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National Smokefree Challenge Award Winners Announced for 2013: Mississippi leads the way in passing the most local smokefree laws

The Mississippi Legislature enacted House Bill 132 in March and on July 1, 2006, all government buildings in Mississippi became smokefree.

Numerous Mississippi communities, including Meridian, Hattiesburg, the SEC cities of Ole Miss (Oxford) and Mississippi State University (Starkville), and even the smaller cities such as Greenville and little Metcalfe, already have strong smokefree workplace protections...with many more on the way.

Mississippi law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Mississippi.

2014 State Legislative Session: 1/7/2014 - 4/6/2014 (Est.)

State Quitline Number: 1-800-244-9100
American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

City celebrates Healthy Hometown award with downtown festivities
Dailyleader - October 13, 2014

From farmers markets to the smoke-free ordinance, community leaders, educators and residents have been working diligently to improve the Home Seekers ...

City of Poplarville dealing with vandalism at the park
Picayune Item - October 9, 2014

While most businesses in the city already have a no smoking policy, Tuesday's approval to adopt a smoking ordinance will officially go into effect in time for the ...

E-cigarette company looks at Jackson for growth
Jackson Clarion Ledger - October 2, 2014

Mississippi's long-held status as the unhealthiest state in the union plus a booming market for electronic cigarettes have led an e-cigarette seller to Jackson as ...

Rochelle Culp has a passion for a healthier Mississippi
Mississippi Business Journal (blog) - September 24, 2014

Rochelle Culp, project director for the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Madison, Yazoo and Holmes counties, has a passion for good health. Following her ...

Sparks fly at city meeting over smoking ban enforcement
Clarksdale Press Register - September 23, 2014

Monday's city board meeting began with a bang as city Commissioner Bo Plunk reminded police Chief Whit Read that the board could fire him.

Aldermen amend budget
Picayune Item - September 17, 2014

The board also considered becoming part of the Smoke Free Mississippi movement. Kim Hart, a representative of Smoke Free Mississippi, presented the board ...

Mississippi Doctors Pushing For Smoking Ban
The Cigar Authority - September 5, 2014

Mississippi doctors are pushing for state legislators to put a statewide smoking ban on the ballot. There are currently 86 cities that have smoke-free ordinance ...

Doctors push for statewide smoking ban
WTVA - September 4, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi doctors want to convince legislators to put a statewide smoking ban on the ballot. Eighty-six Mississippi cities have adopted ...

Rush Health System's Rural Health Clinics top list for tobacco ...
Meridian Star - August 31, 2014

The Purpose of the Tobacco-Free project is to strengthen statewide capacity to conduct clinical tobacco cessation programs and activities. A fundamental ...

E-cigarettes getting included in bans across Mississippi
WLBT NBC3 (Jackson, MS) - August 21, 2014

Shelson says several organizations and even the state health department want to see more cities, like Tupelo, include e-cigarettes in their smoke free ordinances. For many cities, that means amending the policies already in place. "I don't think it's ...

Tupelo City Council passes e-cigarette ban
The Commercial Dispatch - August 21, 2014

TUPELO -- The Tupelo City Council has approved an ordinance that bans the use ... The amendment to Tupelo's existing smoking ordinance will allow people to ...

City is recognized as smoke-free
Scott County Times - August 20, 2014

MORTON - The City of Morton received praise for its efforts in the past year as a smoke free city during the regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen ...

Mississippi doctors want statewide smoking ban
wreg.com - August 18, 2014

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Eighty-four towns and cities across Mississippi have banned smoking in public places, just like Southaven did recently. Now doctors want ...

Southaven smoking ban takes effect next week
wreg.com - July 30, 2014

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — David Stewart takes a long drag on his cigarette at Southaven's Country Skillet restaurant. It's one of his last. Southaven's ban on ...

Tupelo officials delay vote on e-cigarette ban
Mississippi Press (blog) - July 30, 2014

Tupelo officials delay vote on e-cigarette ban ... for months to discuss expanding the city's public smoking ban to include the electronic devices used to deliver ... More than 100 cities throughout the country have banned the tobacco alternative.

AG says e-cigs can be banned in Desoto County
Yall Politics - July 30, 2014

In April, the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors sought a Mississippi Attorney General's Opinion on whether or not the Clean Air Act, which prohibited smoking

City board continues to mull smoking ban in public places
Clarksdale Press Register - July 29, 2014

Two weeks ago, the city's board and mayor voted to allow City Attorney Curtis Boschert to draft a smoking ordinance that would ban smoking in all public ...

Clarksdale should emulate other MS communities, pass smoking ban
Clarksdale Press Register - July 29, 2014

... on city government prospective voting on a city wide smoking ban. ... to consider, I would like to take the opportunity to make a case for banning smoking.

Possible electronic cigarette ban coming to Tupelo
WTVA - July 28, 2014

If you don't know what it is, an e-cig uses water vapor in place of smoke. It can be laced ... The council will discuss banning e-cigs at Tuesday's work session. So far, it hasn't scheduled a vote, but if it passes, it will be banned just like cigarettes.

City: get out of folks' private business
Clarksdale Press Register - July 17, 2014

I do not support a city-wide smoking ban. Especially when it comes to businesses, I think the decision to allow smoking should be left to the business owner.

Protecting public health a gov't role
Clarksdale Press Register - July 17, 2014

... state and federal governments clearly have an interest in promoting the general health and welfare, smoking bans are no more offensive or out-of-line than the ...

Gautier modifies smoking ban
Jackson Clarion -Ledger - July 16, 2014

The Gautier City Council has changed the local smoking ordinance to exclude bars from having to go smoke-free and will allow businesses to have separate ...

Gautier City Council makes major changes to smoke free rule
WLOX - July 15, 2014

Tuesday night, the city of Gautier made a major amendment to its new smoke ... an amendment to the rule, allowing bars to be exempt from the smoking ban.r

City officials vote to relax smoking ban at bars, businesses
Mississippi Business Journal (blog) - July 16, 2014

GAUTIER — The Gautier City Council has changed the local smoking ordinance to exclude bars from having to go smoke free and will allow ...

Pitch made (again) to make Ocean Springs smoke-free
Mississippi Press (blog) - July 15, 2014

The one mandatory requirement: the city must be smoke-free. "That's the ... they didn't believe they could award grants to communities which weren't smoke free.

City leaders poised to approve smoking ban in businesses ($$)
Clarksdale (MS) Press Register - July 15, 2014

After weeks of chatter, the City Board of Mayor and Commissioners voted to allow the city attorney to draft a policy that could ban smoking in almost all public places. The Monday decision does not itself ban smoking. It only allows City Attorney Curtis

Councilman Rusty Anderson proposing changes to Gautier's new ...
Mississippi Press (blog) - July 14, 2014

The ordinance specifies where smoking is prohibited in indoor public places and in ... Pascagoula and Moss Point have adopted smoke-free ordinances as have ...

Local Spirit: Jackson Businesses Struggle, Survive and Thrive
Jackson Free Press - June 25, 2014

Of course, permits and ordinances are regulated, but sometimes the process to get ... The City of Jackson's sign ordinance's purposes are "(promoting) a pleasant .... with new ordinances including the non-smoking code and citywide initiatives ...

Picayune becomes 100 percent smoke free with amended ordinance
Picayune Item - June 18, 2014

Miller said the amended ordinance will qualify the city as 100 percent smoke free with the Mississippi Tobacco Free Program. Private clubs will be excluded from ...

Smoke free work and public places beneficial
Picayune Item - June 18, 2014

To allow smoking inside an enclosed area poses second hand smoke risks to non-smokers. Everyone by now has heard about the negative health effects ...

Two Mississippi cities go smoke-free
WTVA - June 11, 2014

GAUTIER, Miss. (WTVA) -- Two Mississippi cities have recently decided to go smoke-free. The Gautier City Council and Southaven City Council both voted to adopt a smoke-free ordinance. With the addition of Gautier and Southaven, 83 Mississippi cities have adopted similar ordinances so far

Gautier's adopts new smoke-free ordinance with exemptions
Greenfield Daily Reporter - June 5, 2014

GAUTIER, Mississippi — The city of Gautier has a new smoke-free ordinance — with several exemptions. The Mississippi Press reports (http://bit.ly/1oVLIyH ) the ...

Gautier using Facebook poll to determine support for proposed ...
Mississippi Press (blog) - May 19, 2014

GAUTIER, Mississippi -- The City of Gautier is using Facebook as a cost-effective way of gauging support for its proposed smoking ban. The poll has been running for about a month, Mayor Gordon Gollott said Monday, with the votes thus far showing 51 percent in favor of the ban, 46 percent against and 3 percent undecided.

Columbia and Marion County to consider smoke free policy
WDAM-TV - May 12, 2014

Representives offered officials the opportunity to apply for $5,000 grants toward second hand smoke education. The grant doesn't require that the city or county pass a no smoking ordinance, but will allow the Tobacco Free Coalition to survey the area and interview citizens on what they think about a smoke free air policy.

Southaven approves smoking ban
Jackson Clarion Ledger - May 7, 2014

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. The Southaven Board of Aldermen has voted to ban smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places. The Commercial Appeal reports the city became the fourth in DeSoto County to pass an ordinance protecting the public from secondhand smoke indoors. The board voted 6-1 Tuesday to outlaw smoking of tobacco products and e-cigarettes in public areas, such as restaurants, shops and offices

Southaven approves smoking ban ($$)
Memphis Commercial Appeal - May 7, 2014

Southaven, the third largest city in Mississippi, will discuss smoking ban in the city. Officials to vote on ordinance banning smoking in public places from restaurants to offices.

Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition for Jackson County asks moms to quit smoking
Mississippi Press (blog) - May 6, 2014

Mother's Day is a great time for moms to remember the important role they play in influencing the choices their kids make regarding tobacco use. Unfortunately ...

Florida man hits jackpot at Palace Casino in Biloxi
SunHerald.com - May 6, 2014

for a Florida man, who hit a progressive jackpot worth $911,230.73 at the Palace Casino at 1:38 p.m. Tuesday. He told the staff he comes to the Palace at least once a year because it is a non-smoking casino. She said he's been coming to the Biloxi casino for at least three ...

Dale's Restaurant to reopen
DeSoto Times Today - April 21, 2014

SOUTHAVEN - A landmark restaurant known as one of the best home-cooking restaurants in the Mid-South will be back in business Monday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. "While we were down, we did a lot of work and remodeling that would have been difficult to accomplish while we were open for business," Campbell said. "New carpet, new decorations, wallpaper. We freshly painted everything. We did have a smoking room and we put new carpet and furniture in there. We're going to go nonsmoking because they're going to be changing the law anyway in Southaven. We took the opportunity to get that all cleaned up." The change to a nonsmoking restaurant was made on the expectation the Southaven Board of Aldermen will pass a smoking ban in restaurants and public places, an ordinance first presented more than two weeks ago and is now being drafted in a committee. Aldermen are expected to vote on the measure next month.

Anti-smoking advocates move focus to civic clubs
Vicksburg Post - April 17, 2014

Civic organizations are the next places anti-smoking advocates will keep their push alive for an indoor smoking ban in Vicksburg, a key spokeswoman for the ...

Smoking proponents sound off
DeSoto Times Today - April 16, 2014

SOUTHAVEN - Aldermen heard from the other side of the smoking ban issue ... The Board of Aldermen is considering a ban on smoking in local restaurants and ...

Gautier residents give mixed reviews about proposed smoking ban
WLOX - April 16, 2014

A potential smoking ban in Gautier is getting mixed reviews from residents and business owners. The city received a $5,000 grant to study whether to make the ...

Businesses Seek Alternate Strategies Under Proposed Smoking Ban
wreg.com - April 16, 2014

(Southaven, MS) Donna Wadford runs the only cigar bar in Mississippi, and she chose Southaven for a reason. ”Southaven is a strong supporter of businesses ...

Concerns voiced over Southaven smoking ban
WAPT Jackson - April 16, 2014

Southaven's proposed smoking ban is still being drafted, but that didn't stop people from voicing their opinions about it during a Board of Aldermen meeting.

Gautier hears from residents on smoke-free ordinance
SunHerald.com - April 15, 2014

GAUTIER -- The City Council heard from residents Tuesday regarding the potential adoption of a smoke-free ordinance. The city received a $5,000 grant to study the feasibility of a smoke-free ordinance. Kellie Lamb of the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition in Jackson County ...

Should Gautier adopt smoke-free ordinance? City leaders get public ...
Mississippi Press (blog) - April 15, 2014

GAUTIER, Mississippi -- Gautier city leaders conducted a public workshop Tuesday night to gather input on a comprehensive community smoke-free ordinance that, if adopted, would prohibit smoking in all workplaces and public places.

McDaniel explains his criticism of Libertarian Party
SunHerald.com - April 14, 2014

(4) I was one of the reasons the public smoking ban failed in the Judiciary A committee, and again later in the Judiciary B committee. I led the charge against its ...

DeSoto County asking attorney general if electronic cigarettes can ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - April 13, 2014

HERNANDO, Mississippi DeSoto County is seeking an opinion from the state attorney general's office on whether electronic cigarettes can be added to an ...

