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


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