Pascagoula Considers Smoking Ordinance

Pascagoula Considers Smoking Ordinance

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. -

(AP) - Pascagoula's City Council is considering a no-smoking ordinance.

Two public hearings have been scheduled this month to gather information and opinions on such an ordinance, which could affect workplaces, restaurants and bars.

The hearings will be held April 16 at the beginning of the regular City Council meeting and April 18 at the Pascagoula Senior Center.

Pascagoula's Community and Economic Development Director Jen Dearman said her office will receive comments on the topic until April 26, and then the department will review them before the council votes on an ordinance.

Mississippi Tobacco Data, a group that provides services for the Mississippi Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program, says the state is one of seven that does not have a statewide restriction on smoking in private workplaces, restaurants or bars.

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