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Edgar Degas: The…

Apr 1 - May 24, 2015
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EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Apr 1 - Jun 7, 2015
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Jim Roche: Cultural…

Apr 1 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Kikuo Saito at…

Apr 1 - 4, 2015
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from New York… more

M.S. Rau Antiques…

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Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Apr 1 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Opera on Tap

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Now in its 8th season, Opera on Tap - New Orleans is attracting people from… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Apr 1 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

Smoker's World…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Join us at the Maple Leaf Bar for Smoker's World featuring Eric… more

Tennessee Williams:…

Apr 1 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The New Orleans…

Apr 1 - Nov 18, 2015
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The Victory Belles…

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YLC Wednesday at the…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
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Exhibition Opening -…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art will showcase works from the Ogden… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Apr 2 - 4, 2015
Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a couple… more

Longvue House and…

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Dine at the magnificent estate of Longue Vue House and Gardens while brushing… more

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Southern Rep Theatre…

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The Trio feat. Johnny…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Join us for The Trio featuring the Trio feat. Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter… more

Yappy Hour in the…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Apr 1 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

This Hotel is Smokin! – Figuratively, that is…

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This Hotel is Smokin! - Figuratively, that is...
The first smoke-free hotel in New Orleans pays tribute to
American Heart Association's 50 year campaign 


New Orleans-May 30, 2013- New Orleans has always been a party town, a no-rules city, a laissez le bon temps rouler kind of place. So hanging up a "No Smoking" sign in January of 2006 in any New Orleans establishment was a striking move - and one that shed light on a hotel that is committed to a progressive, vibrant future for the city. 50 years ago on June 8, 1963 the American Heart Association (AHA) became the first agency to campaign against cigarettes. After years of tireless efforts by the AHA, International House, the first boutique hotel in New Orleans, became another FIRST - the first hotel in the state Louisiana to declare its own official non-smoking movement.

Seven years ago, visionary developer-hotelier Sean Cummings led Louisiana's non-smoking effort with a campaign called "You're beautiful. We care. Please don't!" Passionate to spread the word, Sean developed a public service announcement gathering influential public figures like Harvey Keitel, Hill Harper, and Patrick Reynolds together in his efforts.

"New Orleans is no longer 'The City that Care Forgot'" says Cummings, "and in fact, her citizens have shown now more than ever in this post-Katrina era how much they do care. Smoking is out and has no place in our hotels."
In New Orleans, music, its food, its architecture, on the riverfront, in our culture, there's a passion for world-class excellence. "No Smoking is one big step we took to further boost the length and quality of life in America's most soulful city" says Cummings. "After all," he adds, "how can we possibly have our famous ‘joie de vivre' without the ‘vivre'?"
 
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