Mayor Mitch Landrieu
will support New Orleans District B City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell
's measure to ban smoking in bars and public buildings
, according to Landrieu’s press secretary Tyler Gamble. Landrieu’s support for the ordinance as a public health measure is consistent with his legislation he helped draft as a member of the state Legislature that funded the creation of the Louisiana Cancer Consortium in 2002. The consortium created a partnership with LSU Health Sciences Center, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, Xavier University and Ochsner Health System — as well as the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living. The campaign also is participating in this week's Smoke-Free Week, which has a series of events to raise awareness of the health impacts of smoking and second-hand smoke.
Cantrell plans to introduce a nonsmoking ordinance in November (the same month that the American Public Health Association hosts its annual conference in New Orleans). The legislation follows several other cities and parishes in Louisiana that have gone smoke-free, and it also follows new state laws banning smoking on state college and university campuses
. Tulane University will also go smoke-free beginning Aug. 1, and Loyola University is planning a smoke- and tobacco-free policy to go into effect fall 2015.