New Orleans smoking ban prompts debate in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - Less than a week after New Orleans passed a law to ban smoking in bars and casinos, some Baton Rouge medical professionals and local leaders are pushing the capital city to strike while the iron's still hot.
On Tuesday, Mayor-President Kip Holden and leaders from area hospitals announced a Tobacco-Free Awareness campaign they dubbed "Breathe Free Baton Rouge." They also announced that all major Baton Rouge hospitals and medical centers have committed to smoke and tobacco-free campuses.
The New Orleans smoking ban has prompted some other cities, such as Lafayette, to also consider banning smoking in bars.