DeSoto County considers e-cigarette ban
WMC-TV - April 10, 2014

A sign outside DeSoto County's administration office says it is smoke free. Leaders already banned employees from smoking e-cigarettes inside county ...

AG Opinion sought on e-cigarettes
DeSoto Times Today - April 8, 2014

HERNANDO DeSoto County will seek a Mississippi Attorney General's Opinion on whether or not the Clean Air Act which prohibited smoking from government buildings can apply to e-cigarettes. Tony Nowak, board attorney for the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, said several years ago when the State of Mississippi passed the Clean Air Act it defined smoking as "an ignited tobacco product."

City considering smoking ban
WDAM-TV - April 3, 2014

... a public meeting on April 15 to take comments on a proposed smoking ban ... of Health says about 70 towns and cities in Mississippi have smoking bans.

Smoke-free ordinance advances
DeSoto Times Today - April 3, 2014

SOUTHAVEN - A proposal for DeSoto County's largest city to go smoke free in public places will go forward after a strong statement of support from Southaven ...

Southaven Mayor To Push For "Smoke Free" Ordinance
wreg.com - April 2, 2014

(Southaven, MS) Southaven's mayor says he will push for a “smoke free” ordinance to be enacted in restaurants and indoor workplaces. In a statement, Mayor ..

Around South Mississippi
SunHerald.com - April 2, 2014

GAUTIER -- The city has received a $5,000 grant to conduct a study on whether to make it smoke-free. Mayor Gordon Gollott said the city will hold a public ...

City of Gautier requests public meeting regarding potential adoption of Ordinance prohibiting work, public place smoking
Mississippi Press (blog) - April 2, 2014

The Gautier City Council will conduct a public meeting on Tuesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. to allow comments from the public regarding the potential adoption of an ordinance that prohibits smoking in all workplaces and public places within the city.

Southaven considers going smoke-free
San Francisco Chronicle - April 2, 2014

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) Southaven is one of two cities in DeSoto County that has not adopted any type of smoking ban for restaurants and other public places in the city. The local chapter of the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition is out to change this. On Tuesday, The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1lBzYQc ) members of the group attended the city's Board of Aldermen meeting, where they asked officials to adopt a citywide smoke-free ordinance.

Southaven will consider going smoke-free ($$)
Memphis Commercial Appeal - April 1, 2014

The local chapter of the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition is out to change this. On Tuesday, members of the group attended the city's Mayor and Board of ...

Smoking hot topic
DeSoto Times Today - April 1, 2014

SOUTHAVEN - "To light up or not to light up" will be the question posed to members of the Southaven Board of Aldermen at their meeting tonight. Business owner Jill Morris, who is also on the Advisory Council of the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition, will make a plea for a smoke free ordinance to be passed by the Board.

Smoking hot topic
DeSoto Times Today - April 1, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes, have gained popularity in recent years as an alternative to tobacco smoking or as a first step to quitting altogether.

Caesars Entertainment to Close Harrah's Tunica
Wall Street Journal - March 26, 2014

... the buyer companies or casinos that the Company sells; -- changes in laws, including increased tax rates, smoking bans, regulations or accounting standards, ...

Louisville latest city to adopt smoking ordinance
WTVA - March 20, 2014

(WTVA) -- The city of Louisville is the latest in the state to go smoke free. Aldermen have given their approval to an ordinance that bans smoking in public ...

DeSoto County bans use of e-cigarettes
Jackson Clarion Ledger - March 20, 2014

DeSoto County has added electronic cigarettes to a local smoking ban in ... In 1997, DeSoto County banned smoking in all public areas of county-owned ...

No smoking push worth time for youth
Natchez Democrat - March 20, 2014

Those startling numbers supplied by the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition are part of an interactive push, titled “Secret Smoker,” initiated this week by the ...

E-cigarette issue under evaluation
DeSoto Times Today - March 18, 2014

Whether or not to allow electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes inside DeSoto County government offices could be dependent upon a ruling by the Federal Food and Drug Administration as to whether e-cigarettes pose a risk or health danger to the public.

DeSoto Supervisors Outlaw E-Cigarettes in County Buildings
wreg.com - March 17, 2014

According to Young, they're looking for the latest in electronic cigarettes, They're just booming everywhere We average anywhere between 50 to 100 or so ...

E-cigarettes a growing trend in South Mississippi
SunHerald.com - March 15, 2014

Electronic cigarette shops are popping up along the Coast, and business owners say sales ... Evans uses the menthol tobacco flavor with 2.4 percent nicotine.

RISH: All Mississippi pharmacies should stop selling tobacco products
Hattiesburg (MS) American - February 13, 2014

As a practicing pulmonologist, I see the devastation cigarette smoke wreaks on the body, and encourage other mega-pharmacy networks such as Walgreens and Walmart to assume the same social responsibility as CVS has demonstrated this week.

Smoke-free policies still up in the air
Tunica Times - February 7, 2014

The Town of Tunica is in the second month of an effort to become a smoke free workplace. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen opted to enact the policy in late ...

Some MS residents could face fines for smoking
WLOX - January 27, 2014

(WMC-TV) - A public smoking ban could cost consumers $50 in some parts of Alcorn County, Miss. Cigarette smokers will see more restrictions in the town of Farmington. Mayor Dale Fortenberry said smokers will not be able to have a cigarette on city or public property. Also, it will be banned within 15 feet of public entrances to businesses

Kids rally for a smoke-free Waffle House
WLOX - January 26, 2014

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Some young local activists lined up in front of Waffle House in Biloxi Sunday afternoon to urge the company to implement a nationwide policy to ban smoking in the facility. Cleaner Air for Kids is trying to promote awareness about the dangers of second hand smoke.

Farmington adopts public smoking ban
WTVA - January 24, 2014

FARMINGTON, Miss. (AP) The town of Farmington in north Mississippi is going smoke free. The Daily Corinthian reports (http://bit.ly/1mLcMOl ) that local aldermen approved the new ordinance this week

Farmington mayor says all businesses within the city will be smoke ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - January 23, 2014

Farmington is one of more than 65 cities in the state to go smoke free. Corinth voted to go smoke free in November 2007, while Rienzi city officials voted to ban ...

COFER: Mississippi should consider smoke-free workplaces statewide
Hattiesburg American - January 11, 2014

During the past five decades, the state of Mississippi has made significant strides in tobacco control and prevention that have improved health outcomes for the state. More than 70 communities in Mississippi have passed comprehensive smoke-free ordinances...

Bruce mayor says town fathers want smokers to be considerate of those who don't
Daily Journal - December 8, 2013

Bruce Mayor Rudy Pope says he and the board of aldermen moved to outlaw most smoking in town so smokers will be considerate of those who don't. The smoking ordinance takes effect in January. The ordinance bans smoking in just about every public building and in parks, which includes the town square. Most businesses are included as well.

City rejects smoking ban in 3-2 vote
Philadelphia Neshoba Democrat - November 27, 2013

A proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in commercial buildings inside the city ... The ordinance would have banned smoking inside buildings and within ...

Smoke-free ordinance discussions continue
Mageecourier-countynews - November 13, 2013

The ordinance would prohibit smoking in most businesses. ... not be “deal breakers” but that it was a bit different from the ordinances other areas had adopted.

West Point won't enact smoking ban
Jackson Clarion Ledger - November 13, 2013

Robinson brought up the idea of drafting a proposed smoke-free law for all ... Department of Health, 67 towns and cities have smoking bans.

West Point may consider smoke-free ordinance
WTVA - November 4, 2013

West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson says he will discuss a smoke-free ordinance with the board of selectmen on Thursday during a work session. Robinson tells the Commercial Dispatch their response will dictate whether the subject ever comes up again.

PRCC banning tobacco on campus
Hattiesburg American - November 1, 2013

Times about up for smokers on the Pearl River Community College campuses. Very soon students, faculty and staff wont be able to light up at the various ash receptacles around the Poplarville and Forrest County campuses. In fact, they wont even be able to sneak away to their cars for a smoke or chaw, thanks to a new school-wide tobacco-free policy that goes into effect Jan. 1.

Louisville Medical Associates honored
Winston County Journal - October 18, 2013

The “Tobacco-Free Mississippi: Engaging Rural Health Clinics” project is funded by a grant from the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Tobacco ...

Morton seeks to ban smoking in public ($$)
Scott County Times - October 9, 2013

MORTON The Morton Board of Aldermen took on the issue of smoking in public places during last weeks first regular meeting of October. Prior to the meeting, a public hearing was held at 5:45 p.m. pertaining to the citys proposal to adopt a smoking ordinance eliminating smoking in all work places and public places.

Leland proposal to ban smoking has fans and foes
Delta Democrat Times (subscription) - September 26, 2013

LELAND — Leland aldermen on Tuesday heard in equal measure vocal support and opposition to the city's proposal to ban smoking in all buildings open to the ...

Leland considers making the city smoke-free
Westport-News - September 5, 2013

LELAND, Miss. (AP) The city of Leland will hold a Sept. 24 public hearing on a proposal to ban smoking in public areas. The ordinance would prohibit smoking in all commercial and public buildings, including restaurants and bars.

Leave smokers be if they're on the outside ($$)
Delta Democrat Times (subscription) - August 19, 2013

I was a fairly late convert to indoor smoking bans. I argued for some time that smoking was a choice, as was whether nonsmokers hung around smokers and whether businesses accommodated them. I said that the free market should be left to sort out the issue. If businesses, for instance, discovered that nonsmokers stopped patronizing them or that it became harder to find employees willing to work in a smoky environment, they would adopt non-smoking policies voluntarily, rather than have them imposed by local or state governments.

Alderman Impey fields questions, takes stand against citywide ...
SunHerald.com - July 30, 2013

OCEAN SPRINGS -- New Ward 6 Alderman Mike Impey, who represents the east part of the city, held his first ward meeting Monday night at the Civic Center with a small group of residents. Among other things, he told the group that he would not support a smoking ban for restaurants and businesses in the city. "In uncertain economic times, we need to be doing whatever we can to encourage businesses here and not placing more constraints on them," he said.

City asked to remove bingo halls for smoking ban
Seattle Post Intelligencer - July 25, 2013

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) A Veterans of Foreign Wars post has asked the Pascagoula City Council to remove bingo halls from the list of places where smoking in banned.

Pascagoula VFW post asks for bingo exception on city's smoking ban
Mississippi Press - July 23, 2013

Smoking is also banned with 20 feet of entrances to those facilities, but it is not generally banned on sidewalks. Current exceptions to the ban include private ...

Pascagoula recognized for going smoke-free
Mississippi Press - July 20, 2013

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- The City of Pascagoula was recognized by the Smokefree Mississippi Coalition on Tuesday night at the Mississippi Municipal League Conference. Councilman Freddy Jackson received the award Tuesday at the Smokefree Mississippi Awards Ceremony on behalf of the city of Pascagoula.

Pascagoula honored for implementing smoking ban
SunHerald.com - July 19, 2013

Councilman Freddy Jackson received the award at the Smokefree Mississippi Awards Ceremony on behalf of the city. "All the credit for this accomplishment ...

City considers smoke-free ordinance
Opiah county courier - July 17, 2013

The Hazlehurst Board of Alderman considers adopting ordinance declaring the city a 100 percent smoke free zone, during the first meeting of the new term held ...

OTHER OPINION: Pasacagoula broadens smoke-free edict
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - June 26, 2013

The ban does not, however, include outside venues such as sidewalks, patios ... including Moss Point – have comprehensive smoking bans in indoor places ...

Editorial: Pascagoula widens smoke-free environment
Biloxi (MS) Sun Herald - Jun 25, 2013

...a comprehensive smoking ban that applies to all restaurants, bars, stores, motel/hotel lobbies, common areas of buildings and indoor workplaces. The ban does not, however, include outside venues such as sidewalks, patios and courtyards. ...

WLOX Editorial: Smoking is clearly a killer
WLOX-TV (Biloxi, MS) - June 24, 2013

if the smoking ban doesn't stop smokers, at least it will help the 4 out of 5 people who don't smoke. They won't be subjected to the second hand smoke.

Smokers will no longer be able to light up in Pascagoula public ...
Daily Journal - June 19, 2013

The city council approved a comprehensive smoking ban Tuesday that applies to all ... "I think smoking bans are an infringement on personal choice. ... Smoking is also banned with 20 feet of entrances to those facilities, but it is not generally ...

Pascagoula council OKs smoke-free ordinance
SunHerald.com - June 19, 2013

The comprehensive smoking ban approved by a vote of 4-2 applies to all ... It does apply to the entrances and exits of businesses where smoking is banned, but City ... Seventy Mississippi communities have comprehensive smoking bans in ...

Pascagoula moves to ban smoking in most public places
Mississippi Press (blog) - June 19, 2013

Smoking is also banned with 20 feet of entrances to those facilities, but it is not generally banned on sidewalks. Exceptions to the ban include private residences ...

