Smoke-Free Ordinance

New Orleans has joined almost 700 cities nationwide in going smoke-free. In January 2015, the City of New Orleans created a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance. In addition to smoking restrictions that already exist under state law, the City places restrictions on smoking and vaping (use of electronic smoking devices) in many locations across New Orleans.

Why "Smoke-Free" is Important

Smoke-Free protects the public’s health by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and encouraging smokers to quit. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. It causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases (such as emphysema), and diabetes. More than 20 million people in the United States have died from smoking-related diseases since 1964, including 2.5 million nonsmokers as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke.



Register to Receive a Business Toolkit

If smoking or vaping is prohibited in your business under the Smoke-Free ordinance, please register to receive a business toolkit by mail. The toolkit contains an overview of the ordinance and frequently asked questions, an implementation checklist, a model “no smoking or vaping” sign, employee training material, and resources to help smokers quit.

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