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.