Wednesday, September 14, 2005


Manitoba jail bans tea

`A Manitoba jail has stopped serving tea because some inmates were using tea bags to make cigarettes. [..]

“The gum is boiled and there’s a nicotine residue that’s removed and dried and then sprinkled on the redried tea bag leaves, and then rolled,” jail superintendent Cathy Sandney said Monday.

Jail officials were surprised inmates would go through the painstaking process to get a smoke, Sandney said, because it can take up to two days to make one cigarette.

The jail stopped serving tea last week, but is looking at offering instant tea – which has no bags.’

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