Smoking Policy Discussed

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Under former Meridian Mayor Jimmy Kemp, the city instituted a no-smoking policy in city-owned buildings and vehicles.

Now, representatives of the Partnership for a Healthy Lauderdale County have asked the Meridian City Council to change the policy to an ordinance.

"I've noticed that, when speaking to a group of fourth-graders about what they thought about tobacco," said Mary K. Covert, a youth member of the partnership, "and they said ‘I saw a police officer smoking and it was the same officer that rides in the DARE car.’"

The penalty for the first offense, if the ordinance were adopted, would be a written warning. The second would be a $100 fined and the third offense would be a $200 fine.

The city council has placed the request for the ordinance on its study agenda.