Second hand smoke dangers addressed in Hattiesburg

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The dangers of second hand smoke were discussed Wednesday before a packed crowd at Forrest General Hospital's Live Well center in Hattiesburg.

The State Department of Health is hosting educational meetings across the state to inform the public about the dangers of second hand smoke exposure, particularly in the workplace.

Speakers at the Hattiesburg event included a business owner, cardiologist and representative from Smokefree Air Mississippi. That is a state program working to spread the message that no level of exposure to second hand smoke is safe. Emily Wilson is a field coordinator with the organization.

Wilson said, "There are many cities and towns who have 100% ordinances and then partial ordinances. And then just last month Delta State went tobacco free, it would be our first university. So we are hoping other universities catch on with that."

Hattiesburg already has a smoke free ordinance, which was implemented in 2007. Research points to fewer heart attack admissions in the Hub City following the ordinance.

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