Health Department Commends Smokefree Flowood
April 08, 2011
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) recognizes and applauds the City of Flowood for protecting the health of its citizens with the passage of a comprehensive smokefree air ordinance.
“The smokefree air policy implemented by this city will protect all employees and customers in businesses and other public places in Flowood from the harmful effects of breathing secondhand smoke. Everyone deserves to breathe smokefree air,” said Roy Hart, director of the Office of Tobacco Control at MSDH. “There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”
City officials adopted a smokefree air ordinance Monday that will take effect in 30 days. The ordinance prohibits smoking in all businesses and workplaces.
Secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke. For some people, even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can have immediate adverse health effects.
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.
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