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IDAHO APPROVES POLICY ON SMOKING AT NEW PRISON

Inmates at Idaho's new maximum-security prison can escape the second-hand tobacco smoke from other prisoners under smoking rules from the Idaho Board of Corrections.

The smoking policy approved Friday allows prisoners to smoke in their cells and in the exercise yards but not in enclosed areas where others would be exposed to the fumes."It's a good policy," Warden A.J. Arave said.

Areas prohibited to smoking at the 252-bed facility under construction near Boise include day rooms, corridors, dining rooms and disciplinary cells. Correctional employees will be permitted to smoke in offices, break rooms and control rooms.

There are no similar smoking restrictions at the nearby existing Idaho State Penitentiary.