Pascagoula smoke-free ordinance could get council vote Tuesday
Biloxi (MS) Sun Herald - June 18, 2013

Smoking could be banned in all public buildings in Pascagoula -- including bars and restaurants -- with a non-smoking ordinance facing a vote today by the City Council. The comprehensive ban that's on the agenda would apply to all restaurants, bars, stor

`Vaping' turning Jackson County smokers into non-smokers
Mississippi Press (blog) - June 17, 2013

The staff of Smoke Screen in Gautier, all reformed smokers, is comprised of (left to right) Justin Williams, Nikki Fletcher, owner Kevin Wilson, manager Lacey ...

Plantersville enacts comprehensive smoking ban
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - June 15, 2013

PLANTERSVILLE – Plantersville will soon be a smoke-free town, joining the ranks of at least 64 other municipalities statewide including its neighbors, Tupelo ...

Town Of Plantersville Passes Smoking Ban
WJTV - June 14, 2013

Town leaders in Plantersville have voted to prohibit smoking at local ... A new ordinance takes effect July 6 that will ban smoking in the town just east of Tupelo.

Plantersville smoking ban takes effect July 6 at restaurants ...
The Republic - June 14, 2013

A new ordinance takes effect July 6 that will ban smoking in the town just east of Tupelo. Like many other ordinances, smoking will not be allowed close to the ...

Baldwyn to ban smoking
WTVA - June 6, 2013

BALDWYN, Miss. (WTVA) -- It's closing time at Baldwyn's City Cafe. Floors are being swept. Dishes are being sorted. It won't be long before ashtrays will be removed from the tables permanently. They've tried it before. "Before when we tried it we lost customers. We gained some also. There's a lot of people who do not smoke. We'll gain those, but we may lose some others," City Cafe employee Trista Potts said. The Board of Aldermen all back the ordinance which will not allow smoking in a commercial business. Smoking will not be permitted within 25 feet of a business.

Baldwyn officials pass smokefree ordinance
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - June 5, 2013

The Baldwyn city board voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt an ordinance to make Baldwyn a smokefree city.

City snuffs smoking ban expansion ($$)
McComb Enterprise Journal - May 16, 2013

McComb selectmen voted 5-0 Tuesday to strike down an ordinance that would ban smoking in all public workplaces in the city. The Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition proposed the ordinance after the organization conducted an air quality study in several McComb bars and restaurants. Coalition officials said non-smoking restaurants and bars had acceptable air quality, but those that allowed smoking had harmful air quality, according to federal environmental standards.

Ban on smoking would hurt casinos, gaming exec says ($$)
Vicksburg Post - May 10, 2013

Any ban on indoor smoking that includes casinos usually hurts the casino industry and its a discussion worth continuing in Vicksburg during the second half of election season, say a local casino executive and candidates wholl be on the general election ballot June 4. Obviously, its a hot topic as we get near the elections in the smoking ban, Ameristar general manager George Stadler told the Vicksburg Lions Club Wednesday. Im a nonsmoker, but smoking bans have affected casino business around the country.

McComb residents speak out on broader smoking ban proposal
Madison County Herald - April 26, 2013

The McComb Board of Selectmen has heard from local residents on a proposal to broaden the city's no smoking ordinance. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the board took no action after this week's hearing. Cindy Estes with the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition told the board that the present local ordinance should ban smoking in all public indoor workplaces. Estes said there are six businesses in McComb that are not smoke-free. A city ordinance already in place bans smoking in most public places and businesses that serve food. However, smoking is permitted in restaurants that have a bar with a separate ventilation system. Dan Jones, owner of the Ice House one of the businesses cited by Estes said his business would be hurt if an amended ordinance passes. Jones said a majority of his customers smoke.

Proposed broader smoking ban draws comments
Ventura County Star - April 26, 2013

The McComb Board of Selectmen has taken no action on a proposal to broaden the city's no smoking ordinance.

Small turnout for smoking-ban hearing in Pascagoula
SunHerald.com - April 18, 2013

PASCAGOULA -- Three people showed up to the hearing on smoking ordinances at the senior center Thursday night.

Pascagoula smoking ban proposal gets opposition
SunHerald.com - April 16, 2013

The council is seeking input on whether to pass a city-wide smoke-free ordinance. A comprehensive ban would apply to all restaurants, bars and other indoor ...

Pascagoula business owners chime in on smoke-free ordinance ...
Mississippi Press (blog) - April 16, 2013

The city is accepting public comment on a proposed citywide smoking ban of ... Business owners told the city council Tuesday that they're worried a ban could ...

Pascagoula council eyes no-smoking ordinance
Jackson Clarion Ledger - April 13, 2013

Two public hearings have been scheduled this month to gather information and opinions on such an ordinance, which could affect workplaces, restaurants and ...

Pascagoula plans public input meetings on proposed smoking ban
The Republic - April 4, 2013

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi ­ The city of Pascagoula will hold two public hearing to see if local residents want to ban smoking in public places. The Mississippi ...

Gimme a light there, woudja, bub?
DeSoto Times Today - April 3, 2013

There are 56 localities in Mississippi that have smoking bans that include all bars and restaurants. Smoking is prohibited in any state or local government building except designated areas in state veterans’ homes or inside university or college classroom buildings. There are 11 localities in Mississippi with smoking bans that do not include all bars and restaurants. There is only one locality in Mississippi that rejected a smoking ban in some manner (Lucedale). I wonder if tales from my nefarious youth had any influence in all these cities cracking down on smoking? …

Pascagoula plans public input meetings on proposed smoking ban
Mississippi Press - April 3, 2013

Pascagoula will hold 2 public hearings this month to gather input as city leaders consider a smoking ban. The hearings will be held April 16 at the beginning of the regularly scheduled City Council meeting and April 18 at 6 p.m. at the Pascagoula Senior

City to be asked again to ban public smoking
10TV - March 19, 2013

… Smoke-free Mississippi advocate Tasha Taylor said she will meet with the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen March 25. … All four of the city's casinos allow smoking, though some offer smoke-free ... against a smoke-free ordinance in St. Louis County, Mo., which would exempt casino ...

City to be asked again to ban public puffing ($$)
Vicksburg Post - March 16, 2013

Public health advocates are preparing to ask the city to snuff out smoking in public places, including restaurants, bars and casinos. Smoke-free Mississippi ...

OUR OPINION: Legislature holds power for itself
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - March 11, 2013

… Of course, it’s fair to ask whether lawmakers – who steadfastly refuse to adopt a statewide ban on smoking in public places – regard ordinances in 68 Mississippi municipalities that do so as objectionable. Even if they do, the horse is out of the barn on that one. …

Saltillo residents discuss smoking ban
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - March 6, 2013

Many residents attended a Tuesday public hearing and voiced opinions for and against a citywide smoking ban. “We prefer (smoking restaurants) because after our meal we can relax, have a cigarette and socialize with those at our table,” said Richard Niel

Bars let patrons drink in smoke-free atmosphere
Hattiesburg American - March 6, 2013

NATCHEZ — The air in a few Natchez watering holes is getting a bit fresher as several bars and restaurants are going smoke-free. Bowie's Tavern is the latest to ...

Pitch made again to get Ocean Springs to pass a smoke-free ...
Mississippi Press (blog)-March 5, 2013

OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- For the fourth time in the last several years, representatives of Smoke Free Mississippi pitched the idea of a smoke-free ...

Bars let patrons drink in smoke-free atmosphere
Natchez Democrat - March 4, 2013

…Smoking is allowed in stand-alone bars and casinos. The Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi is smoke-free. Magnolia Bluffs Casino President Kevin Preston said a ...

Editorial: Legislature rejects state smoking ban
McComb Enterprise Journal-February 27, 2013

Editorial: Legislature rejects state smoking ban ... Numerous Mississippi cities, including McComb, have instituted smoking bans with broad public approval.

Public meeting set on Saltillo smoking ban
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - February 25, 2013

The city of Saltillo will hold a public meeting on March 5 on a proposal to ban smoking in public places. …

Smoking ban a possibility in one city
WTVA - February 20, 2013

SALTILLO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Over 60 cities and towns in Mississippi have moved to ban smoking in public places. Saltillo could be the next city on that list. …

Why can't state pass a law banning smoking in public places?
Jackson Clarion Ledger - February 11, 2013

At least seven bills were introduced in the Mississippi Legislature last month to restrict smoking in public areas. The bills had the support of the Mississippi ...

Electronic cigarettes now part of ban debate
Marco Island Sun Times – February 10, 2013

They look like cigarettes and act like cigarettes. But does that mean electronic cigarettes should be treated like their tobacco-laden counterparts? … Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, an organization seeking to implement smoke-free air across the country, has called for e-cigarettes to be included in all smoking bans. “E-cigarette companies are trying to say they are safer, they’re better,” said Cynthia Hallett, the group’s executive director. “We don’t have any evidence to support this.” Hallett said she wanted to know why the companies made their products with different flavors, including bubblegum. “Who are they marketing their products to when they have these little candy flavors?” … “It’s an enforcement nightmare,” Hallett said. “They’re designed to look like the real thing. “Enforcement is easier when they’re all banned.” …

Saltillo plans public forum on smoking ban
WHLT22-February 6, 2013

SALTILLO, Miss. (AP) Saltillo residents who have an opinion about the possibility of a smoking ban in the city's public buildings have an opportunity to be heard ...

Statewide smoking ban likely to die again
Jackson Clarion Ledger - February 1, 2013

Proposed legislation that would ban smoking in all businesses and public places could die if a legislative committee doesn’t bring the issue up for a vote by Tuesday. …

Beau Rivage guest rooms go smoke-free and green
SunHerald.com - January 28, 2013

BILOXI -- It didn't take legislation, just customer feedback for the management of Beau Rivage Resort & Casino to decide to end smoking in its hotel rooms. For guests who stay in one of the 95 suites, smoking is still optional. Smoking is prohibited in the rest of the 1,740 hotel rooms, said Mary Cracchiolo-Spain, spokeswoman for the resort. … Smoking is allowed on most of the casino floor but is not allowed in the area next to the poker room in the southeast corner of the casino floor. …

OUR OPINION: Statewide smoking ordinance logical
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - Jan 23, 2013

Health officials think it’s the most important single policy action we can take for our collective health. Why not get it done?

Ole Miss starts writing fines for smoking ban
Themississippilink - January 22, 2013

After several years of limiting smoking to designated outdoor areas, Ole Miss officials last August banned all smoking on university property. The smoke-free policy ... Smokers haven't given up hope overturning the ban. Kathleen Henry, an ...

Health officials: Pass smoke-free law
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - January 18, 2013

JACKSON – State health leaders said Thursday the Legislature could take significant action this session at no cost to taxpayers to overcome the fact that Mississippi, according to many indicators, is the most unhealthy state in the nation. That significant action is passing a statewide law prohibiting smoking in public places, such as restaurants, said state Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier and Dr. Steve Demetropoulos, president of the Mississippi Medical Association. …

Renewed Smoking Ban Afoot
Jackson Free Press-Jan 18, 2013

Briggs Hobson, R-Vicksburg, has introduced the Mississippi Uniform Smoke-Free Public Place Act of 2013, which bans smoking in most public places. The ban ...

"Smokefree" Mississippi Senate presentation
WJTV - January 17, 2013

... Thursday to legislators to make the Magnolia State a public smoke free state. ... and Health Committee in order to ban smoking in restaurants, bars, casinos, ...

Ole Miss not alone in smoking ban
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - January 17, 2013

The University of Mississippi’s smoking ban went into effect in August, but only this month have officials started enforcing it with $25 fines. As the Ole Miss policy moves from the warning to the stepped-up enforcement phase, the university joins three other Southeastern Conference schools that have adopted campus-wide smoking bans. They are Arkansas, Florida and Kentucky. …

No Smoking!
WJTV - January 8, 2013

The Meridian Housing Authority will implement a nonsmoking policy in all the agency's facilities and residential dwellings on April 1. MHA Executive Director ...

ROGERS: Tobacco up in smoke now
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger - January 8, 2013

I am a partly-reformed smoker. Three or four weekends a year, when on what I designate as "guy trips" with other smokers, I indulge. As it further happens, I am an Ole Miss alum. And a few years ago, one of those guy trips was to Oxford with ...

Ole Miss starts writing fines for smoking ban
WAPT Jackson - January 7, 2013

After several years of limiting smoking to designated outdoor areas, Ole Miss officials last August banned all smoking on university property. The smoke-free policy ... Smokers haven't given up hope of overturning the ban. Kathleen Henry, an ...

Editorial: Everyone should get behind the lobby to make our state smoke free
WLOX - December 10, 2012

Now, everyone should get behind this lobby to make our state smoke free. It will make our entire state a healthier state. You can't escape the Centers for Disease ...

