Air Quality Study

Alexandria

  • In January, February, and December 2011, pre-ordinance air monitoring was conducted in 17 Alexandria bars and gaming facilities where smoking was allowed.
  • On average, this sample of 17 Alexandria smoking bars and gaming facilities had hazardous air quality.
  • On January 1, 2012, the Alexandria Smoke-free Air Ordinance went into effect.
  • Post-ordinance air monitoring was conducted in 12 Alexandria bars and gaming facilities on January 6, 2012.
  • There was a 97% reduction in pollution levels.
  • Indoor air is now 36 times cleaner.
  • Pollution levels in smoke-free establishments are nearly as clean as outdoor air in Alexandria, LA.

Baton Rouge

  • 27 bars tested during April 2010.
  • Out of the 27 bars sampled in our study, 87% were considered unhealthy or worse.
  • 41% of the bars had air quality considered hazardous.
  • Air contaminants in non-smoking restaurants are almost 98% less than the air contaminants in smoky bars.

Lafayette

  • 27 bars tested during December 2010 and January 2011.
  • Out of the 27 bars sampled in our study, 77% were considered unhealthy or worse.
  • The air in the smoke-free bars was 94% better.

Monroe

  • 17 bars tested during January and February 2011.
  • Out of the 17 bars sampled in our study, 80% were considered unhealthy or worse.
  • Air contaminants in smoke-free bars are almost 96% less than the air contaminants in smoky bars.

Natchitoches

  • 4 bars tested during June 2011.
  • Out of the bars sampled in our study, 100% were considered hazardous.
  • Air contaminants in smoke-free bars are almost 95% less than the air contaminants in smoky bars.

Do you support policies that prohibit smoking in bars and gaming facilities in Louisiana?

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Poll

Yes 71.24%  No 28.76%