Most of Nevada's workplaces and indoor public places are required to be 100% smokefree by state law, including schools, day care centers, restaurants, and bars serving food. Stand-alone bars and gaming areas of casinos are exempt. The state law was passed by voter initiative in November 2006 and took effect on December 8, 2006. According to the state law, Nevada's cities and towns are allowed to strengthen smokefree policy further at the local level. Support for 100% smokefree bars and casinos in Nevada is gaining momentum. Contact us to get involved.

Public Support is High
A poll conducted in 2009 found that 72% of Nevada voters support the smokefree state law. During the 2009 legislative session, legislators passed a law to exempt convention centers from the smokefree law. Supporters from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, with support from the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, filed a lawsuit to challenge that exemption in late 2009 and that challenge remains underway.

Nevada's Casino Workers Face Serious Health Risks
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a report in 2009 showing workers in Las Vegas casinos are exposed to dangerous levels of secondhand smoke at work. The NIOSH report recommends making casinos 100% smokefree to ensure indoor air within casinos is safe for workers to breathe.

NIOSH conducted indoor air quality tests and biomarker assessments on 124 card dealers in Bally's, Caesars Palace, and Paris casinos on the Las Vegas strip. Researchers found secondhand smoke components in the air including nicotine, 4-vinyl pyridine, solanesol, benzene, toluene, p-dichlorormethane, and formaldehyde. Researchers also conducted urinary testing of workers during and after their shifts which indicated cancer causing toxins in secondhand smoke were absorbed into workers’ bodies.

Learn more about the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act.

Clean Indoor Air Act Information and Complaint Lines:
Washoe County District Health Department: 775-328-2434
Southern Nevada Health District (Clark County): 702-759-0588
Other areas of Nevada: 775-684-5914

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Nevada.

2017 State Legislative Session

State Quitline Numbers:
1-702-877-0684 (Las Vegas)

American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

We all deserve to breathe clean indoor air
St. George Daily Spectrum - August 23, 2016

"And, you know, we were never told that working in this environment would be like smoking … In fact, we felt pretty honored to work in the casinos," she said.

WNC Moving Toward Tobacco-Free Campuses
WNC News - July 21, 2016

"We have a newly named Healthy Campus Committee that has established a goal for WNC being completely tobacco-free by the fall of 2017," said Mark Ghan, ...

Smoking now banned at the Westgate sports book
Las Vegas Review-Journal (blog) - March 18, 2016

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, formerly the LVH, is photographed Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. …

Fresh Meeting Venues Offer Even Fresher Air
ThisisReno - March 16, 2016

"When Washoe County Health Department started the Smoke Free Meetings project nearly five years ago, I don't think the team thought the list of potential ...

Smoke-free advocates in Nevada looking closely at Calif. bill
KTNV Las Vegas - March 17, 2016

Smoke-free advocates in Nevada are looking closely at a California bill that would raise the smoking age to 21. Right now, people can buy a pack of cigarettes in ...

Packham: What's missing from marijuana legalization? Oversight
Reno Gazette Journal - March 10, 2016

... to regulate youth access and other potential harms to health based on what we have learned from a half-century of tobacco prevention and control efforts.

Stay away from smoke
St . March 10, 2016

It's easy to speculate about what will happen if smoking isn't allowed inside any public building ... Secondhand smoke is more dangerous than firsthand smoke.

Las Vegas man badly injured after e-cig battery explodes [VIDEO]
KTNV Las Vegas - March 9, 2016

A Las Vegas man is planning a lawsuit against the manufacturer of an e-cigarette battery after he says one exploded in his pocket. Daniel King provided pictures of the third degree burns to his leg he claims he suffered Feb. 8. …

Letters to the editor
St. George Daily Spectrum - March 7, 2016

Ron Eckels letter to the editor on Friday, March 4, was spot on. Ron, we are all getting tired of seeing, hearing and reading about this organization condemning our local casinos for allowing patrons to smoke. If this "movement" was about any other business other than gaming establishments, we would all be for it but they are trying to change CASINOS!! In NEVADA!! And who are these people anyway and where do they come from? They claim they are "trying to protect workers." They don't give a hoot about these workers. So, Ron is right, give them an inch, they will take a mile. I think this anti-smoke group ought to focus on the real problem here: Illegal drugs being bought and sold here, and then you will have our communitys attention. …

Council ponders smoke shop moratorium
St. George Daily Spectrum - March 3, 2016

Cedar City Council members heard arguments Wednesday night on a proposed ordinance that would prevent any new stores selling e-cigarettes from opening. …

Council to consider e-cigarette ordinance at Wednesday's meeting
St. George Daily Spectrum - March 2, 2016

Cedar City Council will consider Wednesday an ordinance that would prevent new smoke shops from opening within city limits. The ordinance would impose a six-month moratorium on the issuing of business licenses for tobacco specialty retail businesses. … Ashley Whiting, Cedar Middle School counselor and ICPC member, said she is seeing elementary, middle and high school students regularly using e-cigarettes. …

Nevada's Conventions And Events Encouraged To Clear The Air
ThisisReno (NV) - March 1, 2016

There's no room for secondhand smoke at your next conference or event. That's the message county health experts and cancer-prevention organizations are sharing with the ongoing Smoke Free Meetings project.

The Ides of March: ASUN Campaigns ramp up as primary, general ...
The Nevada Sagebrush (blog) - March 1, 2016

The candidates answered a wide range of questions, from their own campaign platforms to questions on the campus smoking ban to questions on diversity at ...

Las Vegas Paiutes announce plans to build medical pot dispensaries
Las Vegas Review-Journal - February 29, 2016

Vice chairman Chris Spotted Eagle of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe sprinkles .... its client base later if the state approves recreational sale and use of marijuana.

Letters to the editor
St. George Daily Spectrum - February 29, 2016

In the article, Mayor Al Litman was quoted as saying its the Nevada State Legislature that must pass a state law to remove the exemptions in the statewide law, the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, which currently allows for smoking in age-restricted bars, gaming areas of casinos, and retail tobacco stores. While a state law would make great sense, its even more important to note this problem is solvable at the local level. In fact, with passage of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act in 2006, Nevada Revised Statutes 202.2483 allows for local jurisdictions to enact stronger laws than the state law with regard to smoking of tobacco in public places. Specifically, the language reads, Nothing in state law shall be construed to restrict local control or otherwise prohibit a county, city, or town from adopting and enforcing local tobacco control measures that meet or exceed the minimum applicable standards set forth in this section.

Keeping It Local: The Stick
KOLO - February 25, 2016

The Stick will be a non-smoking and non-gaming lounge. Towell says he wants to keep the focus on the food and the sports, while creating a fun atmosphere for ...

Clean Indoor Air Coalition to host public roundtable
St. George Daily Spectrum - February 22, 2016

The Mesquite Citizens for Clean Indoor Air Coalition will host a community roundtable discussion at 5 p.m. Thursday inside the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 1030 Pioneer Blvd. The roundtable is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow a panel discussion that will include casino and bar workers, a business owner and an area healthcare provider. The U.S. Surgeon General has declared there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, said Chris Picior, a representative for the local clean air movement. It is well understood that even the most expensive air filtration systems do not protect workers inside buildings where smoking occurs, leaving one-third of Mesquite workers at risk for serious, even fatal, illnesses.

Smoking And Gambling Hard Habit To Break In Nevada
KNPR February 17, 2016

Lets set the scene. Thousands of tourists land in Las Vegas every day. And like clockwork, they check in, grab a drink, maybe throw a 20 into a slot and light up a cigarette. Walk into any bar in Las Vegas, for that matter, and a cloud of smoke will likely greet you.

Nevada receives failing grades from American Lung Association
St. George Daily Spectrum - February 15, 2016

She likes to spend time at one of the city's casinos, whether to eat at one of the ... Picior cited the Blackhawk Casino in Colorado, which went smoke- free in 2007 ...

Wynn Resorts, Limited Revenue Slides as Macanese Distress ...
Bidness ETC - February 12, 2016

The Las Vegas, Nevada-based casino operator reported revenue of $946.9 ... use their hidden banking connections to attract high-end rollers to casinos and resorts ... government was considering relaxing the ban on smoking in casino floors.

Palace Casino repeats four diamond rating and goes green
World Casino Directory - February 8, 2016

It is the Gulf Coasts' first and only smoke-free casino. Palace Casino repeats four diamond rating and goes green was...

