Workplace smoking laws apply to any enclosed workplace, excluding bars and outdoor patios.
Smoking is prohibited in any enclosed workplace. Smoking is permitted outdoors, unless employer posts signs prohibiting smoking in the outdoor area.
Louisiana does not require employers to create designated smoking areas or provide other accommodations for smokers in the workplace.
Louisiana doesn’t specifically require employers to provide workplace accommodations for nonsmoker employees.
Louisiana laws don’t address employer policies on smoking in the workplace. Local laws regulating smoking -- at the city, county, or town level -- may require employers to have a policy on smoking in some areas. And even though it’s not required by law in Louisiana, employers are generally free to adopt policies on smoking in the workplace if they choose to.
An employer may not require prospective employee to refrain from using tobacco products outside of work as a condition of employment, or discriminate against smokers or nonsmokers regarding termination, layoffs, wages, benefits, or other terms of employment.
If you want to go right to the source and look up Louisiana law on workplace smoking laws -- or if you're writing a letter to your employer or employee and want to cite the applicable law -- the relevant statute(s) can be found at La. Rev. Stat. Ann. Sections 40:1300.251 to 40:1300.263, 23:966. Workplace smoking information is also available in Nolo's books Your Rights in the Workplace, by Barbara Repa (Nolo) and The Employer's Legal Handbook, by Fred Steingold (Nolo).