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Fifty-Eight Mississippi Cities Now Smoke-Free

June 06, 2012

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) congratulates the Cities of Arcola, Booneville, Moss Point, New Augusta and Shuqualak 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.”

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. With the addition of Arcola, Booneville, Moss Point, New Augusta and Shuqualak, 58 Mississippi cities now have comprehensive smokefree air ordinances in place.

“Seventy-eight percent of Mississippi voters support smokefree air policies. Because of the Smokefree Air Mississippi initiative, more Mississippians than ever realize that creating smokefree environments is the only way to fully protect people from exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Hart. “The adoption of these smokefree air ordinances by cities across Mississippi is an important step in improving our state’s overall health status.  There is no downside to implementing comprehensive smokefree air policy. We hope this activity at the local level demonstrates the widespread public desire for a comprehensive statewide policy.”

The Smokefree Air Mississippi initiative, led by MSDH, works to limit exposure to secondhand smoke in public places, including workplaces. The goal of the initiative is to improve the health of all Mississippians by educating and advocating for a smokefree environment in all public places. Show your support for Smokefree Air Mississippi by visiting our website – – and signing our petition, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter under Smokefree Air Mississippi.