Smoking restriction bill pulled by House Health & Welfare Committee
Posted on 4/12/2018 2:32:00 PM.
The House Health and Welfare committee heard hours of testimony on a statewide smoking ban that would include casinos and bars.  The bill by Opelousas Democrat Dustin Miller was voluntarily yanked, so he can work on the language of the measure. If passed it would virtually ban smoking in just about every public building in the state.
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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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Smoking ban to take effect in Lafayette
Posted on 7/31/2017 5:03:00 AM.

Beginning tomorrow, smoking will no longer be permitted at bars in Lafayette, as a ban approved by the city-parish council goes into effect. CEO of the Smoking Cessation Trust Mike Rogers calls the new ordinance a victory. He hopes this will help more people kick their smoking habit.

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Smoking Cessation Trust enrollment rises
Posted on 7/13/2015 10:46:00 AM.
The Smoking Cessation Trust saw its highest monthly enrollment in June with over 2,000 Louisianians signing up for its free smoking cessation program.  CEO Mike Rogers attributes the jump in soon-to-be ex-smokers, in part, to the state's 50-cent tax increase for a pack of cigarettes.  
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Smoking now prohibited in bars in New Orleans, is Lafayette next?
Posted on 4/22/2015 4:41:00 AM.
Smoking is no longer permitted in bars, casinos and most public places in New Orleans as the Big Easy's new smoke free ordinance went into effect at midnight. Founding Dean of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, Dr. Elizabeth Fontham, says it should have a positive effect on tourism.
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Could the rest of the state follow New Orleans' ban on public smoking?
Posted on 1/22/2015 3:29:00 PM.
The New Orleans City Council has approved a ban on smoking in bars and casinos, so could we see the Louisiana legislature pass a similar law that would impact the entire state. West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman says a statewide ban on smoking in bars and gambling halls is something legislators might consider.
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New Orleans City Council approves public smoking ban
Posted on 1/22/2015 12:53:00 PM.
The New Orleans City Council has unanimously approved a controversial ordinance that prohibits smoking in bars and casinos.  

Claudia Rodas, with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, is in favor of the ordinance, which will go into effecdt in 90 days.  She says it will protect bar and casino workers from the dangers of second hand smoke.
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