Along with cigarettes, the spit cups that rest atop many desks in Rankin County government are going the way of the spittoon or the lobby ashtray.
They’re gone – banned Monday – after the county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to prohibit the use of all tobacco in county-owned buildings and vehicles.
The move was made to create a more healthful business environment, but it also was initiated to forge a better public image, especially when it comes to those saliva-drenched dip cups.
“Those are gross,” board President Jay Bishop said. “And I don’t care how you do it. It’s unsightly, and I don’t think their demise will do anything to hurt how we do business out here.”