It might become illegal to smoke down in the Louisiana Bayou, specifically in Terrebonne Parish if a proposed ordinances passes.
At its Tuesday meeting, on September 23rd, 2014 the Parish Council will introduce an ordinance to make it illegal to smoke tobacco.
According to Parish President, Michel Claudet, “We have been continuing to try to work on areas that we feel can make a substantial difference. One of which is we’re trying to get some healthy initiatives where people will become more active. But another thing, it’s obvious the detrimental health effects that you have from smoking”
If passed, tobacco will be band at places such as City Hall, Fire Departments, Houma Police Department, Houma Police Emergency Response Office, Office of Homeland Security, Transit Department and more. Violators will be subject to misdemeanor criminal charges.
Terrebonne Parrish is home to just under 112,000 residents over 2080 square miles and was founded in 1822.
UPDATE 10/9/14: Beginning April 1, 2015 the above law will go into effect. Workers who violate the new law will face disciplinary measures that could result in termination. Non-Employees will be subject to misdemeanor criminal charges.