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College going smoke-free, litter-free
SunHerald.com - December 7, 2012

GULFPORT -- Beginning in January, students and employees at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College won't be able to smoke or use tobacco products on any campus. …

MSU hosts smoke-free forums
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - November 28, 2012

STARKVILLE ­ Mississippi State University will host public forums on Wednesday and Thursday on a proposal to make the Starkville campus smoke-free. …

City considers adopting a smokefree ordinance
Magee (MS) Courier / Simpson County News - November 22, 2012

Tawni Basden and Christine Thompson from Smokefree Mississippi gave a presentation to the City Council to prompt aldermen to consider making the city of Magee smokefree. As of now 66 cities in Mississippi have gone smokefree. …

Hattiesburg lauded for smoke-free ordinances
Hattiesburg (MS) American - Nov 11, 2012

The Hattiesburg community's willingness and ability to blaze trails was recently lauded by the Mississippi State Medical Association pertaining to its smoke-free ban. "I applaud the Hattiesburg leadership for being one of the first in the state to take

MSU Staff Council considers changes to tobacco policy
The Reflector online - October 30, 2012

The policy would make MSU 100 percent tobacco-free beginning fall 2014. Kibler said the proposed revision would provide a small increase in restriction, but ...

Raising tobacco tax paying off
Jackson Clarion Ledger - October 29, 2012

Thank you for your lead story in the Oct. 22 paper (“Cigarette sales fall as consumption hits record low; tax credited,”) about the positive impact of raising the state’s tobacco tax. Not only have state tobacco tax revenues increased by almost $100 million, but Mississippians’ tobacco use has fallen to the lowest level ever. … Medical science has linked smoking in the home ­ not only smoking by family members, but the residual fumes or third-hand smoke that hides in clothes, ...

Tobacco-Free Coalition praises smokefree cities
Hattiesburg American - October 22, 2012

The Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Forrest, Jones and Perry Counties congratulates the cities of Hattiesburg, Petal, Laurel and New Augusta for protecting the health of citizens from exposure to secondhand smoke through comprehensive smokefree air ordinances. …

Billings favors tobacco rule repeal
Bolivar Commercial - October 18, 2012

When the Mississippi Department of Corrections announced last December that it would go tobacco free at all buildings, grounds and prisons operated by the agency; they did so knowing that the process would be daunting. The movement, which was not initiated by the state legislature, came about as a cooperative effort between the Mississippi State Department of Health and the MDOC. … On Monday, Bolivar County Supervisor Preston Billings questioned the program. …

McMillen, R.; Shackelford, S., "Tax revenue in Mississippi communities rollowing implementation of smoke-free ordinances: an examination of tourism and economic development tax revenues," Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association 53(10): 319-321, October 2012.

This study concluded that, "No evidence was found that smoke-free ordinances have an adverse effect on the local restaurant industry. Results from the descriptive analysis indicated that many communities experienced an increase in revenue following implementation of a smoke-free ordinance, and the average change in revenue was a 10 percent increase."

Demetropoulos, S.L., "Why smoke-free?," Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association 53(10): 334-335, October 2012.

Cities honored for smokefree policies
Hattiesburg American - October 5, 2012

The Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Lamar and Marion Counties is honoring Hattiesburg, Sumrall and Lumberton for protecting the health of citizens from exposure to secondhand smoke through comprehensive smokefree air ordinances. …

Corinth considers hookah lounge request
The Commercial Dispatch - October 4, 2012

The issue before Corinth officials is whether the activity violates the city's public smoking ban, according to the Daily Corinthian. A hookah is an instrument ...

Casino tax payments back, smoking banned in Coahoma Co. ($$)
Clarksdale Press Register - October 2, 2012

It was a good day for small towns and a bad day for smokers Monday as the county voted to ban smoking in unincorporated areas and resume casino payouts to the county’s towns, except for Clarksdale and, for now, Friars Point. …

Smoke and the City
Jackson Free Press - September 19, 2012

Mississippi is one of only 10 states that hasn't adopted a statewide ban, but several cities have passed ordinances against smoking in public places, including Jackson. The capital city's first smoking ban, in 2003, only included government buildings. A citywide ban, passed in 2008, created confusion among some restaurant owners who also served alcohol. That version of the ban allowed smoking in "standalone bars." Mississippi law limits standalone bars to serving only light beer and light wine. Establishments that serve hard liquor and other higher alcohol-content libations must make 25 percent or more from food sales, unless they are in a qualified resort area. …

Pascagoula council debates smoke-free ordinance
Sacramento Bee (MS) - September 19, 2012

So far, 62 cities in Mississippi have passed this ordinance, which bans smoking in all indoor public places. ... Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. ... However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who ...

Pascagoula City Council asked to pass comprehensive smoke-free ...
The Republic (MS) - September 19, 2012

So far, 62 cities in Mississippi have passed this ordinance, which bans smoking in all indoor public places. Mississippi Tobacco Free representative Kellie Lamb, ...

Smoking ordinance debate prompts lively discussion among ...
Mississippi Press (blog) - September 19, 2012

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi - A request from an anti-smoking organization asking the city to pursue grant money to gauge interest in a citywide smoking ban ...

MSU tobacco policy under review
The Reflector online - September 13, 2012

Bill Kibler, vice president of Student Affairs, said health standards are considered important at Mississippi State University. Kibler is currently working with members of the MSU Tobacco Task Force to research and discuss options for moving toward a smoke-free campus. …

Houston bans smoking in city-owned vehicles
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - September 7, 2012

City workers can smoke, just not in city vehicles. The city of Houston soon will implement a ban on smoking in city vehicles after aldermen voted earlier this month to begin a formal process to notify city employees. …

City bans smoking in public areas
Scott County Times (Forest, MS) - August 22, 2012

City bans smoking in public areas ... on its plans earlier this month to prohibit smoking in many places around the city following several weeks of consideration of ...

Forest aldermen adopt ordinance banning smoking in businesses ...
The Republic (MS) - August 21, 2012

Forest aldermen adopt ordinance banning smoking in businesses, workplaces ... The ordinance prohibits smoking in all businesses and workplaces.

Moss Point Passes Smoking Ban
WCBI - August 21, 2012

(AP) - Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalitions of Jackson County is recognizing Moss ... is the only Coast city to have passed the comprehensive tobacco-free law.

Moss Point goes completely smoke free
Sacramento Bee - August 21, 2012

MOSS POINT, Miss. -- Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalitions of Jackson County is recognizing Moss Point for passing a comprehensive smoke-free air ordinance. …

Ole Miss: Smoke-free campuses are common
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal – July 28, 2012

University of Mississippi officials say administrators did not pressure Staff Council members to vote in favor of a smoking ban last year. … More than 700 college campuses have gone smoke-free nationwide, Banahan said. The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation list of smoke-free colleges includes five SEC members – Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky and Missouri – along with Mississippi schools Delta State University, Itawamba Community College and Northeast Mississippi Community College. …

More Mississippi cities adopt smoke-free ordinances
Jackson Clarion Ledger - July 23, 2012

The Mississippi State Department of Health says the number of smoke-free cities ... other public places from the harmful effects of breathing secondhand smoke. …

Association head targets smoking
Hattiesburg American - July 22, 2012

The new head of the Mississippi State Medical Association says he wants more towns and cities to ban smoking and to get more teenagers vaccinated before they go to college. … Demetropoulos says the association wants to see more cities ban smoking in bars and restaurants. He says about 23 percent of towns and cities have bans. …

Ole Miss staffers confront smoking ban
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - July 20, 2012

Ole Miss staffers confront smoking ban - OXFORD - Some University of Mississippi employees oppose the campus-wide smoking ban that is set to become ...

DeSoto County's Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition pushes ...
Memphis Commercial Appeal - July 7, 2012

Fighting for Air was the theme of the field day held recently by the DeSoto County Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition at the Olive Branch Family YMCA for local ...

UM set to go smoke-free
Clarksdale Press Register - July 5, 2012

OXFORD ­ As of Jan. 1, 2013, the University of Mississippi's Oxford campus will officially become smoke-free, when a new policy goes into effect. …

Inmates face cold turkey reality
Natchez Democrat - July 5, 2012

NATCHEZ ­ When the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility went smoke-free Sunday, the inmates joined a reality that other area prisoners have faced for ...

Ole Miss set to go smoke-free in 2013
Jackson Clarion Ledger - July 3, 2012

As of Jan. 1, 2013, the University of Mississippi's Oxford campus will officially become smoke-free, when a new policy goes into effect. …

No smoking for inmates, employees in Miss. prisons
WDSU NewsChannel 6 (New Orleans, LA) - Jul 1, 2012

Mississippi Department of Corrections officials say the policy covers any building, grounds and prisons operated by the agency. …

Mississippi Prisons Go Smoke-Free
WTOK - July 2, 2012

Prisons in the magnolia state are now smoke-free. ... Mississippi Prisons Go Smoke-Free. Jackson, Mississippi. Prisons in the magnolia state are now ...

Mississippi municipalities celebrate going smoke free
Mississippi Press - June 27, 2012

Moss Point was one of 58 municipalities recognized Tuesday afternoon for becoming a smoke free community in Mississippi. ... Cynthia Hallett, executive director of the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation of Berkeley, California, presented the second place Smokefree Air Challenge ...

City moving forward with smoking ban
WJTV - Jun 23, 2012

(AP) The Forest Board of Aldermen expects to vote on an anti-smoking ordinance in July. The proposal being drafted would bar smoking in public places. …

Meeting set for smoking ban
Scott County Times - May 30, 2012

Mayor Chambers said at the time that the Board of Aldermen has decided to start discussions on the prospect of the city becoming smoke-free. According to a ...

Public meeting planned concerning smoking ban
Scott County Times (MS) - May 24, 2012

FOREST - As city officials consider an ordinance regulating smoking in public places, community input will be sought next week during a public meeting.

Ocean Springs quiet on smoking ban
Fox 40 Jackson - May 21, 2012

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - Ocean Springs aldermen took no action this week on a request for an anti-smoking ordinance. …

Aldermen don't act on anti-smoking request
SunHerald.com - May 19, 2012

Ocean Springs aldermen took no action this week on a request for an anti-smoking ordinance. … Alderman Matt McDonnell says Lamb should visit businesses that still permit smoking and talk to the owners. He says there are likely some businesses who ...

Smoking ban possible in Forest
Scott County Times - May 9, 2012

FOREST ­ Local smokers could have fewer public places to light up in the near future if a proposal to ban smoking in public places is approved in the City of Forest. … During their regular meeting in April, aldermen received information from Tawni M. Basden of the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition district that includes ...

County could lead state in becoming smoke-free
Madison County Herald - May 10, 2012

Madison County has the opportunity to become the first county to in the state to go smoke-free. "We're targeting Madison County. All of the cities in the county have smoke-free ordinances and those in the unincorporated areas don't have the same protections," said Corey Wiggins with Smoke Free Mississippi. "That's why we're trying to get a countywide ordinance." …

Aldermen expand city's public smoking ban
WTVA - May 1, 2012

(WTVA) ­ Booneville aldermen debated with one another Tuesday evening, and when the smoke cleared, an additional comprehensive smoking ordinance was passed.

3 towns pass ordinances banning smoking: 52 Mississippi cities now have smoke-free air ordinances
WAPT Jackson - Apr 16, 2012

The Star Herald reported that Durant is one of three municipalities to pass recent smoke-free air ordinances. Georgetown in Copiah County and Anguilla in ...

Verona approves smoking ban
WTVA - April 4, 2012

VERONA, Miss. (WTVA) -- If you live, work, visit or conduct business in Verona, you will now be limited as to where you can smoke. Aldermen voted Tuesday in favor of a new law that bans smoking, ... Even a public place like the Verona City Park would be included in the ban as well. …

Biloxi Council to hold workshop about Seafood Museum funding ...
SunHerald.com - March 20, 2012

Earlier, Councilwoman Lucy Denton told the Sun Herald that though the majority of Mississippians support a smoking ban, "the votes on the Council are not ...

Biloxi Council tables 3 issues
SunHerald.com - March 20, 2012

The council also tabled a smoking ordinance after Ward 3 Alderwoman Lucy Denton said the council couldn't agree on one. They also indefinitely postponed an ...

Deer Island resort, smoking on Biloxi City Council agenda
SunHerald.com - March 18, 2012

An ordinance that would restrict smoking in most public places, which had been expected at Tuesday’s meeting, will be tabled. Its sponsor, Councilwoman Lucy Denton, said there weren’t enough votes to get it approved. …

Legislative leaders should support, not thwart, smoke-free proposals
SunHerald.com - March 15, 2012

I am disappointed to hear that, despite overwhelming public support, the House and Senate leadership seemed to have been actively against any smoke-free ...

Smoking: Bill deaths bad public policy
Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger - March 8, 2012

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have passed smoke-free laws, ... According to the Mississippi Department of Health, and Smoke-Free Air ...

Tobacco Free Coalition sponsors 'Kick Butts' day
Clarksdale (MS) Press Register - March 8, 2012

As part of this year's Kick Butts Day celebration, the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Coahoma County is working with students at Clarksdale City ...

Biloxi smoking ban vote expected March 20
Jackson Clarion Ledger - March 7, 2012

AP BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council will vote in two weeks whether to ban smoking in most public places. At the first reading Tuesday, George Sekul spoke ...

Revised smoking ban heads back to council
SunHerald.com - Mar 3, 2012

BILOXI -- A proposed ban on smoking in most public places in Biloxi goes back on the agenda Tuesday for a first reading. ...

