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Fifty-Two Mississippi Cities Now Smoke-Free

April 11, 2012

Fifty-Two Mississippi Cities Now Smoke-Free

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) congratulates the Cities of Georgetown, Anguilla and Durant for protecting the health of their citizens with the passage of comprehensive smokefree air ordinances. 

“The smokefree air policies implemented by these cities will protect all employees and customers in businesses and other public places from the harmful effects of breathing secondhand smoke,” said Roy Hart, director of the Office of Tobacco Control at MSDH. “There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

Georgetown, Anguilla and Durant city officials recently adopted these comprehensive smokefree air ordinances that will take effect in the next few months. The ordinances prohibit smoking in all businesses and workplaces.

Smokefree Air Mississippi, an initiative of MSDH, works to limit exposure to secondhand smoke in public places, including workplaces.

With the addition of Georgetown, Anguilla and Durant, 52 Mississippi cities now have comprehensive smokefree air ordinances in place. At the end of 2011, 25 states, including the District of Columbia, had implemented statewide smokefree air ordinances.

“Seventy-eight percent of Mississippi voters support smokefree air policies. More Mississippians than ever realize that creating smokefree environments is the only way to fully protect people against exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Hart. “The passage of these ordinances by the Cities of Georgetown, Anguilla and Durant is an important step in protecting the health of these citizens from the dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke in public places and workplaces.”

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