Friars Point bans smoking in bars, restaurants

FRIARS POINT, Miss. (AP) — Friars Point has banned smoking in bars and restaurants. Mayor Kat Miller says three bars and one restaurant are affected, though the restaurant may have banned smoking on its own.

She tells The Clarksdale Press Register (http://bit.ly/JTusYI ) that the town of 1,200 had been working on the proposal before she became mayor.

The Mississippi Department of Health is giving the town a $5,000 grant for health promotion.

Wilhelmenia Newson, the project director of Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition for Coahoma and Tunica counties, began lobbying for the ordinance last year.

Miller says the grant will be used to make flyers explaining the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke.

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Information from: The Clarksdale Press Register.

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