Tell your councilmember to support smoke-free protections for everyone in East Baton Rouge.
Click on the name of your councilmember to send an email asking them to support smoke-free protections for everyone in East Baton Rouge Parish. We have included some sample email language below that you can copy and paste in your message.
Sample E-mail Language
Please vote YES to smoke-free protections for everyone in East Baton Rouge Parish. No one should have to choose between their health and a paycheck, that includes entertainers, musicians, and bar and gaming facility employees. Without them, our great city doesn't function.
Secondhand smoke is a serious health problem. Every year, 41,000 Americans die from diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke. The Surgeon General, CDC, and National Toxicology Program have identified secondhand smoke as a cause of cancer, heart disease and other diseases in nonsmokers.
Baton Rouge has thousands of service industry employees that are still working in toxic environments just to earn a living. Our capital city neighbors in Texas and Mississippi have already decided that ALL workers deserve the same protections. It's time for Baton Rouge to do the same.
Again, please vote YES to a Smoke-free East Baton Rouge. Thank you for considering the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works in our parish.
Everyone in East Baton Rouge Parish has the Right to Breathe Smoke-free Air.
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Smoke-free East Baton Rouge is a broad coalition of organizations spearheading the effort to protect all employees, musicians and entertainers in bars and casinos from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Health Care Professionals Support the Smoke-free East Baton Rouge Campaign
"The healthcare community in East Baton Rouge Parish is united in this effort. We see the devastating effects of second hand smoke on our citizens every day. We therefore proudly join the campaign to add East Baton Rouge Parish to the growing list of communities where EVERY employee can breathe clean air."
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Here's what people are saying about Smoke-Free East Baton Rouge!
I was exposed to secondhand smoke exposure for 20 years on LSU-BR campus. Having a tobacco-free campus is the best thing ever for me.
Baton Rouge Resident
I support SmokeFree East Baton Rouge, because this will reduce the number of individuals with Lung Cancer and individuals with respiratory problems.
Baton Rouge Resident
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does East Baton Rouge Parish need a smoke-free ordinance?
A smoke-free law will protect the health of every resident in East Baton Rouge Parish by eliminating the exposure of secondhand smoke in bars and casinos. Everyone will breathe easier, and this will create safer, healthier environments for everyone who lives, works, and visits our Parish.
Aren't smoking sections and ventilation adequate protection?
The 2010 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease, verifies that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that ventilation cannot eliminate exposure of nonsmokers to secondhand smoke.
Who is most affected by exposure to secondhand smoke in East Baton Rouge Parish?
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.