New Orleans Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell is about to kick off on a city-wide campaign that she hopes will drum up support to make all bars in the city smoke-free.

Cantrell told that “this has been going on across the country for over a decade now, and so we have real facts that it is not a negative impact on our businesses.” She added that smoking bans increase revenues while making bars and lounges cheaper to maintain.

Cantrell will begin the campaign at bars that are currently voluntarily smoke-free, adding that the city council could make the change without the need for a citywide election.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.