A nonsmoking prisoner was confined in a jail and placed in a cell with eight smokers. Yarclay complained about the smoking conditions and filed an inmate grievance. He was later transferred to a single, non-smoking cell. He sued for monetary damages and injunctive relief. The court (Sanderson, J.) granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment, ruling that the request for injunctive relief is moot and that the request for monetary damages must fail because there is no constitutional right to a smoke-free jail environment.
1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3113, (U.S.D.C. N.D. Tex. 1999).