Jindal Signs Bills Banning Smoking in Public Places

Baton Rouge -- Governor Bobby Jindal signed a pair of bills that bans smoking near schools and state owned buildings.

The bill by West Monroe Rep. Frank Hoffmann will ban smoking within 25 feet of a public entrance to a state-owned office building. It takes effect Jan. 1.

The bill by New Orleans Sen. David Heitmeier will ban smoking within 200 feet of entrances, exits and outdoor areas of any public or private elementary and secondary school in Louisiana. It takes effect immediately.

Violators of either law face fines of $25 on a first offense, $50 for a second offense and $100 for additional offenses.

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