- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - The Southaven Board of Aldermen has voted to ban smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/QdoAMP ) the city became the fourth in DeSoto County to pass an ordinance protecting the public from secondhand smoke indoors.

The board voted 6-1 Tuesday to outlaw smoking of tobacco products and e-cigarettes in public areas, such as restaurants, shops and offices.

Donna Wadford, the owner of Wadford’s, told the seven-member board that she worried that the ban would cause her to close her cigar bar.

But city leaders informed her that her cigar bar fell into the retail tobacco store category, and this was one of the few exceptions where smoking would be allowed under the ordinance.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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