The Mississippi State Department of Health’s (MSDH) Office of Tobacco Control placed first in two main categories presented by the American Nonsmoker’s Right
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“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 secondhand smoke,” said Amy Winter, Director of the Office of Tobacco Control at MSDH. “There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”
In 2019, a total of 14 Mississippi cities passed comprehensive smokefree air ordinances. At this time, 36 percent of Mississippi’s population is protected from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and e-cigarettes.
“The adoption of these smokefree air ordinances by cities across Mississippi is an important step in improving our state’s overall health status,” said Winter. “We hope this activity at the local level demonstrates the widespread public desire for a comprehensive statewide policy.”