By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
PLANTERSVILLE – Plantersville will soon be a smoke-free town, joining the ranks of at least 64 other municipalities statewide including its neighbors, Tupelo and Verona.
The law goes into effect July 6.
“Many towns have passed a ban without any negative impact and we want to move toward healthy hometown initiatives,” said Plantersville Mayor Gloria Holland. “We just want Plantersville to be a healthy place to live.”
As of November 2012, 24.36 percent of the state’s population lived in smoke-free communities, according to the latest from Mississippi Tobacco Data.
The Plantersville Board of Aldermen voted unanimously June 6 to pass a resolution that mirrors many other cities’ smoking bans and will ban smoking in and near the entrances of public buildings.
The ordinance also bans smoking in workplaces, private clubs and private nursing home rooms.
Smoking will be allowed in private residences and outside as long as it is not in a public shelter, common area or sporting facility or within 15 feet of a public building entrance or playground.
The ban includes electronic cigarettes.
Eighty percent of the state’s population doesn’t smoke, according to the 2009 Mississippi Social Climate Survey of Tobacco Control.
The same survey shows 76 percent of residents believe work sites should be smoke free and 81 percent believe restaurants should be smoke free.
Of the 20 percent of Mississippi’s population that smokes, more than half said they support everyone’s right to breathe smoke-free air in restaurants.