Louisiana Smoking: What you need to know

The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act prohibits smoking in any public building; enclosed place of employment with more than one worker; schools, school grounds, and school buses; state colleges; healthcare facilities; stores and malls; indoor sports arenas and theaters; banks; hotel and motel lobbies; restaurants and bars within or attached to restaurants; and eating areas within casinos (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 40:1300.251 et seq.).
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Exceptions. The Act does not apply to:
• Outdoor areas of places of employment
• Private homes and vehicles when not used for licensed child care or day care
• Freestanding bars that do not allow or employ anyone under the age of 21
• Casino gaming areas
• Tobacco retail, wholesale, distribution, or storage businesses
• Cigar bars
• Up to 50 percent of hotel and motel rooms
• Private limousines for hire
• Facilities when used for carnival balls and conventions and trade shows not open to the public
Outdoor smoking prohibitions. Smoking is also prohibited within 25 feet of state office buildings and 200 feet of elementary and secondary schools. Smoking is prohibited on the grounds of state community, technical, and agricultural colleges and colleges of the University of Louisiana System and Louisiana State University.
Signage. Employers must post no-smoking signs and remove all ashtrays from their premises. Signs may be downloaded at http://www.latobaccocontrol.com.
Fines. Employers that violate this provision of the Act will be fined up to $500 per violation.
Any municipal or parish governing authority or other political subdivision of the state may enact a more stringent ordinance than the Louisiana statute.
Some parishes and municipalities (e.g., Ouachita, Monroe) have passed ...

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