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this is a discussion within the NOLA Community Forum; Before the New Orleans City Council votes on an ordinance that could ban smoking in bars and casinos citywide , the measure's authors held a "town hall"-style meeting to hear one last round of public comment. The City Council will ...

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New Orleans smoking ban debate continues at City Hall


Before the New Orleans City Council votes on an ordinance that could ban smoking in bars and casinos citywide, the measure's authors held a "town hall"-style meeting to hear one last round of public comment. The City Council will likely hear from several speakers at the City Council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 22, but tonight's hearing made room for more than two hours of comments from all sides of the issue.

The audience was made up of smoke-free advocates, casino representatives and employees who fear for the worst if smoking is banned in their workplace, business owners who believe they should set their own smoking policies, and a crowd of electronic cigarette users and e-cig business owners who would support the ordinance if it didn't also target them.

It's the latter that could likely make some room for amendments on Jan. 22.? [ Read more ]

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