New Orleans bans smoking at Gambling Halls


Posted on the 2nd of February 2015

New Orleans bans smoking at Gambling Halls

On Friday the 30th of January 2014. Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed into law a new ordinance making it illegal to smoke inside bars, gambling halls, stadiums and hotels in New Orleans. The original bill required smokers to stand at least 25 feet away, but the new bill which takes effect in 3 months, outlaws smoking all together. While proponents of the bill have called it a humanitarian, public safety and health issue, and have stated that this new law will protect thousands of service workers and entertainers from breathing in secondhand smoke, opponents of the bill have argued that such a ban is going to negatively affect their income stream. Places exempt from the new law include; parks, patios, sidewalks, outdoor shopping malls, garages and tobacco/hookah/vape businesses.

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