Why I hate Las Vegas
The Guardian - February 5, 2016

... but sheer laziness) smoking (yes, casino hotels allows smoking indoors), with ... inside the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, for 45 minutes, get married, ...

Champagne wishes and caviar dreams - now add cigar pleasures
Las Vegas Sun - February 2, 2016

... Arcella own and operate 11 retail cigar boutiques in the Strip casinos. ... "In a cigar bar, you expect to see cigar smokers, and outside nobody takes offense.

OK to settle for lesser keno progressives
GamingTodaySlotsToday - January 26, 2016

Both MegaKeno and Station Casinos Jumbo Progressive offer 6 to 9 spots in ... show courtesy to the writers and refrain from smoking in their presence and in the ...

City Council preps for Tuesday meeting
St. George Daily Spectrum - January 25, 2016

Community Educator Christine Picior helped head the project, giving students essay titles like "I heart clean air," "Clean air is good," and "Smoke free air is good ...

Mesquite Mayor to Award Local Students for Art, Essays About ...
Mesquite Local News - January 20, 2016

... and the American Lung Association in Nevada, about the importance of breathing clean, smoke-free air indoors. Following the lessons the students created art ...

Ask Joe: Are businesses following no-smoking law?
KRNV My News 4 - January 11, 2016

Ulibarri says there are a few exceptions to the smoking ban. The exceptions are gaming areas inside of casinos, stand alone bars and bars or restaurants in ...

Peppermill recognized by American Lung Association [VIDEO] January 7, 2016

RENO, Nev - The American Lung is honoring Bill Paganetti & family from the Peppermill for their work regarding air quality. The casino has maintained a smoke free slots section and has an enclosed poker room for the best air quality possible. Frankie Vigil, The executive director of the American Lung Association in Nevada stopped by to tell us more. ,,,

Cannery poker rooms combine for $10K freeroll
GamingTodaySlotsToday - January 5, 2016

It is a smoke free environment with a professional and courteous staff. The comp system is simple and easy to understand. Players get $1 for every hour of play ...

Why isn't there a tobacco ban?
Las Vegas Sun - December 23, 2015

We ban lead in paint, reduce toxins in car exhaust to almost undetectable levels, eliminate dyes with ... OBama quit smoking so we can expect an Executive Action banning smoking before he leaves office. ... We banned the lead in paint.

Famed Cal Neva to reopen
Tahoe Weekly - December 3, 2015

The 10-story, 191-unit resort, which will include a non-smoking casino, will feature accommodations with panoramic vistas of Lake Tahoe and three restaurants.

Arizona Charlie's Casinos Gives Back to Vegas Community with ... - November 19, 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, Arizona Charlie's Casinos will spread holiday ... private clubhouse and exercise room, a 47,000 square foot casino with over 900 slot, ... Arizona Charlie's Decatur is home to the first fully enclosed non-smoking ...

Get Healthy Carson City: Take a stand against tobacco
Nevada Appeal- November 10, 2015

The Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative is encouraging campuses across the nation to take a 1Day Stand on Nov. 19, 2015, to celebrate the Great ...

Tobacco-Free UNR Still A Work In Progress
Reno Public Radio - November 4, 2015

That's according to Bronson Frick, the associate director for Americans for non-smokers rights, the nation's leading lobbyist for nonsmoking legislation. "The fact ...

Once restrictions fade, pot tourism may become reality
Las Vegas Review-Journal (blog) - October 10, 2015

Will some people smoke weed more for recreational purposes, or to write a song? You bet your booty. Pharmaceutical companies and tobacco companies are ...

Smoked Out: UNR's transition to a tobacco-free campus
The Nevada Sagebrush (blog) - October 6, 2015

An anonymous man takes a smoke break outside the Nazir Ansari Business ... System of Higher Education to enact tight restrictions on the use of tobacco, ...

Mesquite group continues to fight for clean air in workplaces
St. George Daily Spectrum - October 5, 2015

The graph said one Mesquite casino has a level of about 80 PM whereas a smoke-free restaurant has about 0. The chart also explained that the smoke within ...

Skill-based games are hot this year at G2E
The Weather Space - October 2, 2015

Konami Gaming already developing so-called skill-based casino games, but ... are being offered to US-based social casinos in a unique G2E show promotion. ... the air is cleaner in Nevada prisons - where smoking is prohibited - than in ...

Change comes slowly in casino industry
Las Vegas Review-Journal (blog) - October 1, 2015

This week's G2E protests, with a few dozen sign-waving participants, were promoted by a Colorado group called Smoke-Free Gaming of America and the ...

Gaming expo picketers want smoke-free casinos
Elko Daily Free Press - September 30, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas workers who want to ban smoking in casinos say ... have gone done for casinos in every jurisdiction that has banned smoking.

Haze of hypocrisy hangs in smoky casino air
Las Vegas Review-Journal (blog) - September 29, 2015

You're not allowed to smoke within 25 feet of the entrance to the Sands Expo and Convention Center, according to the sign. On Tuesday morning, smokers blurred the 25-foot rule to catch a few puffs between programs at the annual Global Gaming Expo. That irony, fogged in hypocrisy, wasn't lost on Stephanie Steinberg. She led a small protest by Smoke-Free Gaming of America...

Outside gaming expo, table-game dealers push for smoke-free casinos
Las Vegas Sun - September 30, 2015

Las Vegas dealers who picketed Tuesday morning outside the Global Gaming Expo say they can handle the occasional drunken customer or angry gambler losing bets. But theres another nuisance permeating their work environment they cant tolerate: smoking. Theyre tired of the carcinogenic puffs of smoke in their faces. Tired of gaming executives placing profits over employees health. And tired of inaction from the Nevada Legislature. If the state goes nonsmoking, theres no competition, said Cynthia Falls, president of the Transport Workers Union Local 721, which represents table-game dealers. More than that, we deserve better. Why are we the last bastion for smokers?

Group rallies for smoke-free casinos [VIDEO]
KLAS-TV - September 29, 2015

"Over 800 casinos and racetracks are non-smoking in other states and these very same gaming companies that are here in Nevada, are also operating smoke ...

Smoke-free casinos rally held
KTNV Las Vegas - September 29, 2015

The rally was organized by Smoke-Free Gaming of America, which says there is no reason for casinos to have employees breathe secondhand smoke.

A Taste of Napa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas - September 28, 2015

There's also no smoking - to the delight of many health conscious travelers, like ... a two-level 27,000 square foot spa - it's kind of like a casino for the soul.

To smoke or not to smoke at casinos? That is not the question at G2E
Las Vegas Review-Journal - September 26, 2015

Not found among the list of discussion topics being covered during the Global Gaming Expo is the idea of a casinowide smoking ban... Banning smoking in casinos where the activity has long been allowed is not simple. In Las Vegas, it would need to be ...

Mackay Smoking Area to Stay Despite University Ban
KOLO - September 1, 2015

RENO, NV - Smoking has been banned on the University of Nevada campus for a month and so far the policy has been working. "It has been going great.

Nevada Campus Slowly Implements "Tobacco-Free" Stance
KTVN - September 1, 2015

As of August 1, 2015, the University of Nevada became a 'tobacco- free campus.' Smoking or chewing tobacco, and even smoking e-cigarettes are being ...

Las Vegas Review-Journal - August 2015

MARY SIBIO Beloved mother, daughter and friend, Mary Alecia Sibio, passed away Aug. 12, 2015, with her son at her side, after a courageous battle with bile duct cancer. She was born Aug. 1, 1952, in Henderson. Alecia grew up in the Las Vegas valley and graduated from Valley High School. During high school, Alecia was a member of the popular singing and touring group...

From Siena to 'Renaissance' for Reno hotel
Reno Gazette Journal - August 13, 2015

We will be a non-gaming, non-smoking facility with restaurant and entertainment venues that will be cater to local residents and businesses."...

Nevada spending on tobacco prevention falls short
Rapid News Network - August 7, 2015

... SB 140, died in an Assembly committee on July 8, after e-cigarette proponents and owners of vaping shops said their product was not nicotine-based and the ...

Mesquite group searches for way to push clean air initiative
St. George Daily Spectrum - August 7, 2015

However, Mesquite Citizens for Clean Indoor Air is thinking about the workers who are subjected to such conditions. Suzette Dacuag, director of programs for the Nevada American Lung Association, said during a Clean Indoor Air meeting that forcing employees to work in secondhand smoke is unfair. Theres no choice in breathing, she said. Its not fair that 30 percent of Mesquite people have to work in this environment. There is no safe amount of secondhand smoke.

