New Bill to Keep Building Exits Smoke-Free

A new house bill could mean smokers have to walk further from building exits before lightning up.
West Monroe -- A new house bill could mean smokers have to walk further from buildings before they light up.

House Bill 168 could prohibit smoking within 25 feet of public office buildings.

The bill spells out fines ranging from $24 to $100 for violations. It would be $25 for first-time offenses, $50 for second offenses, and $100 for third and subsequent offenses. The bill only applies to state-owned, public office buildings.

"It's not an anti smoking thing, it's simply asking folks who do smoke to not make other people have to endure second hand smoke," said Rep. Frank Hoffman, West Monroe (R). "This is obviously another effort to make our community a better place to live work play worship do business and raise a family. This makes Louisiana a better place."

Representative Hoffman says the reasoning behind the law is mounting evidence that there is no risk-free level of exposure to second hand smoke while entering or exiting buildings.

The legislative session begins March 10. 

If lawmakers pass the bill, it would take effect January 1, 2015. View the bill here.
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