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Sheriff wants to sell e-cigarettes to inmates

GALESBURG (AP) – Inmates at the Knox County Jail might soon be able to buy electronic cigarettes.

Knox County Sheriff David Clague told county board members Monday that he has found Pekin-based vendor Newman & Ullman, which has designed e-cigarettes that can’t be broken down and turned into weapons.

Each cigarette will be numbered with a sticker that would be impossible to remove and inmates will have to return them when they’re finished

The sheriff hopes offering e-cigarettes will help stop inmates from smuggling in real cigarettes.

The e-cigarettes would sell for $14 and cost the jail $7 to purchase from the supplier.

“A regular pack of cigarettes is $7 and the e-cigs are worth two packs, so we’ll charge $14,” Clague said.

An official proposal wasn’t immediately introduced to the county board because the sheriff does not yet have a contract.

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