The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) acknowledges the Cities of Wiggins and Lucedale 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. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke," said Roy Hart, director of the Office of Tobacco Control at MSDH. "The adoption of these smokefree air ordinances by Wiggins and Lucedale 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.
"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. "Mississippians overwhelmingly support the idea of smokefree environments. 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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