State prison inmates in Tennessee brought a 42 U.S.C.A. sec. 1983 action against prison officials, claiming deprivation of their Eighth Amendment rights by virtue of being compelled to share cells with smokers. The District Court entered a judgment for the defendants; the inmates appealed. The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded, holding that a genuine issue existed as to whether the prisoners had serious medical needs for a smoke-free environment.
974 F.2d 734, 7.4 TPLR 2.134 (6th Cir. 1992).