Meridian Star

November 15, 2013

Philadelphia considers ban on smoking

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — The Philadelphia Board of Alderman has asked its attorney to prepare a proposed ordinance to ban smoking in commercial buildings inside the city limits.

    Officials tell The Neshoba Democrat that the proposal is the result of a meeting with members of Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition.

    Mayor James A. Young says the proposed ordinance would ban smoking inside buildings and within 15-feet of the front doors.

    Young says city attorney Robert Thomas is expected to present the ordinance to aldermen on Nov. 19. If approved, the city would advertise the ordinance for a month before it would go into effect.

    MTFC — a division of the Mississippi State Department of Health — is pushing for ordinances across the state. The group says 67 towns and cities have smoking bans.