A smoking ban ordinance that was passed in early May goes into effect in Mississippi’s third-largest city today, bringing an end to being able to light up in public places, including bars and restaurants.
The Southaven Board of Aldermen voted 6-1 to enact the ordinance on May 6, which also creates a 15-foot no-smoking buffer zone from the entrance to places where smoking is now banned.
There is one exemption created in the bill for a particular cigar bar and lounge, as customers of Wadford’s Grill and Bar, will be able to keep lighting up on the cigar bar side of her business, which will be granted an exemption as a retail tobacco store. The full text of the ordinance can be found here, beginning on page 152.
Southaven has a population of just over 50,000 and is located in the northwest corner of the state. It is considered a suburb of Memphis, Tenn. since it is located just 15 miles south.