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.