April 22, 2015
Starting Wednesday, it is illegal to smoke in New Orleans’s bars and casinos, ending a noir-ish tradition in a city not known for its limitation on human vices. The city’s new law goes beyond Louisiana’s 2006 statewide ban on smoking in restaurants and workplaces and is the most restrictive municipal ban in the state. Although other towns ban smoking in bars, New Orleans is the first in Louisiana to prohibit smoking in casinos.
New Orleans’s new rules are only possible because Louisiana, when it passed the statewide smoking ban, lifted a restriction that had prevented cities from adding more restrictive laws of their own.