By Sue Bradley,2014-07-08 10:17
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    It’s Business Smart

    A statewide smoke free indoor workplace law will protect Mississippi employees from the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure, save thousands of lives and benefit the state’s economy and taxpayers by saving millions on health care costs, insurance, maintenance and other costs of secondhand smoke exposure.

    Regulating secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace is no different from other laws and regulations that protect employees and customers from potentially dangerous conditions:

    ; Airplanes are smoke free to protect airline employees and passengers from exposure to

    secondhand smoke.

    ; Sanitary guidelines for food production, storage and serving in the food industry ensure the

    safety of employees and consumers.

    Without a comprehensive smoke free indoor workplace law, all Mississippians are forced to pay for a business owner’s decision to allow smoking:

    ; $719 million each year in health care costs directly caused by smoking

    ; $216 million covered by the State’s Medicaid program

    ; $552 per household in federal and state tax burden from smoking-caused government


    ; $1.49 billion in smoking-caused productivity losses in Mississippi

    Smoke free policies do not adversely affect business and actually save them money:

    ; Numerous studies of objective data-including analysis of hospitality tax revenue in Mississippi

     show that when cities go smoke free it does not adversely impact bars and restaurants.

    ; According to an Environmental Protection Agency report, smoke free businesses ultimately

    save money on health care costs, insurance, maintenance and other direct or indirect costs of

    secondhand smoke.

    ; According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking and

    secondhand smoke cost $92 billion in productivity losses each year.

    ; Analyses of tax revenues from Mississippi communities with smoke-free laws clearly

    demonstrated that none of these communities experienced a decline in sales tax revenue from

    restaurants and hotels after enacting these laws

    The rights of business owners should not result in significant costs to Mississippi taxpayers. Now is the time for lawmakers to protect the health, pocketbooks and well-being of Mississippi taxpayers, employees and customers.

     Smoke-Free Mississippi is a broad coalition of organizations who believe all Mississippians deserve to breathe smoke-free air.

    We support a comprehensive, statewide smoke-free indoor workplace law to protect

    Mississippians from the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure in all workplaces.

    All employees should be protected from exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace.

    There is no safe level of secondhand smoke everyone deserves to breathe smoke-free air!

    American Cancer Society North Sunflower Medical Center, Ruleville American Heart Association North Mississippi State Hospital American Lung Association Noxubee Civic Center

    The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi Olive Branch Family YMCA

    American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network Pathway Planning

    Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Paul LaCoste Sports

    Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation Plymouth Tube Company

    Mississippi State Department of Health RC Construction

    Mississippi State Board of Health Safe Kids Mississippi

    Airgas Sharkey - Issaquena Health Network American Academy of Pediatrics, MS Chapter Shaw Health Council

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Southern Mississippi Area Health Education Center A Taste of Chicago, Moorhead Stars in Motion, Southaven

    Baptist Hospital N. MS, Oxford State Bank

    Bear's Deli Stepp-Saver Pharmacy, Bruce

    Bear's Fitness St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson

    Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation St. Gabriel Mercy Center Inc. - Mound Bayou Boerner Law Firm Tri-Lakes Medical Center, Batesville Brain Injury Association of Mississippi Triple Stop Service Stations

    Brookhaven Ear, Nose and Throat USM College of Health

    City of Grenada, Mayor Billy Collins USM Institute for Disability Studies

     Chandler Pharmacy, Calhoun City

    Faith Based Organizations: CMI Families First Resource Center MS Baptist Convention Board Consulting Solutions, Inc MS Baptist Convention Christian Action Commission Delta Health Alliance Assemblies of God State HQ Delta Health Partners Healthy Start Initiative/Tougaloo College Bishop Duncan Gray III, Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi Downtown Jackson Partners Delta Missions Outreach Ministry Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses Association John Perkins Foundation Eupora Head Start Mississippi Faith Based Coalition, Inc Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center Mission Mississippi Grenada Lions Club 100 Concerned Clergy Humphreys County Health Network United Christian Brotherhood Information and Quality Healthcare United Pentecostal Church, MS District Itawamba Community College We Will Go Ministries Jackson State University Brown Missionary Baptist Church, Southaven Jeffries Interiors, Bruce Calvary United Methodist Church, New Albany Landmark Real Estate, Magee Emmanuel Baptist Church, Macon Leflore-Carroll County American Cancer Society Flowery Mount M.B. Church M. Land Company, Inc. First Baptist Church, Mathiston Mississippi Area Health Education Center God Cares Ministries, DeKalb MS Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Holiness Church of Christ Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians Liberty Hill A.M.E. Church Mississippi Alliance for School Health Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Macon Mississippi Area Health Education Center Neshoba Baptist Church Mississippi Hospital Association New Horizon Church, Jackson Mississippi Municipal League New Living Way C.F. Church, Greenville Mississippi Nurses Association Oak Grove Missionary Baptist , Preston Mississippi Nurses Foundation Oak Hill Baptist Church, Hernando Mississippi Primary Health Care Association Paradise Baptist Church, Senatobia Mississippi Psychiatric Association Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Meridian Mississippi Public Health Association Smith Chapel M.B. Church Mississippi School Nurses Association St. Peter Church, Pace Miskelly's Furniture Walk of Faith Covenant Church, Mound Bayou Municipality of Calhoun City, Mayor J.R. Denton

    NAPA Auto Parts

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