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Securing Smokefree Laws Covering Casinos and Bars in Louisiana via Messaging, Continuous Campaigning and Health Coalitions

Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143-1390, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(7), 3936; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073936
Received: 15 February 2022 / Revised: 21 March 2022 / Accepted: 23 March 2022 / Published: 25 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Topic Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality)
In this paper, we examine efforts by health organizations seeking comprehensive smokefree ordinances over Louisiana casinos and bars between 2010 and 2020 to determine best practices for increasing coverage. Bars and casinos remain less protected from secondhand smoke compared to other workplaces in the United States. Casino behavior is compared to the Policy Dystopia Model (PDM), a tobacco industry strategy framework. We performed a historical case study using snowball searches for news on the Access World News Database and the internet. We performed web searches using the names of key actors, organizations, and locations and interviewed nine participants. Starting in 2010, the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living ran ordinance campaigns supplemented by an ongoing statewide smokefree media initiative. Utilizing consistent strategies, including promoting performers as cultural emblems deserving protection, health organizations coalesced in New Orleans during 2014 and Baton Rouge in 2016 and 2017 to pursue ordinances. The coalitions secured ordinances in Louisiana’s population and tourism centers despite business resistance. Organizations obtained 30 smokefree laws across Louisiana by 2021. Casinos used PDM strategies to resist ordinances, indicating the framework may predict strategies by non-tobacco entities resisting tobacco control. Louisiana shows that ongoing local campaigns, social justice themes and cultural messaging with coalitions in cities can secure smokefree laws covering casinos and bars and that local ordinance campaigns are a viable method for advancing smokefree protections over those venues in states where the state legislatures are resistant to action. View Full-Text
Keywords: smokefree; industry; regulation; advocacy; tobacco control smokefree; industry; regulation; advocacy; tobacco control
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Wakefield, T.D.; Glantz, S.A. Securing Smokefree Laws Covering Casinos and Bars in Louisiana via Messaging, Continuous Campaigning and Health Coalitions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 3936. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073936

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Wakefield TD, Glantz SA. Securing Smokefree Laws Covering Casinos and Bars in Louisiana via Messaging, Continuous Campaigning and Health Coalitions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(7):3936. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073936

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Wakefield, Tanner D., and Stanton A. Glantz. 2022. "Securing Smokefree Laws Covering Casinos and Bars in Louisiana via Messaging, Continuous Campaigning and Health Coalitions" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 7: 3936. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073936

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