The next time you are on Bourbon Street be aware of the new law that prohibits you from bringing your smoke indoors with you. Effective this past Wednesday, New Orleans has now banned smoking in bars, casinos and also restaurants. What’s next, not allowing Bulletproof Coffee (eater.com)? How about addressing obesity instead and ban Ding Dongs? Come on. You can still head outdoors if need be, but you won’t find yourself inside smoking. Many people are unhappy with this decision but there are many more that are thrilled they will be able to attend certain locations again, now that smoking will not be allowed.
Many bars and clubs in the New Orleans area allowed people to smoke in them. Many people were not able to go to these places because of health issues such as asthma, reactive airway disease or COPD. Some people just do not want to be around this unhealthy habit and stayed away from locations that were known to be very smoky inside. Businesses may find they experience and increase in attendance because of this new law. It is not likely that a decrease will occur thanks to this healthy decision. The law dictates that smoking is ‘no longer allowed at bars, restaurants, fair grounds and casinos.’ Outdoor arenas and stadiums are also included in this law except during concerts and festivals that may be taking place. Also, no smoking will be allowed within five feet of Lafayette Square. Many states have already adopted this law, including New York State.