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Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April

Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In three months it will no longer be legal to smoke in bars and while gambling in the Big Easy.

On Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed into law a new ordinance that does away with smoking inside bars, gambling halls, stadiums and hotels.

There are more than 500 bars within the city limits and several large gambling establishments, including a Harrah's casino next to the French Quarter and a horse racing track. Bars and the gambling industry sought to stop the ban but failed. They said a smoking ban would hurt business.

In Louisiana, about 25 percent of adults smoke, according to federal data. Nationally, about 18 percent of adults smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Louisiana already has statewide bans on smoking in restaurants and in public buildings.

The ban in New Orleans will take effect in late April when smokers — including those inhaling electronic cigarettes — will have to step outside.

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