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Proposal could force all Louisiana bars and gaming facilities to go smoke-free

Publication Date: 2018-04-03
  • Author:Maria Clark
  • Publication:The Times-Picayune

It's been three years since a smoking ban cleared the air in New Orleans' bars and entertainment venues. Now, a proposal could expand the ban statewide.

A measure that will be introduced Tuesday (April 3) by Representative Dustin Miller calls for a statewide comprehensive smoke-free policy that would make all workplaces, including bars, casinos and gaming facilities smoke-free.

The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act, which went into effect in January 2007 prohibits smoking in most public places and workplaces, including all restaurants with or without attached bars. But it does not protect employees in bars and gaming facilities...