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The air in New Orleans is filled — with the sounds of jazz bands, with the smells of Creole and Cajun foods, with general bons temps. But soon, there may be one pollutant removed from New Orleans bars, and that’s a breath of fresh air for New Orleanians.

As a smoking ban is considered for bars and the casino in New Orleans this week, “Smoke-Free Week 2.0” coincided with APHA’s 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition. APHA usually has its Annual Meeting in cities that are smoke-free, but the Association had promised to come back to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina canceled the 2005 meeting. But APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin told New Orleans, if the city doesn’t go smoke-free, “we won’t be back.”

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