Local group holding clean air meeting
St. George Daily Spectrum - July 24, 2015

"We care about protecting all of Mesquite's workers, residents, and visitors from secondhand smoke," said Christine Picior, community educator, and one of the ...

Sandoval signs more bills into law
Elko Daily Free Press - June 6, 2015

Senate Bill 225: This bill prohibits selling vapor products (including e-cigarettes) and alternative nicotine products to children under 18 years old and also places the regulation of such products under the Nevada Attorney General's Office.

LETTERS: Casino customers deserve clean air
Las Vegas Review-Journal - June 6, 2015

Regarding smoking in casinos, I thought if a business was open to the public, it was the ... If a casino wants to be open to the public, it should be the casino's ...

Bill regulating vaping products goes to Gov.
Nevada Appeal - May 23, 2015

The Assembly on Friday passed SB225 adding electronic cigarettes, vapor ... systems to the laws regulating the sale and advertising of tobacco products.

Letters to the Editor
St. George Daily Spectrum - May 22, 2015

The smoking in casinos does seem to be a hot topic nowadays. Smokers ... I believe it should be the casino's responsibility, if they want to be open to the public, ...

LETTERS: State cigarette tax hike a worthy move
Las Vegas Review-Journal - May 19, 2015

Higher tobacco taxes, coupled with well-funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs and smoke-free work and public places, are proven solutions to this ...

Assembly should let campus decide on tobacco ban
Reno Gazette Journal - May 15, 2015

Cigarette smoking causes an estimated 443,000 deaths each year, including just under 50,000 deaths caused by secondhand smoke, according to the National ...

Letters to the Editor: Clarification
St. George Daily Spectrum - May 14, 2015

My recent letter on secondhand smoke elicited some responses which missed the point. We did leave the casino restaurant with our grandsons. The point was that we could make that choice, the casino workers, gamblers and smokers chose to expose themselves and their families to the health and financial consequences of secondhand smoke. The kids who come here for the tournaments do not have a choice.

Letters to the editor: stop smoking
St. George Daily Spectrum - May 12, 2015

My name is George Butler and I have been a Mesquite resident for over 10 years. Id like to share my story with you so that you may understand how the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure has changed my life. When we first arrived in Mesquite, we enjoyed visiting the casinos. However, as time passed neither of us could frequent them as we had done due to the tobacco smoke in the casinos which severely aggravated her breathing.

Campus smoking bans good for all: Letter
Reno Gazette Journal - May 11, 2015

... prepared to become tomorrow's leaders and tobacco or nicotine in any form, including chewing and electronic cigarettes, have no place in such a setting.

Make better choices
Mesquite Local News - May 7, 2015

Every restaurant in Mesquite is smoke free and the restaurants within casinos are also smoke free. If you make a choice to take your grandchildren through a ... For every study that second hand smoke is a killer there is another that disputes that fact.

Blocking smoking bill bolsters freedom: Letter
Reno Gazette Journal - May 6, 2015

... passage of UNR President Johnson's bill to prohibit smoking on the UNR campus [Assembly Republicans skeptical of college smoking ban, News, April 29].

EDITORIAL: Assembly torches UNR's smoking ban effort
Las Vegas Review-Journal - May 3, 2015

A University of Nevada, Reno delegation was thoroughly schooled by lawmakers Wednesday in the very skill their institution is supposed to provide: critical ...

Nevada Legislature: Assembly Republicans skeptical of college smoking ban
Nevada Appeal - April 29, 2015

Republicans say theyre wary of a measure that would allow Nevada colleges to ban tobacco products on campus.

Wynn Resorts Lags on Q1 Earnings, Cuts Dividend by 67% - April 29, 2015

Also, credit growth concerns, tighter restrictions on visas, smoking ban in casinos and protests in Hong Kong have adversely impacted revenues generated from ...

Mesquite Casinos' Second Hand Smoke is A Killer
Mesquite Local News - April 23, 2015

Since 1964 approximately 2.5 million nonsmokers have died from health problems caused by exposure to second hand smoke. Adverse health effects include:...

Pack of liars
News and Review - April 23, 2015

... scientists-they generally haven't done original research in years-who told us science was wrong about tobacco and cancer or secondhand smoke later told ...

County targets hookah lounges for stronger regulations
Las Vegas Review-Journal - April 21, 2015

One way to do this is creating a separate business license category for the shops and storefronts that sell flavored tobacco to their patrons. Commissioners ...

LETTERS: State needs to expand no-smoking law
Las Vegas Review-Journal - April 9, 2015

This said, smoking in any business or building open to the public should be banned, as both smokers and nonsmokers are exposed to harmful secondhand ...

Legislative initiatives could affect Nevadans' health
Reno Gazette Journal - April 8, 2015

... are considering various bills that would regulate e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine, extend smoking bans contained in the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act to college ...

Updates on prior columns: E-cigarettes and access for the handicapped to the state museum
Las Vegas Review-Journal - April 2, 2015

The health district didn't come out and call it tobacco. The district called it worse than tobacco. But that didn't change or influence this lawsuit by 7-Eleven because the lawsuit wasn't about the safety of e-cigarettes. It was about trying to quash the

Bill would Allow Nevada Colleges to Ban Smoking
KNPR - April 2, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow colleges to ban on-campus smoking. University of Nevada, Reno ...

Nevadans debate bill that seeks vaping controls
Las Vegas Review-Journal - April 1, 2015

The law prohibits smoking in most public places, including schools, day care ... areas where smoking is banned, and at least a dozen restrict use of e-cigarettes.

Why not suspend store's alcohol sales, too? Letter
Reno Gazette Journal - April 1, 2015

I am comforted that CVS Pharmacy is widely advertising via television that they no longer sell tobacco products. These items were always behind the counter ...

Bill would prevent smoking in cars with children
WKRC TV Cincinnati - March 30, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) A Nevada Assembly member is bringing forward legislation making it a crime to smoke tobacco in a car with a minor present.

Health officials favor Nevada bill to ban smoking in cars with children
Las Vegas Review-Journal - March 26, 2015

The documented ill health effects from inhaling secondhand smoke were squared off against individual rights at a hearing Thursday on a bill that would ban smoking in cars while children are present. Assembly Bill 322 by Mike Sprinkle, D-Sparks, was supported in the Judiciary Committee hearing by health advocates who argued that children should not be exposed to an adult who is smoking in a confined space such as a vehicle.

Bill Would Ban Smoking in Cars With Children Present
KOLO - March 26, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada Assembly member is bringing forward legislation making it a crime to smoke tobacco in a car with a minor present.

Business Owner Reacts After Health District Proposes E-Cigarette ...
KTVN - March 25, 2015

... some of them have even tried the prescription medication to get off smoking ... the FDA or Nevada lawmakers implement new regulations to ban the sale of ...

Washoe County health officials say e-cigs should be regulated
Reno Gazette Journal - March 24, 2015

Electronic cigarettes should be regulated like any other tobacco product. That's what Washoe County health officials said in their position statement to Nevada ...

Maverik requests district support of Spring Creek store
Elko Daily Free Press - March 24, 2015

Approval of the first reading of a policy revision on the ban on students smoking tobacco products on school property. Approval of the second reading of a policy ...

WCHD: E-cigarettes should be treated like any tobacco product
KRNV My News 4 - March 24, 2015

E?cigarettes are considered electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and are battery?operated devices, often designed to resemble a cigarette, that deliver ...

Health District Releases Recommendations on E-Cigarettes
KTVN - March 24, 2015

On Tuesday, the Washoe County Health District released its position on the use of electronic cigarettes in Nevada.The Health District says it is important to know ...

New Orleans readies smoking ban, but it won't happen here
Las Vegas Review-Journal (blog) - March 17, 2015

The company opened the Horseshoe Baltimore last summer, but the entire Maryland gaming market is smoke-free. Caesars built outdoor patios adjacent to the ...

LETTERS: Second Amendment a real life-saver
Las Vegas Review-Journal - March 10, 2015

The editorial concerning e-cigarettes was completely misleading and certainly not ... e-cigarette use, including control over indoor use, regulating advertising to ...

LETTERS: Health district in fog on e-cigarette tax
Las Vegas Review-Journal - March 3, 2015

Regarding the Southern Nevada Health District's support for taxing e-cigarettes, ("Regulation of vaping supported," Feb. 19 Review-Journal), I smoked cigarettes ...

