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Health Department Commends Smokefree Cities

October 07, 2010

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) recognizes and applauds the following cities for protecting the health of their citizens with the passage of comprehensive smokefree air ordinances:

Metcalfe                                                                    Collins
Mayersville                                                               Clinton
Starkville                                                                   Laurel
Tupelo                                                                        Grenada
Mantachie                                                                 Hollandale
Oxford                                                                       Meridian
Hattiesburg                                                              Batesville     
Hernando                                                                  Bassfield      
Aberdeen                                                                  Prentiss
Ridgeland                                                                  Lumberton
Greenwood                                                               Madison
Kosciusko                                                                  Sumrall
Amory                                                                        Crystal Springs
Corinth                                                                       Jackson
Flora                                                                           Rolling Fork
Petal                                                                           Wesson
Ecru                                                                            Belzoni

“The smokefree policies implemented by these cities will protect citizens from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Everyone deserves to breathe smokefree air,” said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”
Secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke. Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful.
Exposure to secondhand smoke causes respiratory symptoms and slows lung growth in children. Because children breathe faster, they are twice as likely to be affected by secondhand smoke. They are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, ear problems and more severe asthma.
Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes heart disease and lung cancer. Each year, an estimated 550 Mississippians die from exposure to secondhand smoke.
For more information on how you can help your city go smokefree, visit