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  • Increase Louisiana’s Tobacco Tax, Increase Our Health

    In a financial climate where budgets and funding streams for vital health programs and services are continually cut, Louisiana has an opportunity to both create new funding for the state, as well as promote the health of its residents by raising the tobacco tax by $1.18.

    Evidence strongly suggests that an increase in the state’s cigarette excise tax will lead to additional revenue, decreased smoking, and improved health for Louisiana, according to a newly published report from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), a program of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) and the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI). In fact, the 2002 cigarette tax increase of 36 cents resulted in a sharp decrease in cigarette pack consumption, leading to fewer purchases, more people quitting smoking, and an increase in revenue collected by the state.

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  • New Orleans City Council Makes History Upon Unanimous Passage of a Comprehensive Smoke-Free Ordinance

    New Orleans, one of the South’s largest major tourist cities with a high-grossing land-based casino and more than 500 bars within the city limits, made history today by becoming the largest city in Louisiana to unanimously pass a comprehensive, 100 percent smoke-free ordinance.

    The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Louisiana (CTFLA) applauds and thanks the New Orleans City Council for their unanimous votes today in favor of protecting the health of all New Orleans employees by making all workplaces, including bars and gaming establishments, smoke-free.

     

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  • Smoke-Free Week 2.0 Comes to New Orleans November 12-20, 2014

    The Office of Councilmember LaToya Cantrell, the Healthier Air for All Campaign (HAFA) and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Louisiana (CTFLA) are working together to promote the benefits of smoke-free environments and demonstrate the support behind a soon to be proposed smoke-free ordinance by sponsoring Smoke-Free Week 2.0, November 12-20, 2014, in New Orleans.

    Smoke-Free Week is a health initiative designed to raise awareness on the risks that secondhand smoke exposure poses, particularly to New Orleans bar employees, patrons, and entertainers. Service industry and gaming facility employees, along with entertainers, breathe more secondhand smoke while at work than any other type of employee, and can suffer from many of the same illnesses as smokers.

    “As a professional musician, my lungs are by far the most important component to producing the quality of sound I expect from myself at each show,” said Irvin Mayfield, founder and artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. “I’m committed to providing a great show, but - if the air I’m using to play my trumpet is filled with smoke - it’s impossible to perform at a level I can be proud of. I work with 18 other incredible musicians with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, many of whom simply can’t play - because of health reasons - if a venue allows smoking. No one should be kept from their livelihood because their office is filled with cigarette smoke.”

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