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Bill would ban smoking in La. bars, casinos, restaurants

Publication Date: 5/25/2005
  • Author:DOUG SIMPSON, AP
  • Publication:The Advocate
Cigar and cigarette smoking would be banned in bars, restaurants and virtually all other indoor public areas in Louisiana, under a bill passed by a Senate committee Wednesday.

The measure will face strong opposition from the restaurant and liquor lobbies, plus the gambling industry, because the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee also added an amendment that would ban smoking in casinos. Sen. Rob Marionneaux, the bill's sponsor, said he was partly led to introduce it after he was told to leave a bar in California because he was smoking a cigar.

"If the backward state of California can ban smoking in barrooms, then the great state of Louisiana can get on board," said Marionneaux, D-Livonia.