Preemption Repeal in Louisiana: On the Brink
Publication Date: 4/17/2003
Now is the time for state legislators to unite and stand up to the tobacco industry by saying YES to Senate Bill 901, YES to restoring local control, and YES to protecting nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. In 1993, the Louisiana Legislature took a big step backwards by uniting with Big Tobacco. That was the year that the state legislature passed a law that stripped away the ability of local communities to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. A decade has passed in which Louisianans were needlessly subjected to the death and disease caused by secondhand smoke. That is ten years too long. Fortunately, Senate Bill 901 has been introduced- a bill that would restore local control to your communities, allowing them to pass community-wide laws that protect workers, residents and visitors from secondhand smoke.
Big Tobacco opposes local smokefree laws because, once enacted, they prove popular and spread from community to community, leading to healthier people and lower social acceptance of smoking. Local laws allow for greater public education and support, are easier to implement, and result in higher compliance. More than 1,600 local jurisdictions around the country have enacted clean indoor air laws, with 243 providing for completely smokefree workplaces, restaurants, and/or bars.
Please ask Louisiana legislators to restore local control by supporting Senate Bill 901. Tell them to put the health of Louisiana ahead of tobacco industry profits.
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