The Magnolia State received all failing grades when it comes to protecting Mississippians from tobacco smoke.
According to the American Lung Association's "State of Tobacco" report, one of the area's the state received an "F" in is "smoke-free" air. Consequently, the group "Smoke Free Mississippi" is encouraging owners of public places, like restaurants to ban smoking in their businesses.
Medical studies prove that second-hand smoke carries as many toxic chemicals as smoke directly inhaled.
"Over the last year there have been 4,000 cancer deaths tied to second hand smoke, over 46,000 heart attack deaths tied to second hand smoke and these folks are innocent bystanders, so it's important for us as a community to rally around the idea that we need to create smoke free environments," said Dr. Herman Taylor, the head researcher for the Jackson Heart Study.
Jeff Good, the owner of Bravo, Broad Street and Sal and Mookies says all of his restaurants are smoke-free. Bravo has actually achieved record sales since smoking was prohibited in the restaurant in 2009.
Members of Smoke Free Mississippi want the state legislature to pass a comprehensive law protecting Mississippians from second-hand smoke.
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