by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. In the US, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) banned smoking in federal correctional facilities in 2015, having previously banned the (...)