"The anti-smoking movement has become more sophisticated in its efforts to enact bans and restrictions on smoking.... They have adopted a 'Pac-man' strategy where they attempt to gobble up one community at a time.... The 'Pac-man' strategy makes sense for the antis because it is easier for a group of extremists to have an impact on the local level than in larger jurisdictions.... The solution to 'Pac-man' is statewide pre-emption."Tina Walls
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
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.
Louisiana's 2018 Legislative Session: March 12 - June 5
There aren't any legislative summaries for this state at this time. Please check back.
- 2/4/2019Preemption Watch Bill Tracking Summary
- 2/4/2011What's happening in the U.S. Territories and Commonwealths?
- 4/3/2018Proposal could force all Louisiana bars and gaming facilities to go smoke-free
- 10/13/2017State lawmakers choose winners and losers through preemption
- 7/6/2017Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won't Let Them.
- 5/10/2017The Threat of Super-Preemption
- 3/6/2017Preemption Prevents Innovation
- 2/21/2017City Rights in an Era of Preemption: A State-by-State Analysis
- 2/2/2017Red State, Blue City
- 1/5/2017GOP aims to rein in liberal cities
- 9/9/2016How ALEC, ACCE, and Preemption Laws are Gutting the Powers of American Cities
- 8/22/2016Blue Cities, Red States
- 6/28/2016Colorado Preemptions of Local Government: The Need for the Colorado Community Rights Amendment
- 6/23/2016State and Local Comprehensive Smoke-Free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars--United States, 2015
- 4/6/2016From Fracking Bans To Paid Sick Leave: How States Are Overruling Local Laws
- 4/1/2016Growing Southern cities are increasingly targets of state pre-emption
- 3/25/2016Beyond North Carolina's LGBT Battle: States' War on Cities
- 2/4/2016Corporate Interests Take Aim at Local Democracy
- 8/6/2015Blowing the Whistle on ALEC's Little Brother ACCE
- 7/7/2015Four Ways ALEC Tried to Ruin Your State this Year
- 5/17/2015Say no: States increasingly blocking cities and counties from imposing mandates on businesses
- 5/8/2015State lawmakers hate federal meddling even as they preempt local government
- 3/30/2015The ALEC-Backed War on Local Democracy
- 2/23/2015Govern Yourselves, State Lawmakers Tell Cities, but Not Too Much
- 1/5/2014Editorial: Bars, clubs should have clean air
- 6/18/2013Jindal signs college smoking ban into law
- 6/6/2013Bill barring smoking near entrances of state-owned buildings stalls in Legislature
- 5/23/2012Louisiana Senate rejects smoking ban extension
- 4/17/2012Expanded no-smoking zones passed by House
- 4/17/2012La. smoking ban may get stricter
- 4/4/2012House panel supports bill to expand smoking ban
- 2/29/2012Smoking within 25 feet of doorways or windows would be banned under bills
- 6/2/2011Senate rejects smoking ban for Louisiana bars
- 4/2/2011EDITORIAL: Ban smoking in bars, clubs
- 3/18/2011No-smoking advocates pushing for ban to include Louisiana's bars and casinos
- 5/26/2010Committee rejects smoking ban bill
- 5/13/2010La. bill to make bars, casinos smoke-free advances
- 5/6/2010 Casino smoking ban rejected by House committee
- 4/30/2010Senate Bills Ban Smoking in Bars
- 3/30/2010Proposed Legislation To Ban Smoking In Louisiana Bars
- 3/14/2010Let's strengthen La. smoking law
- 2/5/2010State Preemption of Local Smoke-Free Laws in Government Work Sites, Private Work Sites, and Restaurants United States, 2005-2009
- 1/16/2010Drive under way to create 'smoke-free' bars, casinos
- 7/7/2009LTE: State missed chance to snuff out smoking
- 6/9/2009Second smoking ban bill fizzles out
- 6/3/2009House rejects ban on smoking in bars, casinos
- 5/26/2009Jindal doesn't support ban on smoking in bars, but won't veto it if it passes
- 5/19/2009Bill would ban smoking in La. bars
- 4/24/2009Louisiana lawmakers look to extend ban on smoking in bars
- 6/27/2008Governor Bobby Jindal Signs Bills into Law
- 6/12/2008Senate panel blocks bid to toughen restrictions on smoking
- 6/5/2008Smoking Ban Passes House
- 3/24/2008New Orleans lawmaker wants to raise legal smoking age to 21
- 1/28/2008Smoking ban helped, hurt some restaurants
There aren't any press releases for this state at this time. Please check back.
State Specific Resources
- 12/16/2003Louisiana Brochure: It's Your Right To Breathe Clean Air: Take It Back
- 12/16/2003Louisiana Push-Card: Back Page
- 12/16/2003Louisiana Push-Card: Front Page
- 2/9/2004Tobacco Industry Spent Thousands to Lobby LA Politicians in First Half of 2003
- 2/9/2004Breathe Easy in the Big Easy
- 3/1/2004Answering Tough Questions About Local Control and Clean Indoor Air
- 3/3/2004Thank you Louisiana Legislature
- 3/3/2004Who's controlling the air you breathe?