Public forum will help supervisors decide on smoking ban
Clarksdale Press Register - February 28, 2012

... exception for the Island of Capri Casino, the only casino in the county. If the supervisors vote to ban smoking outright, the state will give the county ...

It's time for Miss. to go smoke free
Hattiesburg (MS) American - February 26, 2012

But the health problems associated with secondhand smoke are ones that could ... would prohibit smoking in most indoor public places including workplaces, ...

Push made to stop smoking in Miss. workplaces
Hattiesburg American - February 22, 2012

But even if every city in Mississippi went smoke-free, that would still leave about 55 percent of the state's population exposed to secondhand smoke. …

County to hold public hearing on smoking restriction
Clarksdale (MS) Press Register, 2012-02-23
JESSE Wright, The Press Register

The voted Wednesday to hold a public forum to gauge support for a law that would outlaw smoking in all unincorporated county areas except casino gaming floors and bars that do not serve food.

Cities make a smoke-free first
Madison (MS) County Herald - February 16, 2012

Flora, Ridgeland and Madison were joined by Canton in December in passing comprehensive smoke-free ordinances that require all public places inside their ...

Two-Thirds of Mississippi Voters Support Law Making All Workplaces ...
PRNewswire-USNewswire / Sacramento Bee - February 15, 2012

...75 percent believe the right of employees and customers to breathe clean air in casinos, restaurants and bars is more important than the right of smokers to ...

Hernando mayor backs smoke-free proposal
Memphis Commercial Appeal - Feb 11, 2012

Johnson, a healthy-city advocate who becomes president of the influential Mississippi Municipal League in June, is lending his support to a state smoke-free ...

WLOX Editorial: Smoking ban would make us healthier
WLOX (MS) - Feb 12, 2012

There has been a move over the years for individual businesses, restaurants, cities and states to become smoke free. When this has happened locally, ...

Mississippi Senate to debate smoking ban
Mississippi Press (blog) - Feb 12, 2012

If the state does pass the smoke-free law, it would join 27 other states. ... "Our primary focus is to enact a smoke-free workplace for everyone and that's ...

Biloxi council considers smoking ban
Jackson Clarion Ledger - February 8, 2012

... banned in all public places in the city and those who said a smoking ban ... who proposed the ordinance, said it combined points from smoking bans in ...

Smoking ban wouldn't include casinos, bars
Biloxi (MS) Sun Herald, 2012-02-07 Author: MARY PEREZ

Those who want smoking banned in all public places in the city and those who said a smoking ban would be bad for business and personal freedom presented their arguments Tuesday to the Biloxi Council, which took no action.

SUN HERALD | Editorial Time for Biloxi to clear the air
SunHerald.com - February 7, 2012

Biloxi Councilwoman Lucy Denton's proposed ordinance to prohibit smoking “in certain locations and under certain circumstances” will be the focus of a ...

Bill proposed to ban smoking
Hattiesburg (MS) American - Feb 5, 2012

The proposed bill, currently sitting in a Senate committee, would not ban adults from smoking in vehicles where no children are present, Frazier said.

Biloxi Councilwoman pushing for smoke free city
WLOX (MS) - Feb 5, 2012

By Terrance Friday - bio | email Councilwoman Lucy Denton will present a smoking ban Tuesday. The ban would limit smoking in public places.

Little fallout from Byram smoking ban
Clinton (MS) News - December 15, 2011

When the city of Byram in July began exploring a no-smoking ordinance, owners of Reed Pierce's Eat, Drink and Play worried about how that might affect customers who enjoyed a cigarette with their drink or burger. Perhaps they shouldn't have fretted. …

Push is on for ban of smoking
Rankin Ledger - December 13, 2011

The Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Rankin, Scott & Simpson Counties operates out of its office on Airport Road. And coalition members are passionate ...

New Albany smoking ban is now in effect
WTVA (Tupelo, MS), 2011-12-02
Reported by: Allie Ware

…new public smoking ban is now in effect in New Albany, and some people are not thrilled with the law that took effect Friday. ...

State health department promotes Smokefree Air Mississippi program
Biloxi (MS) Sun Herald, 2011-11-10
NICOLE DOW Sun Herald

The Mississippi State Department of Health is working to lower secondhand smoke exposure to the public. ...

Friars Point council says 'yes' to smoke free air ordinance
Clarksdale (MS) Press Register - November 4, 2011

According to Wilhelmenia Newson, project director for the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition for Coahoma and Tunica counties that fall under the umbrella of ...

Byram Considers Enacting Smoking Restrictions
WAPT (MS) Jackson - November 3, 2011

City leaders said Thursday that there will be a smoking ban, but the details have not yet been worked out. The Board plans to hold a meeting in a few weeks ...

Waveland going smoke free
WLOX (Waveland, MS) - Al Showers - November 3, 2011

The city of Waveland will soon join the growing list of smoke free municipalities across the state. City leaders voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield that would prohibit the use of tobacco products on any city owned property. It's a new policy that comes with a financial incentive for city workers. ...

Another community approves public smoking ban
WTVA (MS)- Craig Ford - November 1, 2011

(WTVA) - Aldermen unanimously voted Tuesday to impose a smoking ban in restaurants and public places in New Albany. Alderman Johnny Anderson says the ban ...

Mantachie marks five years of being smoke free
NEMS360 (Journal Interactive, Tupelo, MS), 2011-10-22
Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times

It's been five years since the town of Mantachie adopted an anti-smoking policy, and according to officials, residents and business-owners, the change has been a breath of fresh air. ...

Brookhaven adopts smoking ban
Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger - October 20, 2011

AP BROOKHAVEN ­ Brookhaven officials have adopted a new ordinance that bans smoking for all public buildings and businesses. ...

DHA proposes no-smoking ordinance
Clarksdale (MS) Press Register - October 20, 2011

... with a sample resolution for consideration from the Delta Health Alliance to eliminate secondhand smoke in public sites and indoor places in Clarksdale. ...

New Albany considers smoking ban
NEMS360 (Journal Interactive, Tupelo, MS), 2011-10-16
Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal Oxford Bureau

New Albany officials are considering whether to follow some 40 other communities in the state by banning smoking in at least some indoor spaces open to the public. ...

Smoking ban proposal
WTVA - Susan Parker (MS) October 10, 2011

She's all for a smoking ban since her place is already smoke-free. "We're in agreement with it. We think it's a wonderful thing," Shankle said. ...

Do you agree with the Brookhaven Board of Aldermen's decision to enact a full smoking ban for restaurants and public buildings in the city?
Brookhaven (MS) Daily Leader, 2011-10-09

Yes 28 74%

No 10 26%

Calhoun City board votes unanimously to ban smoking in all public
Calhoun County Journal (MS) - Jo Ann Denley - Joel McNeece- August 3, 2011?

During last Thursday's public hearing, the closest thing to a disagreement came from Britt Burt who said he wasn't opposed to the no smoking ban, …

All tobacco use banned from new courthouse property
Calhoun County Journal (MS)- Joel McNeece - August 3, 2011?

The board voted unanimously to make the new courthouse a tobacco-free environment. Supervisors began the discussion by expressing concern about maintaining …

Supporters speak at hearing about proposed ban on smoking in all ...
Calhoun County (MS) Journal - Joel McNeece - August 1, 2011

During last Thursday's public hearing, the closest thing to a disagreement came from Britt Burt who said he wasn't opposed to the no smoking ban, ...

Byram may join list of smoke-free Mississippi cities
Jackson Clarion Ledger - Ruth Ingram - July 7, 2011

Byram is exploring a tobacco ordinance that could add it to the list of smoke-free Mississippi cities. Residents are invited to a 7 pm public hearing today at Byram City Hall, located at 121 Southpointe Drive, Suite E, said Mayor Nick Tremonte. ...

Calhoun City board unanimously votes to begin process of banning smoking in ...
Calhoun County Journal - Jo Ann Denley - July 6, 2011

Calhoun City Board of Aldermen, on a 4-0 vote, started the process to ban smoking in public places and buildings in Calhoun City at their regular meeting Tuesday night. Mayor JR Denton told the board that he had talked with all the ...

Good news: Mississippi sets new health record
WLOX, June 28, 2011

… Cynthia Hallett has been the Executive Director for the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights group since 1997. Each year, the organization gives an award to the state that passes the most 100 percent smoke free laws.

"Americans for Nonsmokers Rights always wants to give recognition for those who work diligently to pass these 100 percent smoke free laws that are designed to protect worker health and patron health," said Hallett.

But getting those laws passed can be tricky.

"It's not necessarily easy to pass a smoke free law," Hallett explained. "It's the right thing to do, but it's a very politically charged issue to work on because you're up against such a big opponent. The tobacco companies do not want these smoke free laws to pass." ...

"Let's Be Totally Clear" Tours State as Thank You to Casino Gone Smoke-Free
KATC Lafayette News - Tonya LaCoste - June 27, 2011

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living's "Let's Be Totally Clear" is planning events across the state to say thank you to the Palace Casino in Biloxi, which recently reopened after a major renovation as the first smoke-free casino in the Gulf ...

Revamped, smoke-free Palace set to open its doors this morning
SunHerald.com - Mary Perez - June 14, 2011

The Palace in East Biloxi is the first casino in South Mississippi and one of the first in the country to voluntarily go smoke-free. A $1 million smoking lounge directly off the casino floor is the only place inside the resort people can smoke, ...

Smoking: Miss. needs statewide law
Jackson Clarion Ledger - June 9, 2011

Despite a major thrust by the Mississippi Department of Health to discourage smoking, the Legislature has refused to enact a statewide ban on smoking in public places. The matter came up this week after Olive Branch enacted a partial smoking ban for ...

Southaven, Horn Lake only DeSoto cities without smoking ban
DeSoto Appeal - Yolanda Jones, Chris Van Tuyl - Jun 4, 2011

Now that Olive Branch has enacted a partial smoking ban for its restaurants and businesses, that leaves Horn Lake and Southaven as the last two of the five cities in DeSoto County that have not adopted any type of anti-smoking laws. ...

Olive Branch Restaurants Now Smoke-Free
WAPT Jackson - June 2, 2011

The new law requires posting of signs that picture a red slash through a smoking cigarette. The law applies to other eateries, too, such as certain convenience stores. Any business that serves food will be required to ban smoking inside its walls and ...

Biloxi's Palace Casino going smoke-free June 14 -- that's right, a smoke-free casino
Press-Register, May 31, 2011

When the Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi, reopens June 14, the casino, hotel, restaurants and sports bar will all be smoke free read more...

OB passes smoking ban
DeSoto Times Today - Jb Clark - May 4, 2011

The ordinance will allow smoking in bars that don't allow anyone under 21 years of age in their facility. The law was the fourth smoking ban related law …

Olive Branch to decide on smoking law
DeSoto Times Today - Jb Clark - May 3, 2011

Alderman Harold Henderson said he has quit smoking but can't tell someone else if they can or can't smoke. Alderman Dale Dickerson said he would be willing to look at a less restrictive rule. "All the talk I have heard about smoking bans concerns ...

Alderman stomp out smoking ban
DeSoto Times Today - Jb Clark - April 21, 2011

OLIVE BRANCH - Olive Branch officials voted against a law Tuesday to ban smoking in public places in the city limits. The Board of Aldermen voted 5-2 against the ban and decided to bring another version before the board which will focus on restaurants ...

Aldermen discuss smoking ban
DeSoto Times Today - Jb Clark - April 19, 2011

OLIVE BRANCH - The Olive Branch Board of Aldermen will consider a smoking ban ordinance at tonight's alderman meeting after the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition made a presentation to the board at their meeting last week, outlining the ...

Olive Branch to consider proposed smoking ban
Hattiesburg American - April 18, 2011

AP OLIVE BRANCH ­ Olive Branch elected officials will discuss a smoking ban proposal at their Tuesday meeting. Earlier this month, the local chapter of the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition asked aldermen to outlaw public smoking. An all-out ban would ...

New smoking ordinance goes into effect in 30 days
Rankin Ledger - Dustin Barnes - April 12, 2011

Flowood joins sister city Brandon in banning smoking in public buildings and local businesses. Last April, Brandon officials voted to approve a smoking ban, making Brandon the first Rankin County city and 33rd municipality in the state to pass such an ...

OB may adopt smoking ban
DeSoto Times Today - April 7, 2011

OLIVE BRANCH - The Olive Branch Board of Aldermen are will consider a smoking
ban ordinance after the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition made a presentation to the board at their Tuesday night meeting, outlining the health risks of smoke and the ...

Olive Branch to consider smoking ban
Jackson Clarion Ledger - April 4, 2011

The local chapter of the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition will make a presentation Tuesday in support of an ordinance banning smoking in places like restaurants. The Commercial Appeal reports Mayor Sam Rikard has provided aldermen with samples of ...

Senatobia board votes to go smoke-free
Seantobia Democrat - Travis Ashcraft - March 9, 2011

Only one board member, Penny Frazier, voted against the ordinance, stating that she did not like that businesses will be required to post no smoking signs. ...

Byers, P., "This month in the Mississippi Morbidity Report: the health effects of secondhand smoke," Journal MSMA: 80, March 2011.