E-cigarettes would be regulated like tobacco under new bill
Las Vegas Review-Journal - March 2, 2015

CARSON CITY - Use of electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine would be regulated the same as tobacco under a bill introduced in the Nevada Senate on ..

Nev. Senate Pushes Bill To Curb E-Cigarette Use In Public
Law360 - March 2, 2015

Law360, New York (March 02, 2015, 7:34 PM ET) -- A Nevada Senate committee on Monday introduced a bill to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in certain ...

Should e-cig use be regulated in Nevada?
KVVU Las Vegas - November 20, 2014

It's now so prevalent Oxford Dictionaries earlier this week announced vape as its Word of the Year. Electronic cigarettes are marketed as something that is safe ...

Cigar Aficionado's Big Smoke Las Vegas Begins
Cigar Aficionado - November 7, 2014

Cigar Aficionado's Big Smoke Las Vegas, a weekend-long cigar celebration, is set to start tonight. As always, the event will kick off when the doors to the Friday Evening Party opens. Guests will file into a ballroom inside The Mirage Resort and Casino where they will be greeted with armloads of cigars, plenty of premium spirits, luxury sports cars, and other surprises. On Saturday night, attendees will be able to do it all over again.

Re "The market goes up in vapor" (Let Freedom Ring, Oct. 16):
Reno News & Review - November 6, 2014

One wonders what Brendan Trainor was smoking when he penned his rant on the ... of e-cigarettes and purported threats to civil liberties posed by smoking bans. Let's start with his claim that the "rationale for banning second-hand tobacco smoke is ... Vaping has been quickly banned in stadiums, shopping areas and most ...

Using medical pot firing offense in Nevada
Las Vegas Review-Journal - November 5, 2014

"There's confusion in the workplace, and not just from people smoking pot," ... challenges his firing in court - the federal ban on pot trumps the state law, he said. ... in their handbook that the company prohibits all drugs banned by the federal ...

Washoe incumbents win; GOP takes state senate majority
Reno Gazette Journal - November 5, 2014

She is also expected to sponsor legislation for a state tax on e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine in the form of water vapor. Areas where they can be smoked ...

Big Smoke Las Vegas App Arrives, Available For Download Now
Cigar Aficionado - November 3, 2014

Cigar Aficionado is proud to introduce, for the first time, a digital complement to our annual Big Smoke experience, the Big Smoke Las Vegas 2014 app. Available in Apple's App Store and the Google Play store, the Big Smoke app turns your iPhone, iPad or

Delano Las Vegas debuts on The Strip
The Gate - November 3, 2014

... combines sophistication with intimate and stylish spaces, and unlike a lot of hotels in Las Vegas, it's a completely non-gaming hotel, and non-smoking as well.

Lowry brings personal crusade to Cottey
Nevada Herald - October 29, 2014

She began her work for tobacco-free legislation in high school, after her father, a longtime smoker, died from lung cancer. She worked with the American Cancer ...

The Other Las Vegas: Smoke-Free, Non-Gaming, and Dog-Friendly ...
Albany Times Union (blog) - October 23, 2014

Like many of us, I enjoy taking a trip to Las Vegas because the area has some great restaurants and wonderful shows. An added plus is that Southwest Airlines ...

Checking In: Delano Las Vegas
Nassau News Live - October 23, 2014

This all-suite concept offers a trifecta of pleasant surprises-there's no smoking, no casino facilities (although you're mere yards away from the Mandalay Bay ...

Medical marijuana banned from state university campuses
MyNews3 Las Vegas KSNV - October 20, 2014

We'd have to treat marijuana as marijuana," said Las Vegas Regent Michael Wixom. ... have a card to use the drug will be released from their housing contracts.

The market goes up in vapor
Reno News & Review - October 16, 2014

Those who advocate bans against tobacco use usually acknowledge that e-cigs are not ... The USC Institute for Global Health, for example, wants them banned until 40 or 50 ... The FDA has used this one ban to justify its lengthy, hugely expensive ... The rationale for banning second-hand tobacco smoke is largely based on ...

Special license proposed for LV 'smoking' lounges
Las Vegas Review-Journal - October 15, 2014

Dozens of area businesses sell one such product as-yet unapproved by the FDA: Electronic cigarettes, the liquid nicotine-vaporizing tobacco alternative that ...

County looks at new regulations for so-called slot parlors
KLAS-TV - October 7, 2014

"I was close to 50 percent prior to the smoking ban, prior to the recession hitting, all of my business dropped. The gaming dropped the least," tavern owner Rich ...

Packham: Reducing the toll of tobacco in Nevada
Reno Gazette Journal - September 20, 2014

Published research studies have found that kids are twice as sensitive to tobacco advertising than adults and are more likely to be influenced to smoke by ...

Lights out for smokers in Vegas
Travel Weekly - September 9, 2014

A decision to ban smoking in the Asian gambling mecca of Macau prompted a Wall Street analyst to predict that the casinos of Las Vegas might ...Delaware's gaming revenue decreased 11.3% following a smoking ban in 2002, while Illinois saw a 20.9% drop after implementing a ban in 2007. Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, said that many factors can affect a casino company's gaming revenue, including the general state of the economy, gas prices and weather, and that it is impossible to point specifically at a smoking ban to explain a decrease in revenue.

ECRM announces dates for 2015 E-Cigarettes, Vapor and E-Cigars event
Drug Store News - September 3, 2014

Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing announced that it would be hosting the second-annual E-Cigarettes, Vapor and E-Cigars event at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas from Feb. 10 -12. The 2014 event sold out as a strong buyer list caught the eye of...

Big Smoke Las Vegas Seminars Sold Out
Cigar Aficionado - September 3, 2014

Cigar lovers looking to purchase a ticket to this year's Big Smoke Las Vegas Seminars will have to wait until next year, as the event officially sold out yesterday....

Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay now open for business
KTNV - September 3, 2014

It's a non-smoking, non-gaming establishment designed to be a rejuvenating escape with sweeping views of the Las Vegas skyline. Delano features 1,117 guest ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Get ready for a smoke-free Las Vegas
Las Vegas Sun - September 2, 2014

Continuing to focus on a shrinking demographic and a shrinking profit center would be economically insane. That’s not even mentioning the fact that it would save countless workers from getting sick. But no one seems to care about that.

Big guys dinged a bit, but little guys helped a lot
The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) - August 29, 2014

Meanwhile, local bar owners have been hurt by the state's smoking ban and by competition from the casinos in those areas, so legalized video poker has saved ...

Smoking in Las Vegas Casinos Not Going Away Any Time Soon John Mehaffey - August 27, 2014

There are 29 states that ban smoking in bars and restaurants. ... There is a reason that casinos have managed to dodge smoking bans in many states. ... South Dakota banned smoking in bars and casinos in 2010. ... Nine states specifically exempt smoking in gaming establishments, while at the same time banning it in bars ...

LETTERS: Why stomp e-cigarettes if they do some good?
Las Vegas Review-Journal - August 22, 2014

Regarding Daniel M. Cook's commentary about e-cigarettes ("E-cigarettes put up smokescreen, must be snuffed out," Aug. 5 Review-Journal), I disagree with ...

Will Nevada ever see smoke-free casinos?
Las Vegas Weekly (blog) - August 21, 2014

How is it possible, then, at this late hour in the anti-smoking movement there remains not ... Legislators there are even pushing a full ban, according to the Macau ...

Ask the RGJ: Are Washoe schools trying to stop smoking?
Reno Gazette-Journal - August 20, 2014

The regulation prohibits "any device which simulates smoking such as an electronic cigarette, cigar or pipe, personal vaporizer, e-hookah, or electronic nicotine ...

Douglas High student attends Anti-Tobacco Training in Washington ...
Carson Valley Times - July 28, 2014

... “Smoke Free Playgrounds”, “Smoke Free Entrance Ways” and events including The Great American Smoke Out, World No Tobacco Day, and Kick Butts Day.

Homeowner agreements can ban pot
Las Vegas Review-Journal - July 27, 2014

Though a few HOAs have willingly changed their rules to accommodate for legal marijuana use or home-growing, many more are banning home pot smoking.

Gaming Guru
Las Vegas Blog (blog) - July 23, 2014

LAS VEGAS NV — The idea of a full-scale smoking ban in NV casinos seems out ... In Nevada, a voter referendum in 2006 banned smoking in all public places ...

