WLOX Editorial: Doctors lobby to make Mississippi smoke free

A petition drive is underway among Mississippi physicians to make Mississippi smoke free in most indoor, public places. According to the Mississippi State Medical Association, 82% of Mississippians favor a state law prohibiting smoking in most public places.

The Medical Association says even the majority of smokers agree to the need for a state law. Dr. Steve Demetropoulos, past president of the association, says pushing for the passage of a statewide smoking ban is the single most important thing physicians can do to improve the health of Mississippians. That's a pretty strong statement.

We support the physicians' petition drive and hope the state legislature will listen to the doctors.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com.

Rick Williams
WLOX-TV General Manager

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