New Orleans Smoking Ban Sets Example for South, Advocates Say

April 23, 2015 2:04 PM

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New Orleans Smoking Ban Sets Example for South, Advocates Say

When New Orleans told bar patrons to stub out their cigarettes this week, the city joined a growing number of spots across the country that have banned smoking in bars and restaurants. But the bans are much less common in the South—making New Orleans a pioneer that public health advocates hope will serve as an example for nearby cities and states, where people are still accustomed to lighting up at the bar.

“Unfortunately, with all the progress we’ve made in this country on smoke-free air over the last over 20 years, the Southeast United States has been a holdout at the state and local level,” said Chris Bostic, deputy director for policy at Action on Smoking & Health. “New Orleans, one of the bigger c...

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