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  • Louisiana expands ban on smoking at K-12 schools

    July 1, 2017 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's ban on smoking in elementary and secondary school buildings has been expanded to include a campus' playgrounds, school buses and other school property. Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed the expansion legislation by Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann of West Monroe, a bill that won... more »
  • Lafayette council bans smoking in bars

    April 20, 2017 1:19 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette City-Parish Council has voted to ban smoking in bars, clubs and other public places. Media outlets report the ban passed with a 7-2 vote during a Tuesday night council meeting. The ordinance bans smoking inside, but smokers can light up as long as they're at least... more »
  • Man accused of attacking neighbor who refused to smoke with him

    March 21, 2017 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies arrested a man after they say he attacked his neighbor for not smoking a cigarette with him. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Ryan Stockstill, 26, was charged with simple battery and home invasion. On Mar. 19 around 9 p.m., deputies responded... more »
  • Calcasieu bans smoking, vaping in public buildings, parks

    November 19, 2016 2:48 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - Changes are on the horizon for Calcasieu parish smokers. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury unanimously voted Thursday to ban smoking and vaping in parish buildings and parks. KPLC-TV reports the ordinance will not affect RV or campground sites, private residences, restaurants or bars. Originally, it would have... more »
  • FDA effort aims to curb smoking in LGBT community

    May 2, 2016 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration's latest anti-smoking campaign takes aim at young adults in the LGBT community, who officials say are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as their peers. The $35.7-million effort targets the estimated 40 percent of the 2 million LGBT young adults in... more »
  • Metro Council kills smoking ban proposal Play Video

    April 13, 2016 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Metro Council killed a proposal that would have banned smoking in all businesses, including bars and casinos. Smoking ban fails. pic.twitter.com/qiXjg0jauI — Brittany Weiss WBRZ (@MsBWeiss) April 13, 2016 The ordinance was designed to include a ban on... more »
  • New taxes go in effect on April 1st; that's no joke Play Video

    March 31, 2016 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Smokers, drinkers, car renters and every shopper around Louisiana will be paying more for their purchases starting today. In addition to tax increases on cigarettes, alcohol and car rentals, a one percent increase in the state sales tax kicks in Friday. According to the Tax... more »
  • BRFD: Fire caused by person smoking in bed

    February 1, 2016 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Fire officials are looking into a house fire that they say was caused by a person smoking in bed. Authorities responded to the fire in the 3000 block of Seneca Street around 5 a.m. Monday. Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman, Mark Miles, said the building suffered about $40,000... more »
  • Group wants to ban smoking in bars, casinos across Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 26, 2016 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The group Smoke-free East Baton Rouge is working on a campaign to extend an existing statewide smoking ban to include bars and gaming facilities. The group, made up of Louisiana Cancer Research Center, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association and others,... more »
  • Hawaii raises smoking age to 21; military supports new law

    December 31, 2015 12:22 PM

    HONOLULU - Hawaii is the first state in the nation to raise the legal smoking age 21. The new law, which includes both traditional and electronic cigarettes, goes into effect Jan. 1. Public health officials are hoping they'll keep young people from developing an unhealthy addiction. They say one in... more »
  • Report: La. spends fraction on anti-smoking initiatives

    December 9, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new report finds Louisiana is doing a poor job of funding tobacco cessation and prevention programs. According to a national report issued Tuesday by a coalition of public health organizations, found that tobacco companies spend $32 promoting use of their product for every $1 Louisiana spends to... more »
  • Smoking in bed cause of house fire that killed Port Barre woman

    November 24, 2015 5:03 PM

    PORT BARRE - The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a Port Barre woman died during a house fire that was started while she was smoking in bed Tuesday morning. Firefighters from the St. Landry Parish Fire District #2 were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Bellanise... more »
  • Public housing faces smoking ban Play Video

    November 13, 2015 10:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People who rely on government help to pay their rent could be told to quit smoking, or live somewhere else. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, is considering banning smoking on all of its properties across the nation. HUD says the ban would... more »
  • Low-nicotine cigarettes cut use, dependence, study finds

    September 30, 2015 7:01 PM

    A new study might help the push for regulations to limit nicotine in cigarettes. Researchers found that smokers who switched to special low-nicotine ones wound up smoking less and were more likely to try to quit. The study only lasted six weeks, but is the first large test to... more »
  • Teens' e-cigarette use linked with later smoking

    August 18, 2015 11:45 AM

    CHICAGO - A study at 10 Los Angeles high schools links e-cigarettes with later tobacco use. University of Southern California researchers found that 14-year-olds who'd ever tried e-cigarettes were more likely than others to later try other tobacco products. The study doesn't prove that electronic cigarettes are a... more »
  • Harrah's Casino blames smoking ban for 2nd drop in monthly take

