Another Louisiana city as snuffed out smoking in its bars and casinos, as on Wednesday the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council approved an ordinance that bans smoking from bars and casinos.

The ban was approved by a 7-5 and will go into effect next June as a compromise to ease the transition to the new regulation.

According to the proposal, the ban includes cigars, cigarettes, pipes, and any other lighted or heated device tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, including hookahs, and marijuana, whether natural or synthetic, in any form, and the use of electronic smoking devices in public and enclosed places within the city of Baton Rouge and parish of East Baton Rouge.

East Baton Rouge Parish is the most populous in the state, with a population of 446,753 people.

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