TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Prison officials have lifted a ban on smoking for Florida prison employees.
But inmates are still banned from smoking under the new policy put in place by Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker earlier this month.
The St. Petersburg Times reports that Tucker was facing resistance from the union representing correctional officers.
Former prison chief Ed Bus had decreed that Florida prisons should be smoke-free by Oct. 1. All other state buildings are smoke-free.
Gov. Rick Scott replaced Bus with Tucker in August. That's when the union stepped in and formally resisted the smoking policy. Union attorney Hal Johnson says a revised smoking policy must be negotiated under the union's contract.
The policy allows officers, employees and visitors to smoke in areas that aren't in plain view of inmates.