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Health Department Commends Smokefree Cities

July 19, 2010
 
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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) recognizes and applauds the following cities for protecting the health of their citizens with the passage of comprehensive smokefree air ordinances:

Metcalfe Collins
Mayersville Clinton
Starkville Laurel
Tupelo Grenada
Mantachie Hollandale
Oxford Meridian
Hattiesburg Batesville
Hernando Bassfield
Aberdeen Prentiss
Ridgeland Lumberton
Greenwood Madison
Kosciusko Sumrall
Amory Crystal Springs
Corinth Jackson
Flora Rolling Fork
Petal Wesson
Ecru Belzoni
Pontotoc

“The smokefree policies implemented by these cities will protect citizens from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Everyone deserves to breathe smokefree air,” said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

Secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke. Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful.

Exposure to secondhand smoke causes respiratory symptoms and slows lung growth in children. Because children breathe faster, they are twice as likely to be affected by secondhand smoke. They are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, ear problems and more severe asthma.

Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes heart disease and lung cancer. Each year, an estimated 550 Mississippians die from exposure to secondhand smoke.

 


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