|New York Times Reporter Interviews Sheriff Gammons - Page 2|
|Written by Debbie Gregory|
|Tuesday, January 14, 2014|
Page 2 of 2As previously reported in the Macon County Chronicle in August of last year, while attending the Tennessee Sheriffs Association meeting, Sheriff Gammons met with a company representative that sold electronic cigarettes and the sheriff found the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone.
Not only would the sale of the electronic cigarettes lower contraband being brought illegally into the Macon County Jail but it would also bring a lot of money back into the county, which could be used to pay his correctional officers more money.
“This is a very interesting subject and people want to hear about it and read what is going on,” said Mr. Timothy Williams. “You would be surprised how much interest has been generated about this.”
“I’ve had calls from Florida, Missouri, Georgia, Oklahoma and several other states interested in the use of these cigarettes,” said Sheriff Gammons. “And like I told them, most of the contraband brought into the jail is 75% tobacco. I’m not trying to take away from the tobacco farmers and I’m not trying to tell people to quit smoking. The inmates are just calmer and are fighting less over the contraband, with the electronic cigarette available to everyone, which in turn has reduced the medical cost from injuries.”
Mr. Williams referred to Sheriff Gammons as a pioneer in the use of these electronic cigarettes and said it was a great idea. He said that he wanted to find out for himself about the benefits of these cigarettes and write about it, in hopes that other sheriffs would read this article and would try this tactic as well.
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