New Orleans, one of the biggest party cities in the world, is now home to a new city-wide smoking ban. The ban will take effect April 2015.
After a unanimous vote by the city council, numerous public debates, and an examination by city attorneys, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed the bill into law. The New Orleans smoking ban will officially take effect on April 22nd, 2015.
The new law outlaws smoking in enclosed public spaces such as casinos, bars, hotels, private clubs, correctional facilities and schools.
Patios, balconies and outdoor areas connected to either a bar, casino or restaurant, and cigar bars or cigar lounges will be exempt from the smoking ban. The most famous street in the world, Bourbon Street, as well as in convention centers during events hosted by tobacco retailers will also be exempt from the smoking ban.
What does this mean for IPCPR 2015? — NOTHING! IPCPR ’15 will go on this summer, and the smoke of fine tobacco will be in the air. The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will host the annual event in July, and the event is promised to be one of the best yet.