Supporters of smoke-free bars want New Orleans to be the next Louisiana city to ban smoking in bars.
Bars in New Orleans that allow smoking are being encouraged to prohibit it this week as part of an effort to measure support for the idea of banning smoking.
This fall, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell plans to introduce legislation to make the city's bars and public buildings smoke free.
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) has led the charge in Baton Rouge for a statewide ban on smoking in bars, but that legislation has failed to pass.
TFL Associate Director Tonia Moore says they've had more success on the local level, as 6 municipalities in the state have banned smoking in bars: the cities of Alexandria, Monroe and West Monroe, the towns of Woodworth and Cheneyville and the parish of Ouachita.
Moore says she's not sure how tough it will be to achieve the same thing in the Big Easy.
"New Orleans is a very large city as far as people, the number of people and the number of bars. Right now there are about 500 bars in New Orleans," Moore said.