New Orleans Set to Be Smoke Free City

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New Orleans City Council has passed a ban on smoking in bars and gambling halls on Thursday. Along with restriction on smoking on those places, they have banned it in and around the schools and restaurants. But the ban was not passed without objections.

This historic decision has made New Orleans the biggest city in Louisiana State, to be virtually smoke-free.

Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell was the main campaigner behind the Smokefree NOLA. She  said yesterday that today is a good day and we are doing the right things for the right reasons.

The city council had voted unanimously to approve the ban, but the struggle was not easy. There were many heated debates and sensitive moments during the discussions. Council member James Gray II broke down when he read the names of the people near him who had died because of lung cancer. ANother member said that tourist attraction will not reduce because of the ban. The tourist are attracted to the city because of its musicians and wonderful places.

But the council was warned that the ban would lower the business profits and in turn harm the tax revenues. Few businessmen predict that there would be decline in the revenues due to the ban.

Before enforcing the restrictions, the council made a few changes in it. The New Orleans police won’t have to enforce the ordinance. Smoking will be allowed within five feet of bar entrances. It will also be allowed in parks. Smoking would be allowed in the established cigar shops and hookah bars.

The citizens and doctors have applauded this ordinance. They are calling it a historic decision. While section of bar owners and restaurant owner fear about the losses. Electronic c… MORE

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