Smoking Ban?


Those are the questions from the LP grab bag this week. Here’s what people said about smokin’ in the New Orleans boysroom.

•   “I love non-smoking bars and go to them as much as I can.

•   “No, I do not. A smoking ban in bars could hurt most businesses.

•   “Possibly more people enjoying a cocktail in a lounge.

•   “Yes. It would be better.

•  Yes. Make them better.

•  “Yes! I prefer no smoking… I think a ban on bars would create a lot of initial outcry then everyone would adjust - for the better

•  “Yes, I would go to some bars more often if they weren’t so much smoke!

•  “No, I don’t. More and more people do. I think we’re going to hear people scream about people trying to change New Orleans, oftentimes I’m one of them. New Orleans is a non PC town, but this is something that is good even for smokers. I think once it happens, people will be accepting of it here, and even prefer it.

•  “Absolutely, I never go to bars that are smoky. Ban is a long time coming but I think smoking is a novelty for tourists.

•    “I do consider smoking and much prefer smoke-free bars. However, I appreciate the freedom of bars to decide in New Orleans.

•     “It is a big consideration when I go out. Some of the best bars in the city can be truly unpleasant for nonsmokers and I would like to see that change. The drinks I’m buying are bad enough for my health without inhaling someone’s smoke at the same time. I think a ban would mean more people outside to smoke. But at least in NOLA we’re not forcing people outside in bitterly cold conditions like cities farther north.

•     “Yes. For the better. ”

•    “Yes I do. Sometimes I have to leave a bar when it gets too smoky.  Even if the music is good. ”

•    “I think Latoya Cantrell should be focusing on real problems in the city, like woeful education outcomes, crumbling infrastructure, and criminal justice issues.”

•    “I don’t consider it, and it would certainly change the city. It would be healthier but less of the free attitude.”   

•    “Yes. I think initially, it may affect the bars but I think if the owners designate a smoking section outside, it will even out.
“Prefer non-smoking. People would be upset if it was banned. Alcohol and cigs go together.

•   Go Latoya!!

•   “Yes, it depends on whether I want to smell smoke in my hair for the next 24 hours or how drunk I already am ”

•    “Planes are missing, children too. Yet you bombard my phone with trivial bullshit like smoking, and who’s taking a stance against it? Kiss my ass you substance less bastard.

•    “YES! I definitely consider whether or not the bar allows smoking before I decide if I’m going to go for a drink or listen to music or something. I have lived in a number of cities that have instituted smoking bans, and after the initial grumbling, everything kind of went back to normal. Bars filled with people, with the only difference being that smokers went outside when they wanted to take a break. I love to watch saints games at bars, but won’t go to anywhere that allows smoking inside. Did that for two games and smelled so bad afterwards I simply couldn’t go back.


•   “I don’t really. It would change the atmosphere for good in some cases, certainly for “bad” in others. I have a very hard time believing a ban would arrive at ”

•    “I choose not to go to bars where smoking is allowed. Smoke is an enjoyment killer.”

•    “How is this question even newsworthy? With all that’s going on, could you not get a consensus on something of relevance or importance?”

•   “Let people smoke. If smoking is that bothersome to you nonsmoker’s, stay out of public places that allow it. Or better yet, drink in your own backyard”

•    “I absolutely choose bars based on smokiness. I think bars w live music should be smoke free”

•    “I definitely consider it for health reasons and because of the odor in my hair and clothing afterwards. The ban will impact the local “love and let live culture,” but I think it’s an acceptable change.”

•    “Yes. Nola should ban smoking in public spaces. ”

•    “Yes. Strongly prefer non smoking !”

•    “that a smoking ban will not affect tourist’s decisions to visit the city. All in all I think it’s a change that’s long overdue. ”

•    “These cities have also shown that profits aren’t affected. People will always go out to drink, especially in NOLA. A survey of tourists in New Orleans showed ”

•    “I do consider smoking/non-smoking when choosing a bar to go to. I choose non-smoking whenever possible. I think a ban on smoking in bars would change New Orleans for the better. The health of bar workers and patrons will improve and other cities have shown that smoking rates drop after smoking is banned in bars. ”

•    “Do not smoke even at bar.”

•    “Yes. It would improve the health and well being of patrons and employees.

•    “I like it better when people are NOT smoking. And it’d probably be bad to ban smoking. ”

•    “Yes. It would change the vibe of certain bars. Take away some of the mystique.”


AAN 2014-engaging your community panel results

The Listening Post asked participants at the AAN conference in Nashville “What does community journalism mean to you…”

Here’s what came back at us. 

  • Local reporters, local stories that impact my life, news that affect my decisions, news that empowers me to engage and join the community
  • Making sure my neighbors are informed
  • It means being relevant to our community. Encouraging & soliciting the voices in our community to be and stay engaged and involved in the conversation.
  • Knowing what’s happening around the corner from my house
  •  I want “real news” local news news that directly affects my community and my communities concerns
What What??!? Happy B-day LP

What What??!? Happy B-day LP

National HIV Testing Day

Human Rights Watch says 40% of HIV cases in New Orleans go untreated

June 27th is National HIV testing day. Click here or below to find out where you can go to get tested for free in New Orleans. 


In honor of HIV awareness we kept things simple this week and asked: 

  • How has HIV impacted your life?

Here’s what you said:

Dead friends.”

I had a relative who died from aids, this was very hard on our family. We were very supportive of our sick relative.”

"Hasn’t really”

4 friends had HIV and have since passed.”

It hasn’t!!!!”

Minimally. I did have my brother’s 1st wife’s son from her 1st marriage die of aids in the late 80s. That’s it.”

It hasn’t”

My wife works with HIV clients with legal issues”

I’ve gotten tested a few times. Once at Planned Parenthood, where I waited for hours in a lobby with mostly women, many of the moms, many of them lower income and uninsured, waiting to get tested. That stays with me.”

Lost many friends. I’m a wf - hetero - but that doesn’t mesn I haven’t been careful sexually.”

I use protection”

Not significantly except by making me more careful, out of awareness of it.”

What’s your favorite weeknight recipe?

One thing we’re asking about this week is how often people cook at home. It can be difficult and tedious to cook for yourself on a regular basis. How many stir fries (stir frys?) can one person tolerate in a month???

But it doesn’t always have to be like that. There are some simple recipes that can help break up the monotony. I like this recipe for shrimp and hominy tortilla soup


Here’s another from Listening Post founder emeritus Jesse Hardman.

Dear Kate- when it’s hot in the summer, I try to eat cool foods. Like a little gazpacho soup, or this tasty and nutritious treat.

It’s called Mung Yoga Bowl, but don’t let the name put you off. Not everyone wants to turn their home into a guru-directed meditation retreat. This refreshing meal is great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. How do I know? That’s how I rolled yesterday. And rolled, and rolled and rolled some more, because this great recipe gave me so much energy.

1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 tablespoon minced ginger
1/2 small serrano chile, seeded
1/2 cup cilantro, plus more for serving
1/4 cup green onion tops
1/2 cup spinach
scant 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

5-6 cups cooked mung beans
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/3 cup toasted almonds and/or pepitas
3 tablespoons warmed olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
lots of freshly squeezed lime juice

What’s your favorite simple recipe to prepare at home (or have someone prepare for you)? Tweet us @LP_NOLA or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Meet our new intern!


Myron Miller is going to be helping us out this summer at our latest Listening Post location: VAYLA headquarters in New Orleans East! 

Welcome to the team, Myron!