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Cary Joins Rising List of Smoke-Free Cities

November 30, 2012

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) congratulates the City of Cary 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 Cary 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. “The adoption of this smokefree air ordinance by Cary is an important step in improving our state’s overall health status.”

City officials recently adopted the comprehensive smokefree air ordinance that will take effect in the upcoming months. The ordinance prohibits smoking in all businesses and workplaces. Cary is the 65th city to adopt a smokefree air ordinance.

“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. “There is no downside to implementing comprehensive smokefree air policies.”

Smokefree Air Mississippi, an initiative of MSDH, educates all Mississippians about the very real dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke in public places, including places of employment.
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