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Health Department Commends Smokefree Marks

June 27, 2011

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) congratulates the City of Marks 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 Marks 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 recently adopted the comprehensive smokefree air ordinance that will take effect on July 14. The ordinance prohibits smoking in all businesses and workplaces.
Smokefree Air Mississippi, an initiative of MSDH, works to limit exposure to secondhand smoke in public places, including places of employment.

Mississippi currently has 40 cities with comprehensive smokefree air ordinances in place.  In 2010, 13 of the state’s cities passed comprehensive smokefree ordinances.

“Seventy-eight percent of Mississippi voters support smokefree air policies. More Mississippians than ever now realize that creating smokefree environments is the only way to fully protect people against exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Hart. “The passage of this ordinance by the City of Marks is a huge step toward the goal of protecting all Mississippians from the dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke in public places and workplaces.”

Show your support for Smokefree Air Mississippi by visiting our website – – and signing our petition, or visit us on Facebook and “Like” Smokefree Air Mississippi.

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