The information contained within these briefs, reports and publications illustrates various aspects of Louisiana’s tobacco usage and its ongoing smoke-free movement.
This collection of briefs was compiled by Healthier Air for All to specifically highlight issues related to New Orleans and its efforts to go smoke-free. The smoke-free ordinance for the city has since passed and went into effect on April 22, 2015.
The Smoke-Free NOLA Ordinance went into effect on April 22, 2015. On July 24th, Harrah’s Casino released their June 2015 gross gaming revenue (GGR) report and claimed that the ordinance negatively impacted their revenue. Harrah’s June 2015 GGR was 14.0% lower than May 2015 ($20,727,527 vs. $24,113,961). It is premature and misleading to claim that the ordinance is mainly responsible for this decline based on roughly 2 months of revenue data (April 22, 2015-June 30, 2015). The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) data analysis suggests that other factors should be considered when accounting for declining GGR, as the figures below indicate a downward trend in revenue before the ordinance went into effect.
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