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Health Department wants to make Miss. smoke-free

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Health is the lead agency in a statewide campaign to educate residents about the dangers of secondhand smoke.

State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier said the goal of the 2-year campaign is to raise awareness and support a comprehensive statewide smoke-free air law.

Other Mississippi health advocate organizations are partnering with MSDH to help with the Smoke Free Air Mississippi campaign.

According to MSDH, smoking accounts for an estimated 5,250 premature deaths in Mississippi each year, including 550 deaths among nonsmokers as a result of secondhand smoke.

MSDH received a $2.9 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help with the campaign.

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