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Number of Mississippi Smoke-Free Cities Continues to Climb

July 20, 2012

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) congratulates the 61 smoke-free cities across the state that are now protecting the health of their citizens with the passage of comprehensive smokefree air ordinances. 

Sumner, Alligator and Duncan are the most recent cities to adopt comprehensive smokefree air ordinances, all of which will be implemented in the upcoming months. 

“The smokefree air policies adopted 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.”

The American Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) Foundation recently awarded Mississippi second place in the Smokefree Air Challenge at the Mississippi Municipal League annual conference in Biloxi. ANR’s Smokefree Air Challenge recognizes states that are leaders in the adoption of comprehensive 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.