This article summarized information on the health effects of secondhand smoke exposure in Mississippi from the January 2011 issue of the "Mississippi Morbidity Report." A link to the full report was included.

Miss. smoking ban dies, JSU stadium bill lives
Associated Press , 2011-03-01

Mississippi lawmakers won't pass a bill this year to ban smoking in public places.

House Public Health Committee Chairman Steve Holland says a bill that passed the Senate last month had "no substance" because it would've repeated a state law that already bans smoking in government buildings.

Holland chose not to bring the bill up for a vote because he says there wasn't enough support for it. ...

Just blowing more smoke?
Senate weakens wording on proposed statewide ban
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, 2011-02-10
Elizabeth Crisp

The chances of Mississippi lawmakers approving a statewide smoking ban this year appear slim, despite a hefty push from health advocacy groups.

The state Senate adopted a significantly weakened version of Senate Bill 2726 - the lone smoking bill alive in the Legislature - on Wednesday. In its current form, it would prohibit smoking only in government buildings and cars -which is already against the law.

The bill clarifies enforcement for current law and now heads to the House. In that chamber it's unlikely to regain its original intent, as similar smoking ban bills already have met their demise in the House this session.

House Public Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Steve Holland said the bill that passed the Senate would not accomplish much ...

Senatobia next to go smoke-free
DeSoto Appeal - Chris Van Tuyl - February 8, 2011

The city of Senatobia will soon join more than 35 other Mississippi cities to go smoke-free in public buildings.

"We've been talking about it for awhile," said Senatobia Mayor Alan Callicott, "and finally came up with the decision that, 'Yes, this is something that we wanted to do.' We wanted to be progressive, we wanted to move forward and we really wanted to join that list of other cities that have taken this step to provide a healthier community."

Aldermen Don Clanton, Lana Nail, Penny Hawks Frazier and Michael Cathey all voted last week to draft an ordinance to ban smoking in workplaces, restaurants and retail stores. Mike Putt cast the lone dissenting vote.

Callicott, serving his third term, is hoping to have an ordinance drafted and adopted within the next 30 to 60 days. Senatobia plans to base its law on ordinances enacted by other cities ...

OTHER VOICES: Mississippi should ban smoking in all public places
SunHerald.com - February 7, 2011

AN EDITORIAL OPINION OF THE NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI DAILY JOURNAL (Tupelo)

The evidence against second-hand smoke is no longer in doubt. Exposure to even moderate amounts raises health risks.

Smokers have the right to risk their own health, as foolish as that may be and as costly in the long term to the public treasury through the extra financial burden it places on the health care system. But they aren’t entitled to put others at risk with their toxic fumes; that’s where so-called smokers’ rights end.

Thirty-seven municipalities in the state have understood and acted on the dangers of second-hand smoke. They’ve banned smoking in most public places.

The world hasn’t come to an end. Few businesses have suffered because of it.

In fact, some restaurant owners like the fact that they no longer have to segregate smokers and nonsmokers and hear complaints from the majority of non-smoking customers about having to endure wafting second-hand smoke. ...

Pediatricians support state smoking ban
Hattiesburg American - C. David Hill - February 3, 2011

Pediatricians have first-hand experience about what happens when children and babies breathe second-hand smoke.

Smoking is a known cause of preterm birth, low birth-weight and very low birth-weight infants. Exposure to tobacco smoke in the womb causes increased miscarriages and neonatal deaths. And smoking-related health problems result in increased health care costs for all of us.

Mississippi has the nation's highest prematurity rate and the highest infant mortality rate. Women who work or must do business in buildings where smoking is prevalent suffer an increased risk to their pregnancy even if they do not smoke.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has found that second-hand smoke also contributes to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In 2009, 38 Mississippi babies died from SIDS. The Mississippi infant death rate is about 130 percent of the national rate. SIDS is the third most common reason for infant deaths in Mississippi and account for 12 percent of all infant deaths in our state. ...

Senate smoking ban bill survives
Jackson Clarion Ledger - Elizabeth Crisp, Molly Parker - February 2, 2011

Smoking ban - Senate Bill 2726 would prohibit smoking in all government buildings. The bill was originally proposed as a smoking ban for restaurants, ...

Miss. Senate panel limits proposed smoking ban
Bloomberg - January 26, 2011

(AP) ­ The Mississippi Senate Public Health Committee has significantly limited the scope of a proposed widespread smoking ban. ...

Statewide smoking ban legislation in the works
WLBT NBC3 (Jackson, MS), 2011-01-19
Ashley Conroy

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Advocates in support of a statewide smoking ban gathered at the capitol Wednesday to ask lawmakers to vote 'yes' on this legislation.

"We do not have a strong statewide law to protect all Mississippians from second hand smoke," said American Heart Association Government Relations Director Katherine Bryant.

Senate Bill 2726 and House Bill 863 would virtually erase smoking from indoors a public building.

This includes restaurants and casinos throughout the state.

In addition, it would also enforce that smokers stand 20 to 25 feet away from a public building if they are smoking ...

Statewide smoking ban possible
Jackson Clarion Ledger - January 3, 2011

Most people agree crafting a budget will be the biggest hurdle for lawmakers as they return to the Capitol this week, but they also will have several other issues, including immigration reform and a statewide smoking ban, that could heat up the 2011 session.

For the first time, some form of a statewide smoking ban actually may have a chance - thanks in part to a multimillion-dollar initiative that's gaining support across the state.

State Rep. John Mayo, D-Clarksdale, has filed a version of a smoking ban bill for several years to no avail, but he said he's seen the added boost for this year.

"I think if there's any year we might be able to get something on the floor, this is the year," Mayo said.

The Smokefree Air Mississippi initiative is being funded by a $2.9 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the first organized push for such a ban here ...

Mississippi smoking ban sought
Jackson Clarion Ledger - November 18, 2010

She never smoked one cigarette, but Jeanette Gossette sat beside others who puffed away at their desks for 40 years of her career.

Thirteen years ago, she went to the doctor seeking a prescription for a prolonged cough. The doctor insisted on a chest X-ray.

Gossette declined.

The doctor insisted some more.

Gossette obliged.

The chest X-ray revealed a spot on her lungs. The doctor suggested exploratory surgery. Gossette declined.

But over the months, that spot grew and changed shape, and when the doctor suggested surgery again, she agreed.

"I don't really think I would have been all that surprised if I had been diagnosed with any other type of cancer," the 69-year-old Meridian resident said. "But the fact that I had never smoked, it kind of came as a surprise to me. It's related to smoking but people relate it to the smoker and not people that are around it.

"In fact one of the most frequent questions that I got early on was, 'How long did you smoke?' ... I had pretty much the mindset that everybody else had, that if I didn't smoke, I was not at risk for lung cancer." ...

The Starkville & Hattiesburg Heart Attack Studies (PDF)
Reductions in Heart Attack Admissions Following the Implementation of Local Smoke-Free Ordinances
Mississippi Tobacco Data, October 2010

Starkville implemented a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance that prohibited smoking inside of all indoor public places on May 20, 2006. Seven months later, Hattiesburg implemented a similar comprehensive ordinance on January 1, 2007.

Findings from controlled observational studies demonstrate that hospital admissions for heart attacks in both Starkville and Hattiesburg decreased substantially following the implementation of the smoke-free ordinances. Moreover, the observed decrease in these communities was much higher than that observed in control communities that did not have a smoke-free ordinance. …

MSU research reveals Hub City smoking ban results
Mississippi State University, October 27, 2010

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A report released today by Mississippi State University shows a more than 13 percent decrease in heart attacks in Hattiesburg since the city passed a comprehensive smoking policy in public businesses, also resulting in an estimated savings of millions of dollars.

Robert McMillen, a researcher at the university's Social Science Research Center and assistant psychology professor; Anna Hill, a former SSRC research associate; Nell Valentine, SSRC special projects coordinator; and Dr. Robert Collins, director of MSU's health services, found results consistent with a similar study earlier this year in Starkville and in other communities throughout the U.S.

"These reductions were greater than those observed in the control populations that did not live in a community with a smoke-free ordinance," the researchers conclude in the report. ...

Grass roots campaign pushes for smoke free places Mississippi
WLOX - Trang Pham-Bui - October 28, 2010

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – "I will be sick with an upper respiratory infection, and sinus and allergic rhinitis," said Jennifer Cofer with the American Lung Association.

Some speakers shared their personal health problems that they blame on breathing cigarette smoke. And they showed the latest media campaign to educate Mississippians about the dangers of second hand smoke.

"I don't think any restaurant in Mississippi should allow smoking, and I'm a smoker," a woman stated in one public service announcement.

The Mississippi Health Department hosted a forum in Gulfport on Thursday, called "Clearing the Air: Eliminating Exposure to Second hand Smoke in All Public Places, Including Work Places." Various health advocates also pushed for state legislation to make Mississippi smoke free. They said every year, 550 Mississippians who've never smoked in their life die from exposure to second-hand smoke ...

Miss. Department of Health to hold luncheons touting benefits smoke-free air
WREG - October 20, 2010

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Health will hold a series of luncheons to educate the public about the dangers of secondhand smoke.

A news release from the health agency says the events are designed to educate the public about the benefits of smoke-free environments. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier says there's no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. She says 550 nonsmokers die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke.

The luncheons will held Oct. 26 in Cleveland; Oct. 27 in Hattiesburg; Oct. 28 in Gulfport; Nov. 3 in Natchez; Nov. 4 in Starkville; Nov. 10 in Tupelo and Nov. 16 in Hernando. ...

AP Analysis: Smoke-free proposal awaits 2011 session
Yall Politics (blog) - August 16, 2010

This fall, the Mississippi Department of Health begins airing television and radio spots about the dangers of secondhand smoke, months before lawmakers likely file bills related to the issue.

State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier said "as a public health agency we would support a policy to protect Mississippians from the very real dangers of secondhand smoke."

She said her agency is currently focused on the awareness campaign - Smokefree Air Mississippi. The state is using $1.8 million in funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an educational campaign, said Liz Sharlot, a spokesman for the agency.

"We are hoping at some point, there will be public policy that will support smoke-free air in public places," Sharlot said. "How you make that a reality, that hasn't been defined yet."

Around the country, momentum has been building for no-smoking laws. Officials with the American Lung Association say 27 states have passed laws that ban smoking in all public places and workplaces, including bars and restaurants.

That doesn't count the numerous cities across the country that have passed local ordinances, including 35 municipalities in Mississippi. ...


Smoking bans become way of life
Hattiesburg American - August 13, 2010

Some are still irked over a financial hit that never came back, while others are torn between personal and philosophical considerations.

But when asked about the impact of the City of Hattiesburg's 3-year old smoking ordinance, many respond with a verbal shrug.

"At first, we were worried, and, at first, people would complain about it, " said Ron Savell, owner of Mugshots on West Fourth Street. "Then, it just turned into the way it is.

"Really, we haven't had the first problem, for our staff or our smokers. Now, people don't complain, and everybody seems to love it. It hasn't affected our business at all."

After three or four citations were handed out in the first six months of the ban, the ticketing of establishments has been few and far between. ...

Smoking: Statewide ban would help
Jackson Clarion Ledger - August 10, 2010

The city of Pearl has joined cities in the metro area banning smoking in most public places, including restaurants.

Pearl, like other cities, acted in the interest of public health. However, it also is in the interest of Pearl's growing development. Clean, smoke-free environments are desirable and necessary for successful businesses that cater to the public.

Pearl is the 47th city in the state to adopt a smoke-free policy. ...

Pearl latest to adopt ban on smoking
Restaurants, retails stores among businesses included
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, 2010-08-08
Justin Fritscher

A new ordinance kicks ashtrays off restaurant tables and cigarettes out of certain public places in what city leaders call a necessary choice to protect residents' health.

The smoking ban adopted Monday makes Pearl the second city in Rankin County to adopt tobacco restrictions.

"We want to make sure folks can dine in our restaurants and have a pleasant experience," Mayor Brad Rogers said.

Cigarettes also are banned in retail stores, adult entertainment businesses, tattoo and body piercing shops and childcare facilities. ...

Booneville eyes tobacco free eateries
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 2010-07-24
NEMS Daily Journal

Booneville appears headed toward a ban of tobacco use in restaurants.

The Board of Aldermen voted 3-2 Tuesday in favor of "the banning of all tobacco use in restaurants and businesses that sell food merchandise."

The decision came two months after the board defeated a move to ban smoking in all public places.

Voting this week for the limited ban were Wilda Pounds, David Bolen and Harold Eaton. Voting against it were Jeff Williams and Mark McCoy. ...

State Health Department Recognizes Meridian
WTOK - June 18, 2010

The Mississippi Department of Health has commended the city of Meridian for adopting a smoking ban for public places. A certificate was given to Mayor Cheri ...

Jackson council amends smoking ban
WXVT - June 2, 2010

The Jackson City Council has voted to extend a smoking ban to stand-alone bars.

The council voted 6-1 Tuesday for the change.

Jackson has had a partial smoking ban in place since 2008 that included restaurants with attached bars but excluded stand-alone bars. ...