    July 24, 2015 7:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Revenue dropped 30 percent in June at Harrah's New Orleans Hotel & Casino. It was the second consecutive monthly drop. The facility's top executive is putting most of the blame on the city's indoor smoking ban. Dan Real, general manager of Harrah's New Orleans, asked the state Gaming... more »
  • 1 killed in house fire; under investigation

    July 10, 2015 8:42 AM

    LULING- Authorities say a St. Charles Parish man was killed in a house fire that they believe may have been started because he smoking in bed. Multiple media outlets report that State Fire Marshal Deputy Chief Brant Thompson says 62-year-old George Welch died in the fire at his Luling home... more »
  • Smoking inside bars is officially off-limits in New Orleans

    April 22, 2015 12:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans city council members who led the push to ban smoking in bars and gambling venues hailed Wednesday's start of the smoke-free ordinance as a historic step in making the city healthier. At midnight Tuesday smoking inside the city's more than 500 bars and gambling... more »
  • New Orleans smoking ban takes effect

    April 22, 2015 7:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A new smoking in New Orleans officially starts today. Smoking in the crescent city is now prohibited inside bars, casinos, restaurants, and workplaces. The ban went into effect at midnight and has drawn a mixed reaction from the public. The New Orleans health department passed out information... more »
  • Hammond expands smoking ban

    April 22, 2015 6:54 AM

    HAMMOND- The Hammond City Council has voted 4-1 to ban smoking in bars and bingo halls. The Advocate reports the law, which goes into effect in 90 days, adds those hospitality businesses previously excluded under state law to the list of employers that must provide smoke-free work environments. Councilman Lemar... more »
  • New Orleans ban on smoking in public going into effect

    April 21, 2015 2:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Smoking in bars and casinos is coming to an end even in this notoriously freewheeling and fun-loving city where drinking on the street and watching a bawdy burlesque are the norm. Starting at midnight Tuesday, smoking will no longer be permitted in bars, gambling halls and... more »
  • Smoking ban proposal a month away Play Video

    April 17, 2015 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker (District 10) says a proposed smoking ban could be presented to the council within a months time. If approved, the ordinance would apply to bars, restaurants, and casinos. "We know that we have individuals that are not able to be healthy and... more »
  • House bill could pin higher taxes on smokers Play Video

    April 2, 2015 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Smokers across the state could be taking a bigger hit to their wallet when they restock on their precious smokes in the future. To the chagrin of these nicotine enjoying taxpayers, the proposed House Bill No. 252, aims to increase cigarette taxes from $0.36 to $1.08... more »
  • Quit smoking campaign for African American men launches Saturday Play Video

    March 13, 2015 8:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Southern AgCenter is kicking-off a statewide quit-smoking campaign aimed at saving lives. Smoking kills more African Americans every year than car crashes, HIV/AIDS, murder, alcohol and drugs combined. Most of those deaths are attributed to heart disease, cancer and stroke. Even though people can die... more »
  • Tobacco companies fighting over claims on smoking's effects

    February 23, 2015 2:27 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - America's biggest tobacco companies say they're ready and willing to pass along factual public health information about cigarettes. But they say they won't go along with being forced to underwrite an ad campaign that would have the companies brand themselves as liars. In 2006, a federal judge... more »
  • Lafayette may consider smoking ban in bars

    January 23, 2015 10:46 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette City-Parish Council may soon consider a ban on smoking in bars, similar to a measure approved in New Orleans. New Orleans joined a short list of cities in Louisiana Thursday to ban smoking in bars, and City-Parish Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux said he wants to add... more »
  • Nearly 2 dozen new Louisiana laws kick in with 2015

    December 26, 2014 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly two dozen new laws take effect with the start of 2015 in Louisiana. The measures were passed in the last legislative session. They are mostly minor changes, as most new laws approved by lawmakers each year begin in August. Smoking will be banned near state-owned office... more »
  • Cancer center to offer free smoking cessation program

    December 18, 2014 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Looking to kick that smoking habit in 2015? The Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is offering help. The Cancer Center will offer free group programs or individual counseling sessions in the coming month of January to help residents of Baton... more »
  • Tobacco danger report 75th anniversary conference

    November 11, 2014 2:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ochsner Health System is holding a conference about tobacco to honor the 75th anniversary of its founder's groundbreaking publication linking lung cancer to smoking. Drs. Alton Ochsner (OX'-ner) and Michael DeBakey first suggested such a link in 1939, in a journal called "Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics." The... more »
  • Trend for trying e-cigarettes may be leveling off

    September 24, 2014 3:59 PM

    NEW YORK - A new government study suggests the number of U.S. adults who have tried electronic cigarettes may be leveling off. The proportion of adults who have ever used e-cigarettes rose from about 3 percent to 8 percent from 2010 to 2012. But there was no significant change last... more »

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