Louisiana's Smoke-Free Air Act
The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act (Act 815) was a major turning point for our state - Louisiana is now among national leaders in the effort to protect Americans from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
About Act 815
The "Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act" (Act 815 Fact Sheet), effective January 1, 2007, prohibits smoking in most public places and workplaces, including all restaurants with or without attached bars. Smoking will still be allowed in stand-alone bars and casinos. Prisons will be smoke-free by August 15, 2009.
Perhaps most importantly, Louisiana's partial preemption of local smoke-free air ordinances was repealed and replaced by a specific non-preemption clause. This means local communities are now free to strengthen the Act with stricter local ordinances.
Thanks to Governor Blanco and our legislators for responding to Louisiana citizens who want and deserve the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air. We will all breathe a little easier.
Visit www.letsbetotallyclear.org for more information on second hand smoke.
Get the Kit and Quit!
Instructions for Using the Business Kit Quit
- Hold a company-wide meeting where the information can be posed in a non-judgmental way.
- Review your policy on tobacco use, citing the new ordinance in effect January 1, 2007.
- Suggest that if anyone is ready to quit, your company is ready to help.
- Offer to create voluntary support groups.
- Confirm if company health insurance covers tobacco cessation items.
- Download and display or distribute fact sheets or posters.
- View, personalize and display/distribute your own Tobacco-free policy.
- Look for other companies in your area that have already helped their employees quit.
Información de Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos - Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedadas La línea para dejar de fumar, 1-800 QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Please visit our website for more cessation resources
PRINTABLE "NO SMOKING" SIGNS
Printable on 8.5x11 paper or Avery Sign Paper 2733)
Copy of Act 815
Copy of Act 838
You can reap the benefits of quitting smoking in as little as 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes
Blood pressure and pulse rate improve to healthier levels.
After 8 hours
Carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in blood return to normal.
After 1 day
Your chance of a heart attack decreases.
After 2 days
Nerve endings regenerate; sense of smell and taste are enhanced.
After 2 weeks
Circulation improves and lung function increases.
After 1-9 months
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.
After 1 year
Chance of heart attack is cut in half.
After 5 years
Stroke risk is reduced to the same levels as a non-smoker.
After 10 years
Risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a current smoker.
After 15 years
Risk of coronary heart disease and death is about the same as it is for those who have never smoked.