Booneville aldermen vote down smoking ordinance in 3-2 vote
WREG - May 20, 2010

he Booneville Board of Aldermen has voted down a proposed ban on smoking in public places.

The vote was 3-2. ...

Committee gives OK to smoking ban
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, 2010-05-11
Chris Joyner

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said Monday that he is willing to work with the City Council on enforcement issues should the council ban smoking in most public places.

A partial ban has been largely unenforced by city code inspectors since it went into effect last year. That law bans smoking in most commercial buildings, with the exception of "standalone bars."

But a Clarion-Ledger report found numerous night spots around the city that allowed smoking by their customers.

Johnson said he had not seen the proposed ordinance. Although he knew the gist, he said he needed to see it in its final form. ...

Council closer to amending smoke-free ordinance
Laurel Leader Call - David Owens, Laurel Leader-Call - May 5, 2010

LAUREL — The Laurel City Council took another step towards passing a number of ordinances Tuesday, including one that would amend the city’s smoking ban.

In their regular business meeting, the council unanimously approved the second reading of several ordinances. Among those is an amendment to Section 15-2.8, which defines “reasonable distance.”

In Tuesday’s edition of the Leader-Call, Linda Reinholtz, superintendent of the city’s Inspection Department, said the amendment would allow for “bars and restaurants with patios and/or outside seating, also known as courtyards” to be exempt from the reasonable distance of 20 feet “as long as the distance of 20 feet is from the main opening entrance of said structure of facility. ...

Madison OKs smoking ban; Jackson next?
Jackson Clarion Ledger - May 5, 2010

Madison adopted a smoke-free-air ordinance Tuesday, switching from a voluntary ban on tobacco that all city businesses followed.

The change passed unanimously

Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler is expected to sign the ordinance today or Thursday. The law will go into effect 30 days after she signs it.

The reason for moving from voluntary to mandatory is because of the growth of the city, Butler said.

"It only takes one business to decide not to follow," she said. ...

City-wide smoking ban considered in council meeting
WLBT-TV - May 4, 2010

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The City of Jackson is considering an ordinance completely banning smoking in the capitol city, even in bars. ...

Residents, Business Owners Air Concerns About Smoking Ban
WAPT Jackson - May 4, 2010

Jackson already has a partial smoking ban in place -- smoking is banned inside restaurants but stand-alone bars are exempt. Council President Frank Bluntson ...

Laurel may amend no smoking ordinance
Laurel Leader Call - Eloria Newell James - May 4, 2010

LAUREL — The City of Laurel is expected to consider the second readings of several proposed city ordinances, including one regarding amending the city’s no smoking policy.

During the council’s April 20th meeting, the council approved the first reading of an amendment to the city’s ordinance eliminating smoking in public places.

The amendment addresses Section 15-2.8 which defines “reasonable distance.”

On Dec. 4, 2008, the City of Laurel became smoke-free in public places and places of employment.

The Laurel City Council — with a vote for 4-3 with Councilmen Tony Thaxton, Tony Wheat and Johnny Magee voting against it — on Nov. 4, 2008 approved a smoking ban that prohibits smoking in all public places in the city ...

Smoking debate rages in Jackson
Hattiesburg American - April 26, 2010

The City Council's latest attempt to restrict smoking in Jackson's bars and restaurants has Victoria Burt seeing red.

"If you walk in a bar, you should expect smoke," said the smoker and bar patron. "Where are you going to go to relax?

"If everybody has to go to their house to smoke, they can grab a six-pack and smoke there."

Burt is the former owner of the Hide A Way Lounge, the type of beer-only bar that was exempted from the smoking ban when the council last broached the topic in 2008. But a lack of enforcement of that partial ban has a majority of council members ready to adopt a total ban they believe will be easier to enforce. ...

Madison delays smoking ban vote
Jackson Clarion Ledger - Lucy Weber - April 21, 2010

MADISON — City officials Tuesday put off voting on a smoke-free ordinance but shot down the request from Hops and Habanas to open part of its shop for cigar smoking.

We will defer action to the first Tuesday in May for a smoke-free ordinance," Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said.


Butler has said she wants the entire board present to vote on switching from asking all local businesses to comply with a voluntary no-smoking policy to requiring all to go smokeless with a city ordinance. One alderman was absent on Tuesday. ...

Council eyes landmarks, smoking ban
Jackson Clarion Ledger - April 20, 2010

Jackson City Council members did not mince words Monday when it came to Council President Frank Bluntson's plan to ease restrictions on renaming streets and public buildings by council members.

"This is really going to cause a lot of issues," Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber said during a work session. ...

Total ban on smoking pushed
Jackson City Council president drumming up votes
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, 2010-04-18
Chris Joyner

Jackson City Council President Frank Bluntson wants to make Jackson completely smoke free, but not everybody is onboard.

"I've been getting lots of calls from black bar owners. They say, 'Mr. Bluntson, you are going to put us out of business,' " he said.

Bluntson shrugged. "It's a public health issue," he said, adding that he does not think the effect on businesses will be that severe.

Upset with lax enforcement of a partial smoking ban that went into effect more than a year ago, Bluntson said he plans to toughen the law with a smoking ban similar to the ones adopted in surrounding municipalities. All he needs is the votes. ...

Smoking ban vote may come next week
Madison County Journal - Steven G. Watson - April 14, 2010

MADISON - City leaders are expected to vote on a comprehensive smoking ban next week, replacing a voluntary ban adopted by restaurant and business owners more than two years ago.

The proposed ordinance would prohibit smoking in all enclosed public areas and other common outdoor areas like parks and playgrounds.

Violators - both individuals and business owners - could face fines ranging from $100 to $500.

Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler said they were happy with the voluntary ban, but as more and more businesses came to the city they felt it was important to set more stringent guidelines.

"We just feel all it would take would be one that refuses to do it to spoil it for everyone else," Hawkins-Butler said.

She commended the student-led Citizens for a Smoke-Free Madison and her own youth council for their hard work pushing for a smoke free city. They began their push for a ban back in 2004. ...

Total smoking ban floated
Jackson council president frustrated with violations
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, 2010-04-13
Chris Joyner

Frustrated by confusion and lack of enforcement surrounding the city's partial smoking ban, Jackson City Council President Frank Bluntson said he will propose a total smoking ban for the city at next week's council meeting.

"They are smoking everywhere," Bluntson said. "They know (city inspectors) are not going to do anything. Man, that's bad."

Inspectors from the city Code Services office visited several restaurants Monday following a Clarion-Ledger story revealing some were not observing a partial smoking ban put in place more than a year ago.

Jason Cockrell, co-owner of the Old Tavern on George Street, said an inspector came by with literature on the ordinance and a couple of "no smoking" signs, but he said he still is confused about how the ordinance is supposed to work. Cockrell said he considers his business "a bar with food" and was under the impression that he was in compliance. . . .

Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said the city intends to enforce the law. ...

Smoking ban violations largely ignored
Rules not being followed, some contend
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, 2010-04-12
Chris Joyner

When the Jackson City Council passed an ordinance banning smoking in restaurants 1 1/2 years ago, Hal and Mal's Restaurant and Brewery complied.

But co-owner Hal White said the law - which exempts freestanding bars but includes restaurants with attached bars - is being ignored by some of his biggest competitors because the city has done nothing to enforce it.
"I'm not going to name any names, but there are dozens," he said, adding that the lack of enforcement puts him at a competitive disadvantage.

Kenneth Taylor, code enforcement director for the city, said his office has not cited any businesses for violation of the ordinance since it went into effect. Officials with his office and the Jackson Fire Department inspect the businesses throughout the year, he said in a council meeting last week. . . .

Yet violations are not hard to find. The Clarion-Ledger visited several restaurants last week and found several apparent violations. ...

Brandon Approves Smoking Ban
1st City In Rankin County To Approve Proposal
WAPT-16 ABC (Jackson, MS), 2010-04-06

Brandon will soon become the first city in Rankin County to ban smoking.

The Brandon Board of Aldermen approve a smoking ban during a meeting Monday. The proposal bans smoking in grocery stores, restaurants and retail stores in Brandon. Smokers would have to go to the back of the building and walk 15-feet away from the building to light up.

Friends & Company restaurant owner, Debbie Mallette, supported the proposed smoking ban. ...

Brandon considers smoking ban
WLBT NBC3 (Jackson, MS), 2010-04-04

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Smokers in a Rankin County city may be limited to where they can light up, if a proposed ban is passed.
The Brandon Board Of Alderman is expected to consider a smoking ban Monday during their work session.

It would outlaw smoking tobacco in grocery stores, restaurants and retail businesses. ...

Booneville mulls smoking ban in public places
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 2010-03-26
Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

An April 5 public hearing will give Booneville residents a chance to comment on whether the city should approve an ordinance that bans smoking in public places.

The hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Booneville City Hall.

The city board has been discussing the issue for several months, and so far the reaction has been minimal, said Mayor Joe Eaton.

“To date, I’ve received only one negative phone call,” Eaton said. “We’ve also received a letter from Baptist Hospital supporting the proposal.” ...

Meridian hospital going smoke free in April
WREG - March 25, 2010

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Meridian hospital has announced it's going completely tobacco-free, beginning next month.

Riley Hospital says beginning April 1, tobacco will not be allowed by anyone, anywhere on hospital property. ...

2 cities to decide tobacco policies
Brandon could be 33rd city in Miss. to ban public smoking
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, 2010-03-14
Justin Fritscher and Leah Square

One metro-area city may be the first in Rankin County to adopt a smoking ordinance, while a Madison County municipality may ban tobacco use on city property.

A tobacco ban ordinance will be discussed during an upcoming work session of the Brandon Board of Aldermen and is expected to to be on the agenda of the April 5 meeting.

If the ordinance gets the nod, Brandon will be the 33rd municipality in Mississippi to prohibit smoking in public places.
"It's a bad habit," Ward 5 Alderwoman Yvonne Bianchi said. "If our ordinance helps anyone, it's worth it."

If approved, Brandon would join Clinton, Flora, Jackson, and Ridgeland.

Madison has a voluntary smoking ban. ...

Tobacco ban tops Brandon meeting
Rankin Ledger - March 9, 2010

A tobacco ban ordinance is expected to top agendas of Brandon aldermen at their April 5 meeting.

If the smoke-free ordinance gets the nod, Brandon will be the first Rankin County city and 33rd in Mississippi to bar smoking in public places.

"It's a bad habit," Ward 5 Alderwoman Yvonne Bianchi said. "If our ordinance helps anyone, it's worth it." ...

Sumrall considers smoking ban in public buildings
Hattiesburg (MS) American, 2010-02-25
TIM DOHERTY * American Staff Writer

Mayor Gerolene Rayborn wasn't quite sure what sort of reaction she was going to get when she suggested Sumrall consider adopting an ordinance banning smoking from all public buildings.

"When I first mentioned it to one of the aldermen, it was, 'Oh, we can't tell people what to do,'" Rayborn said. "But after talking with some people around town, that person came back and said, 'I found out that people are interested in it.'"

So, Rayborn and the board of aldermen intend to advertise for and then hold a public hearing to seek the input of residents on a smoking ban. ...

Barry: No veto power on smoking ban
Meridian (MS) Star, 2010-01-22

A lot of Meridianites have strong opinions on the smoking ordinance that was passed by the Meridian City Council Tuesday, and many of those Meridianites have been awaiting news on whether Mayor Cheri Barry will veto the ordinance.

Before Tuesday's meeting Barry said she was inclined to go with what the council passes, but that she wanted to see exactly what the ordinance says before making a decision.

But Barry was out of town at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Tuesday.

After Tuesday's meeting Meridian Chief Administrative Officer Mark McDonald said Barry would not be able to read the ordinance passed until she returned to Meridian. ...

City council approves smoking ban
Meridian (MS) Star, 2010-01-19

The Meridian City Council voted to ban smoking at restaurants and other businesses in a 3-2 vote, with Councilmen George Thomas and Jesse Palmer voted against it.

VIDEO: Council Has No-Smoking Ordinance on Agenda
WTOK-TV ABC-11 (Meridian, MS), 2010-01-18

Five years after a smoking ban in public places in Meridian was defeated through a mayoral veto, some members of the Meridian City Council say they it can be revived.

The issue is on the agenda for consideration at the council's Tuesday night meeting, and the city has a different mayor now.

A possible smoking ban would have a big impact on local restaurants and bars. ...

21 and over: Some restaurants, bars respond to ordinance by restricting age of ...
The Commercial Dispatch - Kristin Mamrack - January 8, 2010

In an effort to accommodate smokers under the city's new smoking ordinance, at least three Columbus bars and restaurants no longer will admit minors. ...

Council votes to fund neighborhood parks
The Commercial Dispatch - Kristin Mamrack - January 6, 2010

-- Unanimously issued final approval of a citywide smoking ordinance. The ordinance, which largely is modeled after a Tennessee state law, bans smoking in ...

City Council expected to pass smoking ordinance
The Commercial Dispatch - Kristin Mamrack - January 5, 2010

The Columbus City Council tonight is expected to issue final approval of a citywide smoking ordinance.

