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The Bulldog bar going smoke free next week, expanding lunch hours

The Bulldog bar on Perkins Road has never allowed cigar smoking inside. Come next week, cigarettes are being snuffed out, too. The owners of The Bulldog announced the move this afternoon, saying all three of its bars in Louisiana will be completely smoke free beginning Wednesday, April 22. “Although not required by law, with the passing of the smoking ordinance in New Orleans, we felt it was the right time to implement the policy simultaneously across all locations to promote and provide for an equally healthy establishment right here in Baton Rouge,” says co-owner Eddie Dyer in a prepared release. Next Wednesday is also the date on which the New Orleans smoking ban will go into effect. “We understand that smoking in bars and taverns has long been an accepted practice in Louisiana, and those wishing to still smoke will be permitted to do so outside on our extensive patio,” adds Remi DeMatteo, general manager of The Bulldog Baton Rouge, in the release. DeMatteo also says the Baton Rouge location at 4385 Perkins Road will begin expanding its

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City of Sulphur bans smoking in bars & casinos

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Smokers will soon have fewer places to light up in the City of Sulphur. "First of all -- people of Sulphur -- you don't have a right to smoke. So by our inaction we have allowed ourselves to be controlled," said Randy Hebert, Sulphur resident. Smoking in bars and casinos will no longer be allowed. The Sulphur City Council amended its "Smoke Free Air Ordinance" Monday night. The changes include e-cigarettes and vaping. Councilman Randy Favre explained e-cigarettes are not regulated and are currently classified by the CDC as a tobacco product. Favre added despite countless studies, not one of them conclusively outlines the potential health risks. Supporters of the change said it's a step in the right direction to ensure a safe working environment for everyone. "All of the research -- all of the studies -- I have seen, and it's been a bunch... shows that cancer is caused by cigarettes and by cigarette smoke," said Dr. Jason Fuqua, physician. Grammy Award winning musician Chubby Carrier said he's seen

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Face to Face Enrichment hosts tobacco free rally

We are not replacements. That’s the message the Face-to-Face Enrichment Center sent out Saturday, March 28 at the Gonzales Fire Department’s Public Safety Training Center. The event was held in recognition of Kick Butts Day. The Face-to-Face Enrichment Center has hosted an event to recognize the day national day for the last six years, but the movement has been going since 1996. On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community; encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco. It was no different in Gonzales in Saturday. Several kids stood up, spoke out and are seizing control of tobacco. Participants learned and took the “I am not a replacement” selfie photo challenge. Tiffany Dickerson, also known as “The Mic Chick,” and DJ Swamp hosted the event, while Kisha Ricks coordinated the event. © Copyright

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New Orleans launches website to help public understand smoking ordinance

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans launched a website Friday to educate the public on the new smoke-free ordinance that goes into effect April 22. The new ordinance will restrict smoking and using electronic smoking devices in many locations throughout the city. The ordinance includes most bars, restaurants, casinos and workplaces. The New Orleans Health Department said the website is the beginning of a public awareness campaigned aimed at educating the public on the new ordinance. “Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. This smoke-free ordinance will protect the public's health by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and encouraging smokers to quit,” said Charlotte Parent, director of the New Orleans Department of Health The health department will also partner with 'Healthier Air For All' to distribute a letter to every business in New Orleans announcing the website and encouraging business owners to register for a free toolkit that will help them comply with the ordinance. The kit will include a fact sheet and

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The Voices in My Head: We can all breathe easier

For the most part, both the representatives for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living and the smokers and bar owners left fairly content. I do have some points on the issue I want to make. I heard twice that tobacco doesn't cause cancer. That's true. It doesn't. Smokers, non-smokers and vapers crowded into the Sulphur Council Chambers Monday night to hear a City Council introduction of an ordinance that would expand smoking prohibitions within city limits. The ordinance being introduced was one recently passed by the New Orleans City Council and was being used by Sulphur’s council as template over which they would place their own changes. Prior to the meeting, the New Orleans ordinance had been disseminated via local social media. With no context given as to it being used as a template and no explanation that an introduction does not mean an ordinance will be passed. Hence the standing room only meeting. I won’t list all the exceptions to the ordinance passed by the council. Suffice to say, the ordinance that took shape Monday was reasonable and

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Slim’s Y-Ki-Ki goes smoke-free starting Friday

State law does not require nightspots and restaurants to ban smoking. But local officials in some cities including Alexandria, Monroe and New Orleans have taken steps in recent years to go smoke-free in such places. Last year the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Grambling University in Monroe and Louisiana State University campuses in Alexandria, Eunice and Shreveport adopted smoking bans on campus. Gradney said he doesn't expect the change to hurt his business. "I was in the process of doing it anyway," he said, adding that he had already removed most of the ashtrays from Slim's. "You get a lot of people calling about it," he said. "Some of them won't come if there's smoke." He understands firsthand why they'd rather not. "I quit smoking seven or eight years ago," Gradney said. "That was a hard job." The Healthier Air for All campaign helps business owners cover the costs of re-launching as smoke-free venues, said René Stansbury, the campaign's regional manager. Smoking bans can

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