City council to vote on smoking ban in Greenwood

Published 7:35 pm Friday, July 6, 2007

Greenwood City Council members will vote July 17 on an ordinance to ban smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places.

The council will hold a public hearing on the ordinance July 16 at city hall.

Pann Powers, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, told council members this week that the vote on the ordinance would promote good health.

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“We now have proof positive that smoking is not only harmful for those that smoke but also those that are subjected to the secondhand smoke. I can speak to that firsthand.

“My father was a heavy smoker; he died of emphysema and heart problems associated with smoking. My mother was not a smoker, but she lived with a smoker for 50 years and she died of cancer,” Power said.

If the ordinance is approved, Greenwood would join a growing number of cities — including Tupelo, Hattiesburg and Starkville — that have restricted smoking in public places.

“We know that smoking kills. We also know that it can ruin a good meal,” said Councilman David Jordan, who also is a member of the state Senate.