Philadelphia Considering Smoking Ordinance

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Philadelphia, Miss.

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

Mayor James 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 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.