Grenada council study smoking ban

No public smoking ban yet in the city of Grenada.

The city council decided after hearing from residents this week to study the issue some more.

In a nonbinding citywide vote in May, 70 percent of those voting said they wanted to ban smoking in public places.

Councilman Lewis Johnson says more time is needed to study similar ordinances from neighboring cities.

Supporters say the ordinance would make Grenada a healthier community.

Mayor Billy Collins says six months was too long to wait for the council to act.

City Attorney Mary Brown is gathering additional information to present to the council.

Collins says he is planning to call a special meeting to address the ban.

Dozens of cities across Mississippi have passed nonsmoking ordinances.