JACKSON, Miss -- Wiggins and Lucedale are the two newest cities to prevent you from smoking in public places and businesses. That is now 68 cities with ordinances in Mississippi. Roy Heart with the Mississippi Office of Tobacco control says those cities make up roughly 25 percent of the state.
“We believe that is necessary to pass a comprehensive smoke free air law for the state because that is the only way to ensure that all residence are able to breath healthy clean air,” said Heart.
He says the ordinances protect workers at restaurants and establishments where workers may not have the option for other types of employment.
“We’re not trying to take away any individuals rights in regards to using tobacco products. We just want to encourage individuals through this ordinances to choose not to use, and to make the health option the easiest option, and not smoke in public places where their second hand smoke can effect someone else’s health.”