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Health Department Invites Public to Discuss Dangers of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

October 19, 2010

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) invites the public to discuss the dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke and the benefits of smokefree air during a series of luncheons to be held across the state. The public meetings, entitled Clearing the Air:  Eliminating Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in All Public Places Including Workplaces, are designed to educate the public and give people the opportunity to voice their concerns about exposure to secondhand smoke.

Speakers include healthcare providers, elected officials, business owners and people who have been dramatically affected by exposure to secondhand smoke.

“There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke,” said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “Five hundred and fifty nonsmoking Mississippians die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke. Everyone deserves to breathe smokefree air.” 

Lunch is provided and will be served at 11:30 a.m. The program will begin at noon. Dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, October 26 - Cleveland - Center for Economic & Community Development
Wednesday, October 27 - Hattiesburg - Live Well Center in the Cloverleaf Medical Plaza
Thursday, October 28 - Gulfport - Knight Non-Profit Center          
Wednesday, November 3 - Natchez - The Grand Hotel
Thursday, November 4 - Starkville - Starkville Sports Plex
Wednesday, November 10 - Tupelo - Bancorp South Arena        
Tuesday, November 16 - Hernando - Gale Community Center

All of the Clearing the Air events are open to the public and the media. For more information, visit