Why It Matters

Secondhand smoke causes the premature death of approximately 690 residents in Louisiana each year. Service industry and gaming facility employees, along with musicians, breathe more secondhand smoke while at work than any other type of employee, and can suffer from many of the same illnesses as smokers. Each day, employees and musicians across New Orleans risk their lives to make a living in smoke-filled venues and no one should have to choose between their health and a paycheck.

A smoke-free law will protect the health of every resident in New Orleans by eliminating the exposure of secondhand smoke in bars and casinos. Everyone will breathe easier, and this will create safer, healthier environments for everyone who live, work, and visit New Orleans. Additionally, by adopting a comprehensive smoke-free law without any exceptions to stand-alone bars and gaming facilities, we can:

  • Save money allocated to health costs attributed to secondhand smoke.
  • Reduce the number of deaths caused by secondhand smoke.
  • Provide adequate workplace conditions for all employees.
  • Promote clean air and healthy behavior choices.
  • Improve public health conditions.
  • Lower healthcare premiums.