Gluckstadt aldermen pass smoking ban
GLUCKSTADT — An ordinance that bans smoking in all workplaces and public buildings was approved unanimously Tuesday night.
Linda Jordan-Jefferson, project director for the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition, which serves Madison, Yazoo, and Holmes counties, was present at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to speak for the ban.
Rhonda Shirley, government relations director for the Partnership for Healthy Mississippi program, was present as well to support the move.
Mayor Walter Morrison said Jefferson and Shirley contacted him about the smoking ban and asked if he understood that Gluckstadt was the only place in Madison County where smoking was allowed inside public buildings.
“These two ladies called and asked if I could fix that,” Morrison said. “I want to recognize you and let you educate us further.”
Shirley explained the many health risks of second-hand smoke and said second-hand smoke is the third most preventable cause of death in the country.
“Each year, about 550 Mississippians die from exposure to second-hand smoke,” Shirley said. “It contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds, several of which are known to cause cancer in humans.”
Shirley went on to explain how important it is for counties to pass non-smoking ordinances to protect more people from the harmful chemicals.
Jordan-Jefferson urged the board to adopt the ordinance.
The motion was made by Alderman John Taylor and seconded by Jayce Powell.