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City of Verona Adopts Smokefree Air Ordinance

April 20, 2012

City of Verona Adopts Smokefree Air Ordinance
Verona Mississippi’s 53rd Smokefree City

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) congratulates the City of Verona for protecting the health of its citizens with the passage of a comprehensive smokefree air ordinance. 

“The smokefree air policy implemented by Verona 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.”

Verona city officials recently adopted this comprehensive smokefree air ordinance that will take effect in the next few months. 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 workplaces.

With the addition of Verona, 53 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 this ordinance by the City of Verona is an important step in protecting the health of its citizens from the dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke in public places and workplaces.”

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