Act 815 - Louisiana Schools
Under the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act (ACT 815), Louisiana schools and all school property are to be smoke-free. Smoking is prohibited in all Pre-K through 12 grade school buildings, campuses and property, buses, and school property located off campus including tracks and outdoor sporting arenas/facilities.
Colleges & Universities are also smoke-free. Smoking is prohibited inside of all buildings such as offices, classrooms, student unions, cafeterias, libraries, etc. Colleges and universities may create their own policies to prohibit smoking in outdoor areas of campus if they prefer.
The Louisiana Tobacco Control Program is also assisting those Louisiana school districts who are taking the extra step of providing a healthy environment. By implementing 100% Tobacco-Free Schools policy, school districts are actively countering the influence of the tobacco industry's promotion of smokeless (chew) tobacco on youth.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies secondhand smoke as a “Class A” cancer-causing substance, or carcinogen – the same classification assigned to asbestos.