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Drive under way to create 'smoke-free' bars, casinos

Publication Date: 2010-01-16
  • Author:Stephen Largen
  • Publication:Monroe News-Star

Group wants new state law to extend ban

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living wants a new state law that would extend the current ban on smoking in most public places and restaurants to include bars and casinos.

But a leader of the Louisiana Restaurant Association says passing a full smoking ban bill through the Legislature is unlikely, and in the meantime, the state's restaurants are playing on an uneven field against bars and casinos that can serve food and allow smoking.

TFL, funded by a state excise tax on tobacco passed in 2002, is holding events throughout the state this week celebrating the three-year anniversary of enactment of the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act and attempting to encourage bars and casinos to go smoke free.

The events included a Wednesday night event at Coda Bar and Grill in Monroe, the only smoke-free bar in the region.