Indoor and outdoor smoking has been prohibited for nearly 20 years at almost all Utah prison facilities. Only those inmates in Lone Peak's minimum-security housing (at the north end of the Draper prison campus) had retained the ability to smoke outdoors during approved recreation time - until this recent change.
New leadership decided last year to begin gradually weaning the Lone peak inmate population off of cigarettes. Inmates were given advanced notice of the decision in November. Inmates were also offered smoking cessation classes, information, and other consultation with clinical services professionals to make a smoother transition.
Cigarettes are now considered contraband at Lone Peak.
Prison officials say banning smoking reduces access to open flames, limits contraband moving through prison facilities and prevent some tax-funded cost used to treat smoking related medical issues that could begin while an inmate is in prison.