Why Go Smoke-Free?
All Louisiana employees should be able to work in a smoke-free environment—this includes bar employees, entertainers and gaming facility employees. The same is true for anyone spending time in Louisiana's public spaces—the air should be clear for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.
All Louisianans deserve protection from secondhand smoke. Chronic exposure to secondhand smoke isn't just a short-term nuisance, it makes people sick and can even be deadly.
All Louisianans who visit bars and gaming facilities are not protected from secondhand smoke.
- People who work in bars and gaming facilities breathe enough secondhand smoke every day to have some of the same health problems that pack-a-day smokers have.
- Secondhand smoke can damage a musician's vocal chords permanently, which could mean the end of his or her career.
Secondhand smoke is a serious health risk.
- Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds, including hundreds that are toxic and at least 69 that cause cancer.
- Breathing 30 minutes of secondhand smoke has the same effect as smoking a cigarette yourself.
- Exposure to secondhand smoke increases a non-smoker's risk of heart disease by as much as 60%.
- Non-smokers who are exposed to cigarette smoke are more than twice as likely to have major depression as those who aren't.