Mississippi does not regulate smoking in private workplaces, with the exception of childcare facilities. However, several counties and municipalities have passed local ordinances restricting smoking and the use of e-cigarettes.
However, nothing in state law precludes an employer from establishing policies restricting or prohibiting smoking or use of tobacco products in its facilities or on its grounds.
Public workplaces. Smoking is prohibited inside any building owned, leased, occupied, or operated by the state, a public authority or agency, or any other unit of state and local government, nor near entrances to such buildings (MS Code Sec. 29-5-161).
Public schools. State law prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products in school buildings, on school grounds, at school-sponsored activities, and at sporting events involving people under the age of 18 (MS Code Sec. 97-32-29; 41-114-1).
Exceptions. Noninstructional areas of state colleges and state veterans' homes may allow smoking in designated areas.
Signage. Employers or building managers must conspicuously post "Smoking" and "No Smoking" signs as appropriate.