New Orleans Bars Make Smokers Step-Outside For One Week

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Bars across New Orleans are going smoke free. It’s a movement Louisiana smokers may have to get used to.

For one week starting Monday, more than one hundred bars across New Orleans are asking smokers to smoke someplace else.

This smoke-free campaign supports the Healthier Air for All initiative which promotes changing laws in support of smoke-free environments.

Advocates say other states experienced a smooth transition switching to smoke free laws.

“New York city is gone smoke free,” says Anne Nguyen, aide to Councilmember LaToya Cantrell. “Austin has gone smoke free. Seattle has gone smoke free and they’ve seen nothing but positive results.”

A “smoke free” town-hall discussion is Wednesday at Carrollton Station from 3:20 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The final party is Friday at the Maple Leaf beginning at 3 p.m., where they plan to be 100%smoke-free by this fall.