Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April

Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April


THIS IS WDSU NEWS AT 4:00. THE CLOCK IS NOW TAKING FOR THE NEW ORLEANS SMOKING BAN TO GO INTO EFFECT. MITCH LANDRIEU PUT HIS SIGNATURE ON IT. IT BARS — BARS AND HOTELS MUST CLEAR OUT THERE SMOKING — THEIR SMOKING EQUIPMENT. I TRIED TO STRIKE A BALANCE. WE HOPE WE HAVE ACHIEVED IT. THIS DOESN’T GO INTO EFFECT FOR 90 DAYS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE IT OPERATES AS IT WAS DESIGNED. THE BAND HAS HAD ITS FAIR SHARE OF CONTROVERSY. IN THE END, A PASS. UNDER THE ORDINANCE, YOU CAN NO LONGER LIGHT UP IN BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND CASINOS EXCEPT FOR OUTDOOR AREAS. SMOKERS HAVE TO SAY FIVE FEET AWAY FROM ENTRANCES TO BUSINESSES.