On Tuesday night, the Shreveport City Council passed the second and final reading of an ordinance that will ban smoking and vaping in city parks as well as bars and most businesses, including casinos, after a previously passed exemption was removed from the ordinance.

The removal of the exemption for casinos was proposed by Councilwoman LeVette Fuller, District B, in what was positions as a way to put the majority of businesses within the city on equal ground. Exemptions for retail tobacco businesses, cigar bars and hookah bars remained in the ordinance.

The final reading of the ordinance passed by a 5-2 vote, with the ban going into effect in 60 days.

Shreveport is located in the northwest corner of the state, less than 15 miles from the Texas border. It has a population of around 189,000 residents.

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 MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.