Everyone Needs Smokefree Air

Let's Reopen Smokefree!

Smokefree Louisiana

Now is the time to speak up!

Encourage businesses to reopen smokefree.

Louisiana leaders have formed multiple task forces asking for recommendations for Louisiana’s economic recovery as a result of COVID-19. A statewide database is being compiled of recommendations that will be presented to the group for their final report. NOW is the time to reopen ALL Louisiana businesses as smokefree.

Please write to your community business leaders and let them know you support smokefree workplaces. Tell them while we are protecting workers from COVID-19, we should protect EVERY Louisiana worker from deadly secondhand smoke. By doing so, we help save taxpayer dollars and SAVE LIVES. 

Let's Reopen Smokefree

Louisiana currently ranks last in America’s healthcare outcomes.

Louisiana is one of the top smoking states (per capita) in America, the consequences of which we pay for in tax dollars, chronic illness, and deaths associated with smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.

Unfortunately, Louisiana has a statewide smokefree law protecting some, but not all, Louisiana employees. That law took effect in January of 2007, but it exempts establishments where employees are most exposed to secondhand smoke, including bars, casinos, hotel rooms, nursing homes, veterans' homes, and more. Since that time, numerous Louisiana municipalities including New Orleans, East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and others have passed comprehensive ordinances to protect ALL employees from deadly secondhand smoke. Read more about the gaps in smokefree protections for Louisiana.

It’s time for EVERY employee in Louisiana to have a smokefree workplace, and now is the perfect time for Louisiana businesses, including casinos, to go smokefree

MOMENTUM IS BUILDING FOR A SMOKEFREE LOUISIANA 

Protecting the health and safety of Louisiana workers and citizens through building local coalitions and supporting local policies for smokefree air is imperative to ensuring health equity and decreasing health disparities in communities across Louisiana.  
Southwest Louisiana, Shreveport, and Jefferson Parish are actively engaging communities, businesses, universities, hospitals, community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations on the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and ways to protect communities.
This work is building support and momentum for a SmokeFree Louisiana.