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"Local actions by communities has been proven to be effective in enforcing youth access legislation and reducing tobacco use among young persons. However, the tobacco industry has been equally successful in weakening local control and community involvement through state laws containing preemption provisions."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, November 3, 1995


All Louisiana workplaces and restaurants are 100% smokefree as of January 1, 2007. The 2006 law also fully restored local control to give local governments the ability to expand smokefree protections in their communities for other public places not covered by the state law, such as bars. This was a major victory and step forward for public health in Louisiana. Read Louisiana's 100% smokefree law.

For information on Louisiana's smokefree law, visit Tobacco Free Living.
For information on how to report a violation, call 1-866-426-4835.

Between 1993 and 2003, Louisiana preempted the right to local control of smokefree laws. In 2003, the legislature partially preemption to allow local laws that restrict smoking in indoor public places that do not hold liquor licenses. As a result, a number of Louisiana communities adopted strong smokefree laws. In 2006, the Louisiana Smokefree Air Act fully restored local control on smokefree air issues. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Louisiana.

Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.

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