Smoking Bans in Cities
Smoking bans in public places may be becoming less controversial as the studies about secondhand smoke come in. CBS News reported today on a study regarding a workplace ban on smoking in Pueblo, Colorado. Reportedly, there was a 41 percent reduction in heart attack hospitalizations three years after a workplace ban went into effect.
I’ve concluded that anyone who smokes is either stupid or addicted to tobacco – and for the record I was stupid for about 15 years of my life. The reason that I say that is that no (non-stupid) person would choose to smoke given the overwhelming evidence of its harmful effects. The only other reason for smoking is that the person is addicted. I know that sounds harsh, but can anyone give a sound reason for smoking? Having said that, as long as smoking is legal and does not harm others, who can argue with another’s “right” to smoke? Certainly not me.
Here’s a list of cities in Mississippi and their smoking ban status:
Gulfport, May 1, 2008.
Grenada, May, 2008.
Corinth, November 2007 Board of Aldermen adopted a public smoking ban that encompasses city-owned facilities, enclosed public places, employment places and some outdoor areas.
Greenville, banned in all indoor public places, including restaurants and bars
Lucedale, December, 2007, rejected a ban on smoking in all enclosed workplaces
Oxford, banned in all indoor public places, including bars, restaurants, and city buildings. Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor areas.
Tupelo, October 2006 banned in all indoor public places, including restaurants and bars.