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Knox County wants to sell e-cigarettes to inmates

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:47 a.m. CDT

GALESBURG – Inmates at the Knox County jail may soon be able to buy electronic cigarettes.

The Knox County sheriff told county board members on Monday that he has found a vendor that has designed e-cigarettes that are safe for inmates. The e-cigarettes can't be broken down and turned into weapons.

The Register-Mail in Galesburg reports (http://bit.ly/1qK5ue8 ) that Sheriff David Clague says he'll number each e-cigarette and inmates will have to return them when they're done.

The sheriff says he 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.

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