Casinos in Shreveport, La. will once again be able to allow their patrons to light up, as on Tuesday the Shreveport City Council passed an amendment to the city’s smoking ban that will repeal the prohibition on smoking in such establishments.

The amendment, which requires casinos to make at least 25 percent of their floor space non-smoking, passed by a 4-2 vote with one council member not present at the meeting. Reports from local media said that protestors tried to sway the council away from passing the amendment, with public comment taking up approximately two hours of the meeting.

Casinos in Shreveport supported the amendment, claiming that they were being put on an uneven playing field when compared to those in neighboring Bossier City, which allows smoking in all of its casinos.

Shreveport put the ban into place on Aug. 8, 2020, but delayed implementation for gaming facilities until Aug. 1, 2021.

The change will go into effect on June 1, making Shreveport the first city in the state to repeal an anti-smoking law.

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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 previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.