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"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
Philip Morris


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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