City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that extends the smoking
ban to most public places within the city, including bars, sports
arenas and convention halls, starting next year.
The new smoking ordinance is now a bit more strict than Louisiana’s state smoking ban, which restricts smoking only in restaurants.
Violators of the Alexandria ban, which goes into effect on January 2 of next year, can be fined anywhere between $100 to $500, depending on the offense.
Originally, the smoking ban ordinance was written in a way that would have prevented lighting up inside “retail tobacco businesses,” or cigar shops, as well as gaming facilities. These establishments were granted an exemption.
“The city’s expanded smoking ban will negatively impact bars, taverns and other small businesses. This is no time to put such establishments at risk as well as the jobs and tax revenues they provide,” said Bill Spann, chief executive officer of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association.
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