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Shreveport adopts ban on smoking in public places

Publication Date: 4/27/2005
  • Author:Associated Press
  • Publication:KLFY 10-Lafayette, LA
After wading through eight amendments and 16 votes, the Shreveport City Council has passed a ban on smoking in public buildings and restaurants that don't serve alcohol.

The ban takes effect in ten days and Mayor Keith Hightower says he has no plans to veto it...

Councilmen Jeff Hogan and Theron Jackson pushed for the ban based on the public health issue of secondhand smoke. Both sought a ban that would prohibit smoking in government buildings, public buildings such as shopping malls and offices, and in restaurants. Hogan feared the amendments would water down the intent of the smoking ban.