Smoke-Free Week in New Orleans

by Jenny Novac on November 10, 2014


District B City councilwoman LaToya Cantrell in July 2014 proposed to introduce smoking ban in city bars starting from current autumn. Earlier, on August, there was adopted a statewide anti-smoking law in Louisiana, which prohibits smoking on college and university campuses. Thus Tulane University became obacco-free and Loyola University plans to become tobacco-free in 2015.

On November 6, in New Orleans took place a city council meeting on which Cantrell welcomed representatives from Dillard and Tulane universities and Delgado Community College. Cantrell told on the meeting it is great that now smoking is banned on campuses. New Orleans should go further and ban smoking in city’s public places. As to residents, the vast majority of them supports the ban.

In collaboration with American Public Health Association’s (APHA) there will be organized Smoke-Free Week in New Orleans. In summer 2014 took place its first edition which was successful. In the course of the week people will be informed about the effects of secondhand smoke exposure.

The Smoke-Free Week begins on November 12 with a press conference at City Hall, where there will be announced plans for the citywide smoke-free ordinance, which is going to be introduced this month.

Smoking ban proposed by  Cantrell received support from city Mayor Mitch Landrieu and council men James Gray and Susan Guidry. However, some council men consider that business owners should decide by themselves to ban smoking in their bars or not. Also there was proposed the idea to increase cigarette taxes and use these money for social needs.

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