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Health Department Applauds Northeast Mississippi Community College and Mississippi College

June 10, 2011

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) congratulates Northeast Mississippi Community College for joining Delta State University and Itawamba Community College in protecting students and employees by going tobacco-free. MSDH also recognizes Mississippi College for the recent passage of their smoke-free policy prohibiting smoking in buildings and within 25 feet of the college’s entrances.

“The passage of Northeast Mississippi Community College’s tobacco-free policy and Mississippi College’s smoke-free policy will protect students and employees from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.  According to data collected in 2010 by the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University, most college students surveyed support comprehensive smoke-free air policies and wouldn’t be opposed to additional campus and community-level policies,” said Roy Hart, director of the Office of Tobacco Control at MSDH. “There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

Secondhand smoke contains thousands of chemicals, many of which are known to cause cancer and other serious diseases. Separating smokers from nonsmokers, using fans, and even installing high-tech ventilation and filtration equipment does not eliminate the health risks of secondhand smoke.

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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