New Orleans smoking ban: Mardi Gras unaffected.

New Orleans Smoking Ban Will Cover Casinos and Bars, but Not Sidewalk Revelry

New Orleans Smoking Ban Will Cover Casinos and Bars, but Not Sidewalk Revelry

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Jan. 30 2015 4:10 PM

New Orleans Smoking Ban Will Cover Casinos and Bars, but Not Sidewalk Revelry

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will have to give up his habit of smoking several packs of cigarettes during each game.

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The United States’ second-most committed oasis of debauchery* will become moderately less debaucherous in 90 days when New Orleans’ newly passed smoking ban goes into effect. Under the new rules, smoking will be prohibited in bars and casinos, among other places—but not on sidewalks or streets. The ban, which passed the City Council unanimously, starts April 22. Mardi Gras this year is on Feb. 17. This year is your last chance to smoke at a bar during Mardi Gras!

*1 = Vegas