Geaux Tobacco-Free

Quitting tobacco and creating tobacco-free environments for Louisiana's communities are both major steps towards a healthier Louisiana. Living tobacco-free helps to protect Louisiana's families every day. 

Learn more about free resources for quitting in Louisiana below. To find out what our Louisiana Tobacco Coalition partners are doing across the state to help communities geaux tobacco-free click here

Tobacco-Free Policies

 

Protecting others from second-hand smoke can start in any of the places and spaces where we live work and play - at home, at work, at a restaurant or even in schools. Protecting these places can reduce others' exposure to second-hand smoke, keeping air healthy and clean for all Louisiana residents.

Learn more about creating a tobacco-free policy here. 

Smoke-Free vs. Tobacco-Free

Smoke-free means being free of exposure to or the use of any lighted or heated tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah, and other lighted or heated combustible plant material.

Tobacco-free means being free from the use of cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, or smoking tobacco. This includes being smoke-free. Tobacco-free goes beyond smoke-free by included all other tobacco products. 

Where do e-cigarettes or vapor products fall?

Sometimes the definition of “smoking” can also include vapor products, including any electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electric pipe or similar product or device and any vapor cartridge or other container of nicotine or other substances in a solution or other form that is intended to be used with an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe or similar device.

Vaping and Tobacco Toolkit

Toolkit for Partners: How You Can Help End the Vaping Epidemic

Additional resources by profession:

Parents

  • Click here for "What Parents Need to Know"
  • Click here for a Tip Sheet for Parents
  • Click here for the "Vape Talk" Conversation Guide, a resource developed by the American Lung Association.

Educators/Coaches

  • Click here for "What Educators and Coaches Need to Know".
  • Click here to ensure your school’s policy complies with Louisiana law, LA RS 17:240 (A) and (B), and to find resources for effective implementation.
  • Click here for CDC's Evidence Brief: Tobacco Industry-Sponsored Youth Prevention Programs in Schools.
  • To learn about an alternative to teen nicotine suspension or citation program (INDEPTH) or if you are a Louisiana high school interested in serving as a pilot for the American Lung Associations updated Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) Teen Smoking and Vaping Program, email WellAhead@la.gov for details.
Presentation TA
  • "I would like presentation material that I can use to educate youth on vaping."
    • Click here for Presentation PPT Slidedeck and Talking Points designed by the CDC for Teachers, Health Educators, and Coaches to educate youth on vaping and e-cigarettes. 
  • "I would like someone to come to my school or community to give a presentation."
    • To request a training or presentation for your school or organization, please email tobaccofreeliving@lphi.org
    • Presentations include information on the health risks of vapes, nicotine dependence, tobacco industry advertising tactics, and youth tobacco data. Many of these presentations are even youth led!  

Healthcare Providers

  • Click here for "What Healthcare Providers Need to Know"
  • Click here for a Healthcare Provider Conversation Card

Access Fact Sheets:

For more stats and facts, click here.

Cessation Resources can be found here.

Tobacco Retailers

Responsible sale of age-restricted products such as tobacco, alternative tobacco, and vapor products is an important part of your business.

Effective November 1, 2018, Louisiana ACT No. 188 requires that all tobacco point of purchase signage include the following language: "For assistance in quitting tobacco call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.quitwithusla.org."

Tobacco point of purchase signage that does not include this language does not meet the requirements of Louisiana law. Failure to comply may result in a fine imposed by the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

New: On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, raising the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes, to anyone under 21. For more information, click here to review a statement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

It is anticipated that Louisiana law will be changed to reflect federal legislation in the 2020 Legislative Session. In the event that occurs, the downloadable tobacco point of purchase signage below will be updated to reflect the new minimum age of sale of tobacco products. The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will provide more information as it becomes available.

To be sure your signage is complaint with current Louisiana law, follow the three easy steps below.

Step 1: Pick Your Sign

By clicking the links below, you can access free, compliant tobacco signs for your business or vending machines. Choose the size and design that best fits your needs. All signs below are compliant.

Step 2: Print Your Sign

You can print your selected sign using your office or home printer! Signs can be printed on letter-sized paper or cardstock. No color ink? Don’t worry! Grayscale signage is compliant, too. You can also trim the excess white border after printing. Print Tip! The medium rectangle sign should be printed in landscape mode. This sign requires no trimming! No printer? Download the sign you selected on a USB drive and take it to your local print shop for printing.

Step 3: Post Your Sign

Signage must be placed at point of purchase of tobacco products. In order to be in compliance with Louisiana law, signage must be posted in a location (or multiple locations) where patrons are easily able to see and read the text while making their purchase. For FAQs, click here.

For more information, Please contact the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control at (225)-925-4041.

Outbreak of Lung Disease Associated with E-cigarette Use or Vaping

  • Click here to learn about vaping-related illnesses in Louisiana.
  • Click here for the latest outbreak information from the CDC.
    • Click here for the latest CDC outbreak press releases.
  • Click here for the Louisiana outbreak press release.

CDC has developed an Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Product Use or Vaping: Information for Clinicians Presentation, key messagesand a poster that can be displayed in clinics. 

 Images of lungs

 

Smoke-Free Housing

Geauxing smoke-free in public housing just got a whole lot easier! Click here to check out Well-Ahead Louisiana’s resources and find out your next steps in geauxing smoke-free.

Cessation Resources

Tobacco cessation resources, also known as quit resources, are treatments to help people quit tobacco use. These treatments can involve the combination of nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, medications and/or group and individual counseling.

Want to go tobacco-free and don’t know where to start? Click here

Click here to find out the different resources available to residents of Louisiana.

Facts: Did you know?

"the tobacco industry's youth smoking prevention activities and programs have not provided evidence that they are effective at reducing youth smoking"

          
 
"JUUL's flavored e-cigarettes deliver massive doses of nicotine"
 
References
Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2019). Big Tobacco Is Back With A New Way to Addict Kids: Juul's Flavored E-Cigarettes. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/youth/evidence-brief/index.htm.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. (2019). Evidence Brief: Tobacco Industry Sponsored Youth Prevention Programs in Schools. Retrieved from https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/juul.

Video Resource Bank

 



FREEDOM FROM TOBACCO

IS JUST ONE CALL AWAY!

1-800-QUIT-NOW

Open 24/7 for all Louisiana residents ages 13 and over.


1. Visit quitwithusla.org to chat online with a quit coach
2. Talk to your health care provider about developing a quit plan

Additional Cessation Resources 

Smoking Cessation Trust
For Louisiana Smokers who began smoking before September 1, 1988

LSU Tobacco Control Initiative
Comprehensive treatment program available in many Louisiana hospitals

Fax-To-Quit Louisiana Program
For health systems to provide intervention to patients 

1-800-QUIT-NOW | QuitWithUsLa.org
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free quit coaching or get registered for our free web-based quit program to chat with a quit coach today. 

 

Smokefree.gov
A free resource including quit coaches and quit plans supporting those wishing to quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
http://smokefree.gov/

Smokefree Women
http://women.smokefree.gov/

Smokefree Teens
http://teen.smokefree.gov/

Smokefree en Espanol
http://espanol.smokefree.gov