Nevada Casinos Could Ban Smoking in Near Future - July 22, 2014

...That and other signs have led Deutsche Bank gaming analyst Andrew Zarnett to predict that a smoking ban could come to Nevada in the next two years. Zarnett cited a combination of the move by Macau, which could now be an industry trendsetter, as well ...

Ashes to ashes: Strip smoking could end
Casino City Times - July 21, 2014

LAS VEGAS -- The idea of a full-scale smoking ban in Nevada casinos seems out of place. The No Smoking concept doesnt fit the Strips do anything reputation. Of the 23 states with commercial casinos, 18 outlaw smoking in casinos. In Nevada, a voter referendum in 2006 banned smoking in all public places excluding casino floors. One gaming analyst, however, has warned investors that a Strip smoking ban could become reality in the next 24 months or sooner. Deutsche Bank gaming analyst Andrew Zarnett, who follows the industrys high-yield bond markets, said the idea is likelier to happen now that Macau plans to ban smoking on gaming floors in October.

Make casinos smoke-free
Mesquite Local News - July 17, 2014

More than 500 casinos and other gambling facilities successfully operate with 100% smoke-free facilities in the United States, including several owned by ..

Ray Hagar: E-cigarettes could face taxes, regulations in Nevada
Reno Gazette Journal - July 16, 2014

"There is a lot of policy in statute about where people can smoke (tobacco ... Philadelphia recently banned e-cigarettes from most indoor public spaces.

Smith proposes bills to tax and determine where e-cigarettes can be ...
Reno Gazette Journal (blog) - July 15, 2014

Considering what is happening in other states and municipalities, it's not far-fetched to say there's a possibility e-cigarettes may soon be banned in Nevada ...

Where can you vape in Las Vegas?
Las Vegas Weekly - June 18, 2014

E-cigarettes have seen such growth in the U.S. that the FDA is considering new regulations, and individual cities are enacting their own policies on the ...

Friday wake-up: 3 things you need to know
Reno Gazette Journal - June 6, 2014

A smoking ban could go into effect next year on all of Nevada's public college, university and research campuses if the Nevada Board of Regents votes today to...

Nevadan at Work: Vaping advocate convinced there's a healthier ...
Las Vegas Review-Journal - June 1, 2014

The lounge offers a place to smoke without cigarettes and drink without alcohol. ... either high nicotine like a regular cigarette or you can wean yourself down to a ... There are lots of different flavors: regular tobacco, caramel tobacco, vanilla ...

Wednesday wake-up: 3 things you need to know
Reno Gazette Journal - May 28, 2014

A smoking ban could go into effect next year on all of Nevada's public college, university and research campuses if the Nevada Board of Regents votes Friday to ...

Regents to consider smoke-free campuses in Nevada
Reno Gazette-Journal - May 28, 2014

A smoking ban could go into effect next year on all of Nevada's public college, university and research campuses if the Nevada Board of Regents votes Friday to pursue it. If approved, the tobacco ban would affect the Nevada System of Higher Education's seven academic campuses and the Desert Research Institute, as well as any off-campus facilities that are part of the system. In January, the University of Nevada, Reno announced its plan to ban all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from its campus and off-campus facilities and lands starting in Aug. 2015

Crowded public school campuses force consideration of rezoning
Las Vegas Review-Journal - May 23, 2014

Updated the district's anti-smoking policy to prohibit use of e-cigarettes, which vaporize a nicotine-laced water into an aerosol and have recently become an ...

New UNR residence hall scheduled to open in 2015
Reno Gazette-Journal - May 8, 2014

“And that will dovetail into the campus going smoke-free that same year.” Features of the new residence hall. • Five-stories, 400 beds. • Two- and four-bedrooms.

LETTER: E-cigarettes are full of chemicals
Las Vegas Sun - May 2, 2014

It is not just “vapors.” The liquid that makes up that vapor includes chemicals that have not been tested and ingredients that do not have to be disclosed yet. The liquid also contains nicotine, which is addictive, but it was not until recently that the ...

A First Look at The Delano, Las Vegas
Pursuitist - May 1, 2014

What can you expect? Exactly what the modern luxury traveler craves, we'd say: a non-smoking, all-suite boutique experience and 1,100 rooms to choose from.

Clark County School District moves to ban e-cigarette use
Las Vegas Review-Journal - April 24, 2014

While smoking cigarettes or using tobacco products on Clark County School ... that would include banning sale of these popular devices to anyone under 18, the ...

Northwestern Nevada youth train to prevent tobacco use
Reno Gazette Journal - April 24, 2014

... and proven strategies to prevent tobacco use, including electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, etc., and to support tobacco use cessation.

E-Cig Regulations and Harm Reduction
Convenience Store/Petroleum (CSPNet) - April 24, 2014

Kessler said he "firmly embraces the fact that regulatory oversight is here to stay" and even called for reasonable electronic cigarette regulations. "The diversity of tobacco products demands diversity of modified risk assessments and statements," he ...

Smokin' war in Las Vegas: Are e-cigarettes a tobacco product or not?
Las Vegas Review-Journal - April 21, 2014

Is an e-cigarette that delivers nicotine via an aerosol a tobacco product? 7-Eleven insists it is and wants Becker Enterprises to boot a local e-cigarette operation ...

Controversy surrounds e-cigarettes as popularity grows
KLAS-TV - April 15, 2014

E-cigarettes, 'e' for electronic, are growing in popularity and more children are ... There is no rule that e-cigarettes have to be child proofed, technically stores can ...

NJ tax on e-cigarettes will keep smokers smoking: Letter - April 10, 2014

What a breath of fresh air it was to read The Star-Ledger editorial castigating a proposal for a hypocritical and destructive exorbitant tax on electronic cigarettes ...

NJTV News with Mike Schneider: April 9, 2014
NJTV News – April 9, 2014

The effort to ban smoking on the beach. ... 4-9-14 The Assembly has passed a bill banning smoking on all New Jersey beaches, boardwalks and state parks.

Parents urged to keep spring breakers safe
KVVU Las Vegas-by Lindsay Curtis - April 9, 2014

Joyce said this year, parents also need to watch out for modified versions of e-cigarettes and vapor pens. She said students in the district have been using the ...

Let's end smoking in Nevada casinos
Las Vegas Sun - April 3, 2014

The good news is more than 500 casino and other gambling venues nationwide successfully operate smoke-free. These casinos include ones owned by the ...

Barton campuses go smoke-free together
Carson Valley Times - April 3, 2014

All patients, visitors, medical staff, vendors, and employees will not be allowed to smoke at Barton. This includes the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, ...

Editorial: Smoking ban is important step for Reno's university
Reno Gazette Journal - April 2, 2014

One rationale the late-Gov. Kenny Guinn, who previously served as president of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, used to justify spending tobacco settlement money on the Millennium Scholarship was research that showed college graduates are less likely to smoke than non-graduates. By banning all smoking on campus, officials at the University of Nevada, Reno, are taking a big step toward fulfilling Guinn's promise.

UNR begins planning for 2015 tobacco ban
Reno Gazette-Journal - April 1, 2014

The clock is ticking on tobacco use at the University of Nevada, Reno 16 months and counting. UNR President Marc Johnson announced in January that the campus would ban the use of all forms of tobacco, including chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes, effective August 1, 2015. That prohibition would apply to the main campus and all UNR properties off campus. It also will include the skyboxes at Mackay Stadium. On Monday, he announced that planning will start on how to prepare UNR to join about 1,200 colleges and universities across the country as a tobacco-free campus.

Liquid Nicotine Can Be Deadly
KOLO - March 27, 2014

RENO, NV - Health officials are reaching out to the public, warning that the fluid used to refill electronic cigarettes can be very dangerous. It's so toxic, a teaspoon ...

Get Healthy: E-cigarettes are billed as safe but still may pose danger
Nevada Appeal - March 26, 2014

Nationally and in Carson City, e-cigarettes are becoming more readily available. Commercials tout the benefits of e-cigarettes and make claims about freedom to smoke, but the risks associated with these devices are still largely unknown, and many users are not aware that they may be endangering their health. Slick marketing campaigns and sponsorships make vaping look cool and desirable, but the focus for these companies is selling a product and making money, not ensuring the well-being of consumers.

Quitting smoking hard, doable
The Union of Grass Valley - February 18, 2014

It wasnt long after I walked through the door and approached the hotels front desk, that the scent of cigarette smoke soon filled my sinuses. Thats right, I was in Nevada.

