Laurel may become smoke-free

Laurel may soon join Hattiesburg as a smoke-free city.

Members of the American Cancer Society recently held a meeting with local business owners in Laurel to discuss the potential benefits of banning smoking in public places.

American Cancer Society representative Lillie Willis said only three businesses in the city responded and showed concern for the smoking ban. Willis said 90 percent of businesses in Laurel are already smoke free.