So, how come we are now supposed to believe that being forced to give up smoking while in prison does have a deterrent effect?
A brand new prison is taking credit for the plummeting crime rate in the Isle of Man.Yes, this is Europe's first non-smoking prison:
But it is not the fear of being locked up that is making criminals think twice before stealing, fighting or trading in drugs.
The prospect of being forced to give up smoking is apparently far more frightening.
The £42million jail, which opened last year, is Europe's only non-smoking prison.A jail with empty cells? Ship a few over from the mainland then!
Inmates and guards are not allowed to smoke either in or outside the buildings.
With just under 100 prisoners, there is plenty of room for more, with at least 40 cells empty.
But is it really the smoking ban that does it?
The crime rate on the Isle of Man was already low, with experts saying it is down to 'low unemployment and high community spirit', but also that the criminal justice system takes a hard line on crimes, with even small crimes often resulting in imprisonment.It couldn't possibly be that, could it?
Nah, must be the smoking ban. Just another nail in the coffin from BigGov in the relentless drive to portray smokers as the devil incarnate...
H/T: Dick Puddlecote