Smoking ban will send message to college students
Statesman Journal - February 18, 2014

Weve come a long way in this country since 1964, when U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued his warning that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer and probably heart disease. Soon, the University of Nevada, which already bars smoking within 25 feet of any building, will be smoke-free when a ban on all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, goes into effect, probably in August 2015. According to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, at least 1,182 colleges and universities have adopted 100 percent smoke-free campuses as of Jan. 2, including six University of California campuses, the University of Oregon and Oregon State and eight campuses of the University of Idaho, and the number is increasing rapidly.

Vape stores opening in northern Nevada
KRNV My News 4 - February 5, 2014

Vape stand stands for vapor, which is emitted from e-cigarettes that are filled with different flavored solutions and levels of nicotine. ...

Nevada leads nation in secondhand smoke exposure
Reno Gazette Journal - January 27, 2014

More than two-thirds of adult Nevadans are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, the highest rate in the nation, according to a federal study. In fact, the No. 2 state for secondhand smoke was almost 10 percentage points behind Nevada

Nevada receives poor marks for Smoke-free air
Mesquite Citizen Journal - January 24, 2014

The American Lung Associations State of Tobacco Control 2014, its 12th annual report, tracks yearly progress on key tobacco control policies, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from the enormous toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy. Nevada received a grade of C on the report card in the category of smokefree air, due to its exemption that leave tens of thousands of Nevadas workers unprotected.

UNR president expects smoke-free campus by 2015
San Francisco Chronicle - January 22, 2014

The only other states with no smoke-free campuses are New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wyoming, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a national lobbying organization that now counts more than 1,100 U.S. colleges and universities with smoking bans.

Editorial: Smoking ban will send message to UNR students
Reno Gazette-Journal - January 21, 2014

OUR VIEW: By banning tobacco products, the university is helping students ... only casinos have so far escaped the ban on cigarette smoking in the Silver State.

Group wants UNR to be smoke free.
KRNV My News 4 - January 21, 2014

They are following the lead of other campuses that have banned tobacco. ... The proposed smoking ban would include visitors on campus, but it is not clear if it ...

University of Nevada Could Soon be Tobacco Free
KTVN - January 21, 2014

University President Marc Johnson told the Reno Gazette-Journal he wants to entirely tobacco free. The ban would include student, staff, ...

UNR officials, students eye campus-wide smoking ban
Reno Gazette Journal - January 21, 2014

Winter break is over as classes resume today at the University of Nevada, Reno, but returning students, faculty and staff who use tobacco could find their days of puffing or chewing on campus coming to an end.

EDITORIAL: Stop delaying medical marijuana dispensaries
Las Vegas Review-Journal - January 21, 2014

... part of drafting a medical marijuana ordinance, claiming he can't possibly advise his ... from denying requests for obviously public records to writing ordinances that ... We hate to break the news to the authorities, but people are smoking pot ...

Opinion column: UNR's John Packham asks, should we curb e-cigs?
Reno Gazette-Journal - January 4, 2014

The regulation of electronic cigarettes will be one of the most hotly debated health policy topics in 2014.

Upscale casino, restaurants come to downtown Las Vegas as grungy neighborhood is reinvented
Minneapolis Star Tribune - November 13, 2013

The Downtown Grand hotel-casino, which actually opened its doors in late October, aims to introduce an element of luxury among the retro casinos that populate ... Now a non-smoking meeting place for Zappos workers and other downtown ...

Electronic Cigarette Bans Increasing
CBS Local October 31, 2013

(Las Vegas, NV) Electronic cigarettes are becoming popular among smokers, but a growing number of Las Vegas locations are banning the devices.

As more young people get down with e-cigarettes, health officials’ concerns rise
Las Vegas Sun - October 18, 2013

Clark County officials say they haven’t noticed e-cigarettes being a problem, but health officials are concerned e-cigarettes can serve as a gateway for young adults and teenagers to try conventional cigarettes. Maria Azzarelli, the tobacco-control prog

Tobacco users up in smoke over 2014 ban
UNR The Nevada Sagebrush (registration) (blog) - October 10, 2013

Weve had discussions on enforcement, said University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson. Some people, even student groups, have said, if you dont enforce it with hard sanctions no one will believe it. Thats not been the experience of other schools. In order to promote student health, the University of Nevada, Reno will be a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus beginning Oct. 1, 2014. According to university president Marc Johnson, citations will not be issued, but instead the university will rely on educational tools and social pressure to prevent smoking on campus. As of July 18, at least 1,178 college or university campuses have adopted a 100 percent smoke-free campus, according to

State of Health
Reno News & Review - October 10, 2013

The casino industry always clamped hard on the Nevada Legislature when anti-smoking ... exempting casinos from its impact (and thus subjecting casino workers to their toxins). The public approved a ban on smoking in most public places.

Ads Link Smoking To Erectile Dysfunction
KNPR - September 24, 2013

That is the latest gambit of Smoke-Free Gaming, the anti-smoking group that is trying to ban smoking in casinos. The group is in town this week for the Global ...

Analysis Compares Casino Floor Air to Wildfire Smoke
KOLO - September 19, 2013

RENO, NV -- The Nevada Public Health Association says it believes the air in Reno during the Rim Fire and air at casino gaming floors are comparable. Lead investigator Chris Pritsos of the University of Nevada, Reno, says published data on casino air was used for

Smoking in the park is hazard to all
Reno Gazette-Journal - September 19, 2013

Reno parks department should ban smoking in all public parks, starting with playgrounds, and enforce the ban with fines which could be used as funding for ...

SEBELIUS: Lawsuit asks: Who really runs Nevada?
Las Vegas Review-Journal (blog) - September 12, 2013

Who should get more leeway when writing laws: the Legislature, acting as representatives of the people, or the groups who write and circulate initiatives, which are ultimately voted upon by the people themselves? The state and its allies argue the stricter standard is necessary because initiatives are otherwise subject to fraud, deception and abuse. But they should know better. Drop by the Legislative Building in the last 48 hours before final adjournment if you want to see real fraud, deceit and abuse: unread amendments voted upon; unvetted ideas snuck into final bills by clever lobbyists; and back-room deals the public never sees. Besides, the public has a good track record of seeing through deception. In 2004, two trial-lawyer backed initiatives sought to undercut medical malpractice caps, but both were soundly defeated. In 2006, opponents of an anti-smoking initiative introduced a confusing alternative, but lost. The voters are smarter than many cynics think.

Board approves money to implement pot tax
Beaumont Enterprise - August 13, 2013

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) A request by the Department of Taxation for money to set up the collection of taxes imposed on medical marijuana has been ...

Medicinal pot up for consideration by board
KTVN - August 13, 2013

... Nevada Department of Taxation for money to implement medical marijuana ... cost of collecting a tax on growers and dispensaries when they become legal ...

Nevada projects $529K to start new pot tax
Carson Now - August 11, 2013

Nevada tax officials are projecting $529,000 in startup costs before the state begins to recoup money from a new tax on the sale of medical marijuana. Read the ...

Smoking Bans Are More Harmful Than Helpful
Guardian Express - August 8, 2013

Subjecting others to indoor second hand smoke is one thing; restricting the public at large from enjoying a cigarette is another. If we are intent on limiting the ...

Tavern operator Dotty's to acquire Hacienda near Boulder City
Casino City Times - August 5, 2013

The company is buying the Hacienda Hotel and Casino outside Boulder City on ... Dotty's to avoid regulations governed by a voter-enacted smoking prohibition, ...

Tavern operator Dotty's to acquire hotel-casino near Boulder City
Las Vegas Review-Journal - August 2, 2013

Tavern operator Dottys, whose controversial business model inspired casino industry-led changes to statewide gaming regulations, is acquiring its first full-fledged hotel-casino.

Nevada higher in asthma, heart risk, smoking than nation - August 1, 2013

Adult asthma is higher in Nevada -- 15 percent compared with 13.8 percent nationwide -- due dry weather, dust and quick temperature changes, a researcher says.

Sen. Reid meets with Carson City area tobacco-free youth advocates
Carson Now - July 29, 2013

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid met last week with Nevada youth in the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Nevadas youth advocates were Spencer Flanders of Carson City, Breanna Taylor of Minden, Catia Villanueva and Michelle Tostes of Las Vegas. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a nonprofit organization created in 1996 with the goal of reducing tobacco use.

Smoking ban ordinance pulled from agenda ($$)
Boulder City Review [July ?, 2013]

A proposed ordinance that would ban smoking inside businesses in Boulder City will not be before the City Council on Tuesday after all.

