Health leaders urge state legislature to raise legal buying age for tobacco products to 21
Posted on 9/12/2018 3:49:00 AM.

Three major medical leaders are calling on the state legislature to raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21. The presidents of the Orleans and Jefferson Parish Medical Societies along with Smoking Cessation Trust CEO Mike Rodgers are behind the effort. Rodgers says raising the legal age from 18 to 21 could prevent thousands from smoking.
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Smoking now banned in Lafayette bars
Posted on 8/1/2017 11:51:00 AM.

As of today, smoking is no longer permitted in Lafayette bars. Robin McMillan owns McMillan’s Pub in Lafayette, and she’s afraid the new ordinance will affect her business since about 80 percent of her patrons are smokers. She says they may start going to other bars because the smoking ban is only within the city limits.

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Should smoking age be 21? West Monroe lawmaker asks state to find out
Posted on 6/27/2017 1:36:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting. 
A House Resolution out of the recent legislative session calls for the State Health Department to study the feasibility of increasing the age to purchase tobacco products to 21. It’s by West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman who says one of the things they want the state to examine is the impact of being more mature before you can buy smokes.
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Vaping may not be the best way to quit smoking
Posted on 6/25/2017 6:48:00 AM.

Vaping may not be the best way to kick your cigarette habit, according to experts at Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge. Physician assistant with the hospital’s smoking cessation program, Josselin Carter, says vaping can end up being a substitution for the same habit because many juices contain nicotine.

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ALA: Louisiana failing in ways to prevent tobacco use
Posted on 1/25/2017 12:08:00 PM.

The American Lung Association’s annual State of Tobacco Control report finds Louisiana is failing in efforts to reduce tobacco use. An estimated 22% of Louisiana adults smoke.

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Report: Louisiana ranks 5th for smoking-related cancer deaths
Posted on 10/25/2016 11:46:00 AM.

Louisiana ranks fifth in the country when it comes to the percentage of cancer deaths that are attributable to smoking, according to research from the American Cancer Society. The percentage is 33-percent and it's higher for men.  Chronic Disease Director with the Louisiana Department of Health, Melissa Martin, says LDH is doing what they can to reduce the number of smokers. She says that starts with preventing kids from picking up the habit.

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WalletHub: Smoking related expenses are lowest in Louisiana
Posted on 1/20/2016 5:34:00 AM.
According to an analysis by the personal finance website WalletHub, it costs less to smoke in Louisiana than in any other state. The report, The True Cost of Smoking By State, finds one resident in Louisiana spends about $24,000 a year in smoking-related costs. 
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Louisiana ranks as least healthy state in the country
Posted on 12/10/2015 10:49:00 AM.
The United Health Foundation's annual America's Health Rankings lists Louisiana as the least healthy state in the country.  United Health Foundation's Rhonda Russell says Louisiana fell two spots from last year.  
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Report shows Louisiana does a poor job of helping prevent people from smoking
Posted on 12/9/2015 5:12:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids issued its annual report card on how states are doing with efforts in keeping young people from smoking, and Louisiana gets a failing grade. 
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LSU campus going smoke free this fall
Posted on 5/19/2014 2:12:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
LSU's main campus will be implementing a tobacco free policy by August 1st. LSU professor Judith Sylvester lead the committee charged with establishing the policy. Campus police won't be able to write tickets for people who smoke, but Sylvester says the first step of making this a reality is to change the campus culture.
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