Edinburgh-based JAC Vapour has won a contract to supply prisoners in Scotland with e-cigarettes and e-liquids.
The move comes as the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is set to roll out its Smoke Free initiative at the end of November.
JAC Vapour have worked closely with the SPS to create the Wee Vim – a pod system designed to meet the specific requirements of the prison system.
Inmates will have access to salt-based nicotine pods in tobacco, menthol, blackcurrant and strawberry flavours.
JAC Vapour CEO Neil McCallum, said:
“Research has shown that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking, so we are delighted to partner with the Scottish Prison Service to support this important initiative, to create smoke free prisons and help both smokers and passive smokers reduce their risk of serious illness.”
Those within the prison system have historically smoked at a much higher rate than the rest of the population. E-cigarettes present a viable alternative for inmates as prisons around the UK finally go smoke-free.
SPS spokesman Tom Fox said:
“People in the community who are giving up cigarettes, still have the opportunity to smoke in parts of the community. The people in our care won’t be able to smoke at all.
We are recognising the unique nature of that environment by providing the support we are.”