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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Oxford joins list of towns in banning smoking in public areas

OXFORD, Miss. Oxford has become the fourth northeast Mississippi city to ban smoking in public places. The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the ordinance yesterday (Tuesday) that will end smoking in all indoor spaces except residences and tobacco stores. Starkville was the first city in the area to ban smoking in most public places, followed by Tupelo and Mantachie. Smokers in Oxford now have less than 30 days to indulge their taste for tobacco at bars, restaurants and other indoor venues where smoking has traditionally been allowed. The ban also includes such outdoor areas as stadiums, arenas and amphitheaters. Bars and restaurants with outdoor areas must reserve at least 50 percent of such areas for nonsmokers. Individuals violating the ordinance are subject to a first-time fine of 50 dollars and a 250-dollar fine on subsequent offenses.

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