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  • New Orleans Clears the Air, Becomes a Leader in Public Health Advocacy with New Smoke-Free Ordinance

    Today, New Orleans exhibited its commitment to public safety and protecting the public’s health by implementing a historic smoke-free ordinance that protects all of the city’s residents, employees, entertainers and visitors.

    The unanimous passage of this ordinance, led by Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and Councilwoman Susan Guidry, has thrust New Orleans into the national spotlight as a leader in public health advocacy. Today, New Orleans joins eight Louisiana communities and more than 1,200 municipalities nationwide that have gone smoke-free. Additionally, the New Orleans ordinance has created a landslide effect across the state as other cities have taken notice and are considering similar ordinances. 

    In recognition of the historic nature of this ordinance passage, Healthier Air For All unveiled its monumental celebration piece today. The 50 foot wide by 128 foot tall “Inhale, Exhale, Repeat Safely” banner promotes New Orleans in a big way as a leader in public health advocacy and creates awareness of the city’s new smoke-free status. The promotion’s epic size further reiterates the fact that this ordinance is a huge step for the city and its leaders. The slogan echoes the health and public safety benefits the ordinance brings to our community, as well as reminds all who see it that we need not endure harm to live the New Orleans “lifestyle.” 



  • Increase Louisiana’s Tobacco Tax, Increase Our Health

    In a financial climate where budgets and funding streams for vital health programs and services are continually cut, Louisiana has an opportunity to both create new funding for the state, as well as promote the health of its residents by raising the tobacco tax by $1.18.

    Evidence strongly suggests that an increase in the state’s cigarette excise tax will lead to additional revenue, decreased smoking, and improved health for Louisiana, according to a newly published report from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), a program of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) and the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI). In fact, the 2002 cigarette tax increase of 36 cents resulted in a sharp decrease in cigarette pack consumption, leading to fewer purchases, more people quitting smoking, and an increase in revenue collected by the state.


  • New Orleans City Council Makes History Upon Unanimous Passage of a Comprehensive Smoke-Free Ordinance

    New Orleans, one of the South’s largest major tourist cities with a high-grossing land-based casino and more than 500 bars within the city limits, made history today by becoming the largest city in Louisiana to unanimously pass a comprehensive, 100 percent smoke-free ordinance.

    The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Louisiana (CTFLA) applauds and thanks the New Orleans City Council for their unanimous votes today in favor of protecting the health of all New Orleans employees by making all workplaces, including bars and gaming establishments, smoke-free.