Law | New Orleans, LA Introduces Smoking Ban

With IPCPR heading to New Orleans in 2015, smoking might be a little tougher than years past. A new ordinance that would ban smoking in bars and public places was read into record at the city council hearing yesterday, November 20, 2014. This is the first step in a legislative process.

According to Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell; the sponsor of the new ordinance, the new ordinance will go before the Community Development Committee in December. Additional hearings are scheduled so business can voice their opinions in the matter. She added that she hopes the new ordinance will be approved on March 1, 2015 which is four and a half months before the annual IPCPR Convention.

An ordinance to ban smoking in New Orleans bars and public places was read into the City Council record for the first time Thursday (Nov. 20), its first step in the legislative process.

Five years ago a similar attempt was defeated and this attempt as already spawned the creation of a group called the Freedom to Choose Coalition that hopes to have history repeat itself. Among the members of the of the group are the Louisiana Restaurant Association, French Quarter Business League, Louisiana Amusement and Music Operators Association, Louisiana Video Gaming Association, Louisiana Association of Wholesalers and Harrah’s Casino.

New Orleans, LA is home to 378,000 residents over 350 square miles and was founded in 1718.