The inmates can puff on this

August 12, 2013 6:45:02 AM PDT
Inmates at the Russell County, Alabama, jail have something new to puff.

Cigarettes are banned in the lockup.

But inmates can now buy electronic cigarettes at the jail store.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor tells a local television station that he hopes the new smokes will result in calmer inmates.

He notes that contraband tobacco is one of the jail's biggest problems.

But an e-cig fix doesn't come cheap.

The jail store is selling the e-cigarettes for 18 bucks each.

Taylor adds there's no cost to the county and the jail makes $4 to $5 profit on each one.