Smoking ban proposed for Mississippi businesses

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Health advocates are renewing their push for a bill to ban smoking in all enclosed public places in Mississippi, including restaurants and casinos.

Their efforts have been unsuccessful the past several years, and some lawmakers still say they don’t want to tell businesses what to do on private property.

During a hearing Wednesday, Terry F. Pechacek of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told lawmakers that the 2010 surgeon general’s report said there’s no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Mike Cashion, director of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association, says customers should get to choose whether to eat at restaurants that allow smoking.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2514.