The ordinance, which largely is modeled after a Tennessee state law, bans smoking in “all enclosed public places,” including restaurants, but allows smoking in “age-restricted venues” — or bars, restaurants and other establishments which only allow people age 21 or older to enter — and “private clubs,” which restrict access to the general public.

Additionally, the ordinance allows businesses with three or fewer employees to designate enclosed smoking rooms, inaccessible to the general public, and provides exemptions for “non-enclosed areas of public places, including, open-air patios, porches or decks.” ...

Smoke-free still burns
Issue remains lit a year later in Laurel
Laurel (MS) Leader-Call, 2009-12-13
David Owens

More than 365 days have passed since all public buildings in the City of Laurel became smoke-free. City officials and business leaders are as divided on the issue now as they were a year ago.

Ward 4 Councilman George Carmichael, who was board president when the ordinance passed, said this week that the only thing he regrets is that he "didn't have more than one vote."

"Many citizens in the city have thanked the council for making Laurel one of the cities in the state of Mississippi to be smoke-free," he said. "Children from the Laurel School District and Jones County School District have sent letters out. Everyone is very excited to be smoke-free."

Carmichael said the city has seen increased revenue from restaurants since the ban. ...

FGH to participate in cardiac studies
Hattiesburg American - December 9, 2009

Forrest General has announced its participation in two upcoming studies to assist national organizations in gathering data on cardiac procedure effectiveness and incidence of heart attacks.

The first study, conducted by the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University, is designed to determine whether city-wide smoking bans reduce the number of heart attacks in citizens from the area. Hattiesburg, along with several other Mississippi cities, has enacted a local smoking ban for all indoor public places to protect citizens from secondhand smoke.

Several recent studies have shown that secondhand smoke increases the risk of myocardial infarction, or heart attacks. This is attributed to secondhand smoke's activation of blood clots, which can cause clots in the blood stream that lead to heart attacks. The study, which will involve the hospital's provision of heart attack admission data, seeks to determine whether the local smoking bans in cities like Hattiesburg, Starkville and Oxford, have led to a change in hospital and emergency room admissions and transfers for acute myocardial infarctions. ...

Potential Columbus Smoking Ban Talked About
WCBI (Columbus, MS), 2009-11-24

An all out ban, a modified plan or do nothing, it is up to Columbus City Council to decide. About a dozen business owners and residents spoke Tuesday (11-24) night at a public hearing on a proposed smoking ban in Columbus. Some bar and restaurant owners favor an all out ban that makes for a level playing field. They say allowing loopholes only leads to problems. Others want to keep smoking in places that restrict customers to 21 and older. They say without smoking, some bars will go out of business. Citizens were split, citing health hazards, individual rights and catching up with the national trend.

Bart Lawrence a co-owner of the Princess says, "I believe the only way this ordinance could be fair is if it is across the board. I don't think anything good can come from loopholes or exceptions." ...

Citizens to weigh in on smoking ban
The Commercial Dispatch - Kristin Mamrack - November 18, 2009

The Columbus City Council Tuesday scheduled a public hearing — to be held Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. in the Columbus Municipal Complex — on a proposed city smoking ordinance.

The ordinance, which largely is modeled after a Tennessee state law, bans smoking in “all enclosed public places,” including restaurants, but allows smoking in “age-restricted venues” — or bars, restaurants and other establishments which only allow people age 21 or older to enter — and “private clubs,” which restrict access to the general public.

Additionally, the ordinance allows businesses with three or fewer employees to designate enclosed smoking rooms, inaccessible to the general public, and provides exemptions for “non-enclosed areas of public places, including, open-air patios, porches or decks.” ...

Karriem to ask council to wait on smoking rules
The Commercial Dispatch - Kristin Mamrack - Nov 17, 2009

With the Columbus City Council poised to vote tonight on a proposed smoking ordinance, Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem said he plans to ask the council to hold off, and instead call a public hearing on the matter.

The council meets at 5 p.m. in City Hall.

The ordinance, proposed by Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box, bans smoking in “all enclosed public places,” including restaurants.

However, the ordinance, which largely is modeled after a Tennessee state law, allows smoking in “age-restricted venues,” or bars, restaurants and other establishments which only allow people age 21 or over to enter, and “private clubs,” which restrict access to the general public. ...

Columbus to Consider 'Hybrid' Smoking Ban
Columbus may become the latest Mississippi city to impose some form of a smoking ban.
WCBI (Columbus, MS), 2009-11-11

Officials say the City Council could decide as early as its meeting Tuesday to adopt an ordinance based on a Tennessee state law that bans smoking in all public buildings except for those that exclude customers who are under 21. The age provision is targeted at businesses that are almost strictly bars or taverns and seldom have underage customers anyway.

Bars and restaurants could allow smoking in open air patios and decks or in areas that have open ventilation where smoke doesn't go inside the main building. Chili's in Columbus has a patio that could meet the requirement. ...

Study: Heart attacks down since smoking ban
The Commercial Dispatch - Columbus,MS,USA, November 10, 2009

STARKVILLE ­ A Mississippi State University study released Monday shows a 27 percent decrease in heart attacks among Starkville residents since the city passed its no-smoking ordinance in 2006. …

.Nationwide, 17 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia ban smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces. Also, 14 other states and more than 350 cities and towns ban smoking in one or two of those types of establishments, according to the advocacy group Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. ...

Aldermen extinguish smoking ban in city
Seantobia Democrat - Melissa Turner - October 27, 2009

What a difference two weeks makes.

While at the October 6 Senatobia Aldermen meeting it appeared that Mayor Alan Callicott may have had support for his proposed smoking ban, the October 20 meeting told a different story.

At the earlier meeting, Callicott had provided the board members with a copy of the smoking ordinance adopted by Hernando last year, and asked them to consider such a ban for Senatobia ...

Smoking ban reignites
The Democrat - Melissa Turner - October 13, 2009

Once again, the subject of banning smoking in public places is being considered by the Senatobia Board of Aldermen. It was near the bottom of the agenda for the board's October 5 meeting.

Mayor Alan Callicott, citing health concerns, started the discussion. He distributed copies of the ordinance adopted last year by Hernando, and asked board members to look over it and make notes. ...

Hollandale looks at smoking ban
Delta Democrat Times (subscription) - October 8, 2009

A draft of a smoking ban ordinance was presented to the Board of Aldermen Tuesday night. Several Hollandale businesses have already made the decision to not ...

Come on, Columbus: Let's go smoke-free
The Commercial Dispatch - October 1, 2009

It’s time to reconsider an anti-smoking ordinance in Columbus’ public spaces, including in restaurants and bars.

There are many reasons for such a law, chief among them safeguarding the health of nonsmokers, and improving the overall quality of life in Columbus.

For those who dispute the health argument, a new medical study shows that smoking bans can have an almost immediate effect.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week on a study that showed smoke-free laws reduced the rate of heart attacks by an average of 17 percent in communities that had enacted the bans. The biggest declines, according to the study, were among nonsmokers and people between the ages of 40 and 60. ...

Electric rates to increase Oct. 1
Starkville Daily News - Brian Hawkins - September 17, 2009

The change means that smoking by city employees, as well as any clients, contractors or visitors, will be prohibited in all city properties, ...

Calhoun Health Services Going Tobacco-Free
Calhoun County Journal - September 2, 2009

Calhoun Health Services will become a tobacco-free campus in 2010. The hospital board voted last week to ban all tobacco products from hospital property effective Jan. 1, 2010.

“We’ve never allowed smoking inside the building, so all we’re doing is extending it to the grounds,” said James Franklin, hospital administrator.

A press release from the hospital stated that as a “healthcare organization dedicated to the promotion of health and wellness,” no person, including employees, medical staff, volunteers, students, vendors, visitors or patients will be permitted to use tobacco products on hospital grounds.

The restriction on em-ployees will prohibit the use of tobacco products during paid work hours, meaning they may not use tobacco during breaks or in their vehicles if on company time.

Franklin said the hospital will provide employees with education classes and necessary medications to help them quit smoking. He said the January effective date was approved to provide employees and others time to adjust to the new policy.

The new policy is in line with a push by BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi to get all Mississippi hospitals tobacco-free. ...

Aldermen ban tobacco from Ocean Springs parks
WLOX - August 5, 2009

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs' parks are now smoke-free. Tuesday night, the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a measure to ban the use of all tobacco products in the city's parks.

The intention is to protect young people from "the effects of tobacco and provide a tobacco-free area for the youth and other using the parks," according to the ordinance. ...

ACS, Coalition Renew Call for Smoking Ordinance
WTOK - Andrea Williams - June 25, 2009

Efforts to get a smoking ordinance passed in Meridian are being renewed with the coming of a new administration. For at least the last four years, the American Cancer Society and a local coalition have been working together to try to get an ordinance passed in Meridian. ...

Smoking ordinance passes, again
Picayune Item - May 27, 2009

PICAYUNE — For the second time the Picayune City Council approved a smoking ordinance.

After it is published in the Picayune Item it will go into effect 30 days later. A similar ordinance was approved earlier this year, but was rescinded for revision purposes the day it was set to take effect.

The new ordinance was set for approval at last week’s meeting, but was pushed back a week to give council members and law enforcement time to look it over. Picayune Police Deputy Chief David Ervin was asked if the department has had time to look at the ordinance. Ervin said the ordinance had been reviewed by the department and they had no problems with it. ...

Picayune to meet on smoking ban
AP, 2009-05-24

PICAYUNE -- The Picayune City Council has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss an anti-smoking ordinance.

Council members delayed action this past week on the ordinance, which undergone several changes since public hearings last fall. Council members and other city officials said they had not had time to review the latest versions.

The latest revisions addressed concerns with enforcement and required distances that smokers would need to be from the entrance of buildings.

Smoking ordinance delayed again
Picayune Item - May 21, 2009

PICAYUNE — Approval of Picayune’s smoking ordinance has again been delayed.

The council agenda had the matter set for action at Tuesday’s meeting. When it came time to discuss the matter, it was moved to the end of the meeting, apparently due to city attorney Nathan Farmer’s absence.

At the end of the meeting when the issue was discussed by the council, with Farmer present, Farmer said the ordinance has undergone a number of changes since it’s first introduction in late 2008. The revisions addressed concerns with enforcement and required distances that smokers would need to be from the entrance of buildings. In some cases those distances, if followed, would have people smoking in the street, council member Leavern Guy said.

Guy said the reason for the long delay in the implementation of the ordinance was that logic needed to be employed when adopting this ordinance. Guy said while he was not ready to adopt it Tuesday, he was ready to follow the council’s decision. ...

Greenwood police reviewing smoking policy
WXVT - April 30, 2009

Perkins says she will look into extending the anti-smoking ban to all city vehicles. Under the anti-smoking ordinance, which took effect Aug. ...

Scott County backs smoking ban
Jackson Clarion Ledger - April 30, 2009

The Scott County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on April 21 to ban all tobacco products from county facilities, citing a savings ...

No Delay For Smoking Ban
WJTV, MS - February 10, 2009

Jackson’s city council rejects a motion that would delay enforcement of the city’s revised smoking ban for another six months. Several city council members say restaurants and bars have had enough time to prepare for the ban because plans were announced eight months ago.

The amended ordinance prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places, including restaurants and attached bars. Smoking in private clubs is restricted when the public is in attendance. The smoking ban went into effect February 1st.

Jackson Goes Smoke-Free
WJTV, MS - February 3, 2009
Metro restaurants are posting fliers on their doors informing customers that smoking is no longer allowed inside. The ban started on February 1st.

The new amendment prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places, including restaurants and attached bars. Even smoking in private clubs is prohibited when they're used for public functions like weddings or fundraisers. Only stand alone bars and tobacco stores are excluded.

City Councilman Jeff Weill, who voted for the ban, believes it makes Jackson a healthier city.

"Nobody likes to eat and smell cigarette smoke at the same time, and it's a serious health issue," he said. "A lot of folks are just happy that they don't have to endure that."

EDITORIAL:Smokeless spaces
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, MS, December 11, 2008

Mississippi State University's social science researchers found that 76 percent of Mississippians want comprehensive smoking bans; 81 percent want restaurant smoking bans.

Starkville city board adopts smoke-free ordinance
The Associated Press, March 22, 2006

The Starkville Board of Aldermen has adopted an ordinance banning smoking in public places and in places of employment.

The ordinance takes effect 60 days from Tuesday and specifically defines where smoking is prohibited in the city, requirements for posting "no smoking" signs, responsibilities of business owners, enforcement and violations…

Robert McMillen, a researcher at Mississippi State University and one of the two leaders of Citizens for a Breathe-Free Starkville on the ordinance committee, said the board's adoption of the ordinance makes Starkville the first major municipality in Mississippi to go smoke-free.

Starkville adjusting well to smoking ban
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, July 20, 2006

Some people still tell restaurant hosts they want to sit in the smoking or nonsmoking section.

But like quitting a bad habit, they'll stop asking at some point.

Every seat in Starkville's restaurants is nonsmoking since the Board of Aldermen passed a smoking ban two months ago today. And so far the reports on the change have been supportive.

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