Smoke 'em while you can because ban looms ($$)
Boulder City Review [July ?, 2013]

A smoking ban ordinance that would prohibit lighting up in Boulder Citys enclosed spaces businesses was reintroduced at Tuesdays City Council meeting with little discussion. Bill No. 1718, also known as the Boulder City Smoke Free Air Ordinance, will be discussed before the council July 9, which could vote to implement the ordinance that night. If passed, the measure would become city law 90 days later. Im not a smoker. But because so few businesses around town allow smoking, my first response to this is, Why bother?

Anti-Smoking Billboard Ties Smoking and ED Together
KOLO - July 2, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - Billboards with the message "Secondhand Smoke & Smoking DAMAGE BLOOD FLOW, END SMOKING IN CASINOS!" have popped up along Interstate 15 near the Las Vegas Strip. The billboards are sponsored by Smoke-Free Gaming of America and targets individuals who are exposed to secondhand smoke and smoking, specifically casino employees and patrons.

Smoke-free Colorado casinos do just fine
Mesquite Local News - June 13, 2013

I am a new, year-round citizen just this year although I have had a home here since 2004. Consequently, I haven’t followed the local politics and I am not familiar with either of these people. Having been on the city council in the city where I lived in Colorado, I am familiar with local power struggles. … Making Mesquite a non-smoking city would brand us as thoughtful of our citizens, and a progressive city in an otherwise primitive state.

Ramaker criticized
Mesquite Local News - May 26, 2013

Would you vote for a person who has openly shown discriminatory opinions toward a group of Mesquite citizens and tourists using exaggerated, cherry-picked, if not made up facts based on inconclusive studies; and who openly admits to being anti-business but "supports a stable economy focused on business, tourism and clean industry; and who wants to limit growth and prosperity in our community?

Lawmakers OK bill aimed to curb youth tobacco use
Nevada Appeal - May 24, 2013

For the first time, Nevada lawmakers have approved allowing county commissions to bar minors from possessing, using or trying to buy tobacco. Under SB177, the fine for a first violation would be up to $25, progressing to $50 for a second offense and $75 ...

Response To Ramaker LTE
Mesquite Citizen Journal - May 7, 2013

Open up a casino, make it smoke-free, and let's see which casinos flourish and which do not. However, a little advice from someone not in government and ...

On Smoke-Free Mesquite
Mesquite Citizen Journal - May 6, 2013

Why is it so wrong to ask Casinos to do the same must you smoke when you gamble or drink if so maybe the Casinos could make a true smoke free area, ...

'Nevada' Smith blowing smoke
Mesquite Local News – February 28, 2013

In an article written by John L "Nevada" Smith, (“Cigarette smoking not a Nevada right,” Page 5-A, Feb. 21) he mentioned that the Mizpah had re-opened in Tonopah. It will interesting to see how it does since it has elected to cut out a portion of its clientele, smokers. Smith then rambles on how people in Nevada think smoking is a right. “Nevada” Smith then later states that "a majority of residents want smoke free public places.” What Smith and many other uneducated non-smokers don't seem to understand is that casinos are not public places: they are privately owned entities. Just as the Mizpah has the “right” to choose to be non-smoking, other casinos have chosen the “right” to allow smoking. …

Bill aims to squash cigarette smoking by teens
Las Vegas Sun - February 21, 2013

CARSON CITY ­ A bill to clamp down on teenage smokers has been introduced by Sen. James Settelmeyer, who says students at middle and high schools are puffing cigarettes off campus without penalties. …

New law would allow hospitals to discriminate against hiring smokers
KTNV Las Vegas - February 20, 2013

Smokers are already restricted on where they can light up around the workplace. Now, a state lawmaker in Nevada wants to add some restrictions on where smokers can work. …

Suncoast Casino Poker Room Sizzlin' at $15000
GamingTodaySlotsToday- February 5, 2013

The poker room is a non-smoking, 12-table card facility open 24 hours a day. It features ... On the other end of town, South Point Casino is also offering a Freeroll ...

Excalibur tower evacuated at 2 am for smell of smoke
Las Vegas Review - Journal- February 6, 2013

Absher says there was no actual fire, but the smoke smell spread because it started in the ventilation system. The spokesman says the machinery was nearly ...

Cochran, C.; Henriques, D.; York, N.; Lee, K., "Risk of exposure to second hand smoke for adolescents in Las Vegas casinos: an evaluation of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act," Journal of Health and Human Services Administration 35(2): 231-252, Fall 2012.

The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act (NCIAA), a non-comprehensive smoke-free law, permits smoking in designated areas of casinos, bars, and taverns. With many Las Vegas casinos catering to all ages, this study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of NCIAA in protecting children from second hand smoke exposure. Using a device that measures ambient air particle matter concentrations, this study sampled the air quality in 15 casino gaming areas and corresponding non-smoking, children-friendly areas. The results indicate that current policy fails to preserve indoor air quality in these children-friendly areas. Furthermore, this research suggests the adoption of a more comprehensive, 100% smoke-free policy as the only effective remedy.

Smoking a win for casinos
Mesquite Local News (NV) - November 14, 2012

Casinos in Atlantic City have lifted smoking bans and in Illinois lawmakers are trying to bring back smoking to offset losses in jobs and tax money. And yes, even ...

Casinos know their customers
Mesquite Local News - November 1, 2012

The letter writer who thinks banning smoking in the casinos would increase patronage cited a compelling survey suggesting such. The problem is that advocacy creates bias. Who's asking the questions, how are the questions framed, and the verbiage contained are all important in determining the validity of any survey. …

It just makes sense
Mesquite Local News - October 23, 2012

The author of the letter to the editor a few weeks ago seemed unable to imagine how casinos could survive if they prohibited smoking. I’d like to offer a different perspective. I enjoy going to the casinos and I know that for myself and for those I know who like to gamble, getting rid of the smoke in the casinos would only increase patronage. A survey of Mesquite gamblers shows we’re not alone: 44.7 percent said they would be more likely to visit a Mesquite casino if it was smoke-free while only 11.1 percent said they would be less likely to visit. That’s a net gain for our local casinos of 33 percent. …

Campus smoking policies still up in the air
UNLV The Rebel Yell - October 18, 2012

… To ban tobacco use or not to ban tobacco use? That has been the question at UNLV since Tobacco Free UNLV emerged in 2010. …

New cancer study shows disparity in Nevada
KTNV Las Vegas - October 18, 2012

Startling new research shows Nevadans are more likely than people in neighboring states to be diagnosed with cancer and die from it. …

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Correcting misinformation about second-hand smoke
Mesquite Local News - October 11, 2012

I am writing in response to the letter submitted by David Markgraf on Sept. 7 regarding the efforts of the Smoke Free Mesquite Coalition. I am not writing to dispute the opinions of Mr. Markgraf. He is certainly entitled to those. … First and foremost, he stated that secondhand smoke is not a major health problem, and his smoking in the same building as you is “not going to affect your life in ...

City Takes Aim At Smoking In Parks
CBS Local - October 5, 2012

Lighting up in a Las Vegas city park could soon be illegal. …

It's a matter of prerogatives
Mesquite Local News - October 4, 2012

In the smoking versus non-smoking issue, I find the anti-smoking workers’ cases most interesting. Were they not aware it was a smoking environment when they sought out and accepted employment there? Did they have an epiphany three months after gaining employment or more likely once the probationary period had passed? Did they rush home exclaiming "Honey, not only are they drinking and gambling, but (gasp) some of them are smoking?” …

Smoking claims cloud argument
Mesquite Local News - October 4, 2012

Mike McGreer, featured in a Sept. 20 anti-smoking, full-page ad (Page 3-B), claimed in a Sept. 27 letter to the editor (Page 5-A) my argument against the Smoke-Free Mesquite drive is "insulting and misleading." He doesn't use published facts, but more hearsay and "reliable" studies, all put out by anti-smoking groups and liberal leftist states. I have presented facts by neutral, reputable organizations such as Parkinsons and Alzhiemers groups and the British Medical Journal, to name some, that have shown how smoking has positive and preventive effects. The EPA also put out a study showing women married to smoking husbands showed very little, if any, increased risk of lung cancer. …

Markgraf's pro-smoking argument flawed
Mesquite Local News - September 27, 2012

David Markgraf's argument in the Sept. 13, 2012, letters to the editor concerning the smoke-free effort is generally insulting and misleading. However, his comment that those supporting the effort want to take money from health care is correct only if he means that they want to reduce smoking-related, health-care costs. …

Health of Community Improves with Smoke Reduction
Mesquite Citizen Journal - September 19, 2012

The doctor reported that several courts have upheld workplace bans on smoking. In Rossie vs. Washington, a court upheld a workplace smoking ban despite a ...

