Cullen, La. – April 26, 2019 – This week Cullen City Council unanimously voted in favor of protecting the health of Cullen residents and all employees by extending the state’s current smoke-free ordinance to include bars and gaming establishments within Cullen. The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) and members of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Louisiana (CTFLA) applaud the members of the Cullen City Council for their vote.
The smoke-free measure, voted on and passed by the Cullen City Council on April 22, will ensure all residents and employees (including bartenders, gaming establishment employees and entertainers) will be protected from the dangerous health effects of secondhand smoke in their workplaces. When the ordinance goes into effect by May 1, Cullen will become the sixth municipality in Northern Louisiana to go smoke-free and 22nd in the state of Louisiana.
“With the passing of this ordinance, Cullen is saying ‘We care enough to protect everyone who works in Cullen, La.’,” said Feamula Bradley, TFL Regional Manager. “The failure to protect the health of all employees from the dangers of secondhand smoke is an oversight by the state, but communities like Cullen are working to overcome this oversight.”
For more information on the growing movement to protect all Louisiana employees from secondhand smoke, visit www.HealthierAirForAll.org or contact local representative, Feamula Bradley at 318.402.3702.
Individuals interested in quitting tobacco products can visit QuitWithUsLa.org or call 1-800-Quit-Now.
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) engages in local and statewide tobacco control policy efforts that focus on tobacco prevention and initiation among youth, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, promote cessation services, and identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities. TFL is guided by best practices in tobacco control and envisions a healthier Louisiana by reducing the excessive burden of tobacco use on all Louisianans. For more information visit www.tobaccofreeliving.org. To find out more about the dangers of secondhand smoke and show your support for a smoke-free Louisiana, visit www.healthierairforall.org. To learn more about quitting tobacco, visit www.quitwithusla.org.
About the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC)
Founded by the Louisiana State Legislature in 2002, the LCRC is a public-private partnership designed to promote education about cancer and conduct important research on the diagnosis, detection, treatment, and prevention of cancer in Louisiana. The LCRC partners with the public at large and four major cancer research institutions in Louisiana: LSU Health, Tulane University, Ochsner Health System, and Xavier University. More information about the LCRC is available at www.louisianacancercenter.org.
About the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI)
LPHI, founded in 1997, is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public health institute that translates evidence into strategy to optimize health ecosystems. Our work focuses on uncovering complementary connections across sectors to combine the social, economic, and human capital needed to align action for health. We champion health for people, within systems, and throughout communities because we envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. For more information, visit www.lphi.org.