This week Biloxi Councilwoman Lucy Denton tabled her smoking ban proposal. She said the reason was she didn't have enough votes to get it passed. And she asked the people of Biloxi to reach out to their council members and ask them to support the measure.
Denton's plan is to bring the smoking ban proposal back up when it has enough votes to pass. It is our hope that every Biloxi resident do what Councilwoman Denton suggests. Tell your leaders you want your city to join other smoke free cities that have taken the stand to have a healthier community and not allow smoking in restaurants.
You can't escape the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics about just how deadly smoking and second hand smoke can be. Each year there are 443,000 deaths due to smoking and of those more than 49 thousand are caused by second hand smoke.
And, you can't escape the fact that our community would become healthier if Biloxi became the latest South Mississippi city to become smoke free. We certainly hope that Biloxi leaders hear the call and pass a smoking ban.
That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org, or post your comments below.
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