In 2007, the Louisiana Legislature passed ACT 815, which eliminated smoking in workplaces and public spaces, including restaurants. However, bars and gaming facilities were exempt. This unjust policy gap left thousands of employees unprotected from the toxic harms of secondhand smoke according to a press release sent from Louisiana Smoke-free.
This issue is going to be a hot button topic in the coming weeks. Advocates for Smoke-free Baton Rouge believe that employees at the local bars and casinos are at risk of cancer from working conditions.
New Orleans went smoke-free last year, but not without controversy. Some in the business community despite data that proves otherwise say that ruling smokers out will affect their profits.
Advocates say service industry and gaming facility employees, along with musicians and entertainers, breathe more secondhand smoke while at work than any other type of employee, and can suffer from many of the same illnesses as smokers. No one should have to choose between their health and their job. We believe everyone has the right to breathe smoke-free air at work. The science is clear: there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.
Tell us what you think, should Baton Rouge go smoke-free in casinos and bars?