Forest passes comprehensive smoking ordinance

August 21, 2012

Health Care

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting recent passage of a comprehensive “smokefree air ordinance” by the city of Forest.

“The smokefree air policy implemented by this city will protect all employees and customers in businesses and other public places in Forest from the harmful effects of breathing secondhand smoke. Everyone deserves to breathe smokefree air,” said Roy Hart, director of the Office of Tobacco Control in an MSDH release. “The adoption of this smokefree air ordinance by Forest is an important step in improving our state’s overall health status.”

From the release:

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.

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. Mississippi currently has 62 cities with comprehensive smokefree air ordinances in place.

“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, works to limit exposure to secondhand smoke in public places, including places of employment.

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