Coalition applauds local smokefree town

From Press Reports

The Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Choctaw, Montgomery and Webster Counties congratulates the town of Mathiston for protecting the health of citizens from exposure to secondhand smoke through comprehensive smokefree air ordinances.

“It is important to recognize these cities because the smokefree air policies they have implemented are protecting all employees and customers in businesses and other public places from the extremely harmful effects of exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Roy Hart, director of the Office of Tobacco Control at the Mississippi State Department of Health. “These cities are leaders in this very important movement toward improving our state’s overall health status.”

The ordinance in Mathiston prohibits smoking in all businesses and workplaces.

“Seventy-eight percent of Mississippi voters support smokefree air policies. More Mississippians than ever now realize that creating smokefree environments is the only way to fully protect people against exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Verna Fleming, director of the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Choctaw, Montgomery and Webster Counties. “There is no downside to implementing comprehensive smokefree air policies.”

The local Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition works to educate all Mississippians on the dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke and the benefits of smokefree air.

For more information on how to help make one’s community smokefree or to contact the local Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition, visit