Gulfport, Long Beach and the state Senate have looked at, or are currently looking at, a smoking ban in public places. We say, it's about time.
Right now our neighbors in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Arkansas all have smoking bans in restaurants and other public places. They are in the majority. About 26 states have gone smoke free, and those that haven't, in many cases, have cities or towns that have instituted their own smoking bans.
In our state, Starkville has taken the lead. In 2006, that city banned smoking in public places including workplaces and bars.
And it's not just in America. Even France, known for its smokey cafes, has recently snuffed out smoking in bars, restaurants and cafes.
Research shows that bans reduce the number of cigarettes people smoke, and can even push some people to quit. And it cuts down on the amount of second hand smoke we are all forced to breath each day.
The message is simple: banning smoking in public places makes us all healthier.
Please call your local and state leaders and let them know that you support their efforts to ban smoking in public places. With your help, we can make our community a healthier place to live.
That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to email@example.com.
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