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Smoker Requests Jail Time To Quit Habit

A Des Moines woman has volunteered to spend time in jail in order to quit smoking.

Jodi Perkins said she’s desperate to stop her 23-year habit.

Perkins said she has tried just about everything to stop, such as going to the doctor, using nicotine patches and chewing gum.

She said nothing has worked. “This is shameful. I can’t take it anymore. I don’t know what to do. I need to be removed from the nicotine. Will power doesn’t do it for me,” Perkins said.

Perkins said she called the Polk County Jail to see if officials would allow her to spend time there so she could get the nicotine out of her system.

“I want to quit smoking real bad. I can tell when I’m outside, I’m mowing and I’m doing activities it’s getting harder to breathe. I’m still in my 30s and I can’t catch my breath,” she said.

Perkins said she offered to pay whatever fee might be required. She said she knows a lot of people would not understand her actions. “It is a sickness — an addiction,” Perkins said.

She said she’s willing to go to the extreme by giving up her vacation and freedom to get the nicotine out of her body. Jail officials told Perkins that she cannot go to jail unless there is a warrant out for her or a court order issued. She said a jail official told her she had never had someone request jail time before.

“I’m a former smoker. I know what that’s like,” said Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Neil Shultz.

Photo of Jail CellHe said a lot of people are desperate to quit smoking, but that the Polk Count Jail is not set up to do that. “It’s a huge liability on our part,” he said.

Perkins said two to three days in jail away from cigarettes could help.

“I don’t want to keep contaminating my self, my family (or) my dog with the nicotine,” she said.

Source: KCCI News, Des Moines, Iowa