Tobacco-Free Policy

Did you know that policies, laws, rules, and regulations come in all shapes and sizes? There are polices, laws rules, and regulations that shape our very environment; to when we get into a car, to what we wear and are exposed to at work, to the safety of the food we eat.

Tobacco-free policy goes beyond smoke-free air laws and ordinances. It can extend to policies to workplaces, multi-unit housing (apartment complexes), schools, and even hit the pocket book! Smoke-free and tobacco-free policies have been shown to be effective in reducing second-hand smoke exposure and tobacco use among populations.3

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Where to start?

  • Join Statewide Efforts (Click here to join a regional Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition.)
  • Encourage Community Policy Change (Write letters to the editor of your local
    newspaper or to your legislator.)
  • Engage Community Decision Makers/Stakeholders



Framework for Analyzing Tobacco Policy Interventions

Step One: Big Picture

What?

What is the goal of the policy?
  • Identify the goal(s) of the policy.
  • Identify what the policy will do to meet the goal(s).
  • Collect information and statistics to show how the policy will meet the goal(s) and address the identified problem.

Who?

Who are your stakeholders?
  • Identify and involve key stakeholders.
Who will be required to follow the policy?
  • Consider who will be expected to follow the policy and how to educate them once it passes.
Step Two: Details

Examples

Has this or a similar policy been implemented elsewhere?
  • Consider whether other similar efforts have been successful. If not, why not?

  • Note what factors might not be the same for your location (for example,state or local laws, stakeholders, community needs, etc.)

Legal Challenge

Practical Challenges

Enforcement
  • Determine who will be in charge of enforcing the new policy (and consider whether this group is a key stakeholder).
  • Determine what the penalties will be for not following the policy.
  • Consider what can be done to solve any enforcement challenges.

Costs

  • Consider the financial cost and benefits of the problem compared to those of the intervention.
Capacity
  • Determine if there is capacity to adopt and implement the policy (e.g., staff time, funding for education about the policy and other resources).
Measuring Success
  • Decide how you will know if the policy is successful/effective.
Legal Defense
  • Consider whether there is capacity to defend the policy if challenged in court

Unintended Consequences

Can you anticipate and address any unintended consequences?
  • Check if any terms or rules are likely to be misunderstood or misinterpreted.
Can you identify and correct loopholes?
  • Ensure that any expectations are no broader than intended.
  • Check that definitions don’t accidentally leave out an important group or category.
Step Three: Review Elements of an Effective Policy
Louisiana Tobacco control Legislation [1]

Louisiana Act 815 "Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act"
Louisiana Act 838 Smoking Prohibited in Cars with Children under 13 Years
Louisiana Act 211 Smoke-free Policies for Colleges and Universities State-wide
Louisiana Act 94 Tobacco Excise Tax


[1] Healthier Air for All, Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living, http://www.healthierairforall.org/accomplishments



Parish/Municipalities with 100% Smoke-free indoor air Laws[1]

Last Updated July 1, 2015

Parish/ Municipality
100% Smoke-free Non-Hospitality Workplaces
100% Smoke-free Restaurants
100% Smoke-Free Freestanding Bars

Abbeville

Yes

Yes

Yes

Alexandria

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cheneyville

Yes

Yes

Yes

Lake Charles

Yes

Yes

 

Monroe

Yes

Yes

Yes

New Orleans

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ouachita Parish

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sulphur

Yes

Yes

Yes

West Monroe

Yes

Yes

Yes

Woodworth

Yes

Yes

Yes


[1] Municipalities with local 100% smoke-free laws. American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. http://no-smoke.org/pdf/100ordlisttabs.pdf