State consider smoke ban at casinos and bars

Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 5:46pm

The debate on banning smoking in bars and casinos could heat up again this legislative session.

The state campaign for tobacco-free living is pushing lawmakers to add those establishments to the list of places Louisiana residents can't light up.

Supporters say the ban is intended to protect workers and customers from second-hand smoke.

Under the current state law, bars and casinos are exempt from having to provide a smoke-free environment for their employees.

Some bar owners say the ban is not a bad idea.

State lawmakers rejected a similar bill Representative Gary Smith proposed last year.

Louisiana already prohibits smoking in restaurants, public buildings and places of employment.