Washoe expands its web
Reno News & Review - September 13, 2012

…Locals can also find smoke-free locations by using, which lists around 60 smoke-free places in Washoe County, Carson City and ...

Smoke-free Mesquite supporters post names on Recreation Center ...
Mesquite Local News - August 30, 2012

A wall at the Mesquite Recreation Center shows the local support for the American Lung Association in Nevada effort to promote smoke-free places. … A list of 3,000 Mesquite residents posted at the Mesquite Recreation Center, 100 W. Old Mill Road, shows the level of support for the American Lung Association ...

Group Pushes for Smoke-Free Boulder City
KLAS-TV - July 5, 2012

A group of people in Boulder City want to make the city smoke free. The group has gone before the city council asking for an ordinance to uphold the state ban on smoking and to remove most of the exemptions. …

Smoke-Free Mesquite
Mesquite Citizen Journal - July 5, 2012

I came out of the Casino today smelling like cigarette smoke and I don't smoke. I then went to a "SMOKE FREE MESQUITE" meeting and learned that even 30 ...

Proposed ordinance change brings contentious Dotty's issue back to fore
Las Vegas Sun - Jul 1, 2012

You could practically feel the dark cloud settle over the Clark County Government Center when the agenda for next week’s County Commission went out. ... a slot casino but without the same regulations as traditional casinos ­ was .... Small venues are great for those of us with an aversion to crowds, smoke, noise. …

Travel Q&A: Are any Vegas hotels totally smoke-free?
San Jose Mercury News (NV) June 18, 2012

The Vdara is a non-smoking, all-suite hotel in the new City Centre complex. Because it s also a non-gaming hotel, there s no long walk through a smoke-filled ...

Council's courage goes up in smoke
Mequite Local News (NV) May 31, 2012

... Smith in the Review-Journal regarding Nevada's antiquated smoking laws, and the lack of enforcement thereof. For a ...

Nevada hasn't come a long way when it comes to smoking
Las Vegas Review-Journal - May 23, 2012

It seems like a no-brainer. Almost anywhere else in the country, it would be. But this is Nevada, where the subculture of cigarette smoking has long held sway over public health concerns and just plain common sense. Around these parts, the idea of clean-image towns such as Mesquite and Boulder City making the transition into smoke-free communities generates jeers instead of cheers. …

Youth brings air quality data to councilman Hafen
Desert Valley (NV) News, March 22, 2012

In recognition of the day, Marcus Roessner presented data to Councilman Kraig Hafen taken from a particulate meter at area casinos. The meter, which measures air quality by measuring the number of particles per cubic foot, was used in the smoking and nonsmoking areas of the Virgin River Casino and CasaBlanca Casino on a Friday and Sunday at the same times each day ­ around 7 p.m. …

Smokers take away from Vegas fun
Las Vegas Sun - March 16, 2012

… There was one problem, though. We’re not big gamblers, but we wanted to do a little, but the tobacco smoke in the casinos was awful. We wound up gambling very little and only playing a bit of slots for a short period. That was it. I wanted to play some card games but couldn’t stand the smoke. Ten people didn’t bother spending money in the casinos because of this issue, and I know we’re not alone. …

Shifting the Burden of Smoking
Mesquite (NV) Citizen Journal - Feb 6, 2012

The Mesquite Mayor and the City Council have been asked to pass an ordinance banning smoking in the casinos, bars and smoke shops. Smoking is already banned ...

Campus tobacco policy reinforced as project draws mixed reactions
UNLV The Rebel Yell - January 19, 2012

Tobacco Free UNLV secured $450000 in federal money in 2010 and aimed to see ... “I didn't know about any of that,” said Tobacco Free UNLV Director Susan ...

Smoke-free effort should target private sector
Mesquite (NV) Local News - January 19, 2012

There's strong evidence that second-hand cigarette smoke also is dangerous, ... The stated purpose of the Nevada Clean Air Act was to protect children. ...

City council told most voters want smoke-free environment
Mesquite Local News (NV) - January 18, 2012

He noted the old arguments posed when the Nevada initiative was passed that banned smoking in bars that serve food. Businesses have the right to set their ...

Everyone Has the Right to Breathe Clean Air
Mesquite (NV) Citizen Journal - Michael McGreer - November 7, 2011

Volunteers who are participating in the Smoke-free Mesquite initiative are doing more for the community than all the local governmental development efforts ...

Smoke-Free Mesquite on Track
Mesquite (NV) Citizen Journal - Michael McGreer - November 3, 2011

… None of them agreed to sponsor an ordinance initiative, until they knew “the will ... from both the community and visitors to make the community smoke free. ...

Nevada Supreme Court upholds no smoking law
Las Vegas Sun - Cy Ryan - November 2, 2011

CARSON CITY ­ The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that Nevada's smoking ban in bars, taverns and gaming establishments is constitutional ...

Intractable smokescreen
UNLV The Rebel Yell - Ryan Hamilton - October 13, 2011

...Nevada is an awesome place that tolerates many things other states simply don’t put up with — legalized prostitution and gambling are easily the most prominent. But our libertarian ideas should be consistent and straightforward — you can perform an action as long as it doesn’t hurt or interfere with someone else. Indoor smoking clearly violates that principle. It’s time Nevada and Las Vegas joined the rest of the world in putting an end to this harmful and unseemly practice. We need an indoor smoking ban. ...

Toxic casinos
Reno News & Review - Dennis Myers - October 5, 2011

At the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas this week, a group called Smoke-Free Gaming of America was present to sell its viewpoint. ...

Anti-tobacco advocates tackle Las Vegas gaming expo
KVVU Las Vegas - Heidi Hayes - October 3, 2011

Smoke-Free Gaming of America will be at the Sands Expo and Convention center this week, urging casinos to ban smoking for the health of employees and ...

UNLV tobacco ban possible
UNLV The Rebel Yell - Nolan Lister - September 19, 2011

The tobacco ban has yet to be decided on by UNLV administration. Administrators want proof of the student population's desire for a smoke-free campus in the ...

EDITORIAL: Don't let your opinion go up in flames – Ignite your voice
UNLV The Rebel Yell - September 19, 2011

In this survey, 74 percent of students said that they wanted legislation passed to protect them from secondhand smoke, according to Susan VanBeuge of ...

Non-Smokers Become Second Class Citizens to Second-Hand Smoke
The Nevada View - Marla Turner - August 26, 2011

... that voters never really intended to include food-serving bars in the ban. ... Second-hand smoke can spread from a smoking area to a non-smoking area, ...

Smoke and mirrors
Big tobacco and big casino sold Nevadans a bill of goods
By Dennis Myers
Reno News & Review, August 11, 2011

A new book charges that chambers of commerce in Washoe and Clark counties agreed in 1996 to serve as front groups for an influential University of Nevada, Reno study that was actually paid for by the tobacco industry.

The study, on the economic impact ofno-smoking policies on the state’s casino industry, was cited repeatedly in subsequent years as justification for inaction by the Legislature and for casinos subjecting their workers to workplace toxins.

The book, Casino Women by Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones, will be published this month by the Cornell University Press. It examines the way women in the casino industry have been treated and how they have responded, particularly since enactment of the Nevada corporate gambling acts of 1967 and 1979. Those acts allowed massive capital and large corporations to enter the gambling industry in the state.

The study at issue was done by economist John Dobra at a time when federal officials were looking at workplace limits on smoking. ...

American Cancer Society drops appeal over convention center smoking
Las Vegas Sun, 2011-08-05
Cy Ryan

The American Cancer Society has dropped its appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court in a fight over allowing smoking in the Las Vegas Convention Center. ...

Smoking ban stands, with modifications
Reno Gazette Journal - Ken Ritter -August 2, 2011

AP LAS VEGAS -- A Nevada judge upheld most of a voter-approved smoking ban on Tuesday, ruling that parts of the measure providing for a civil fine of up to ..

York, N.L.; Pritsos, C.A.; Gutierrez, A.P., "Legislators' beliefs on tobacco control policies in Nevada," Journal of Community Health [Epub ahead of print], 2011.

This study examined the attitudes of 23 of the 63 Nevada state legislators contacted regarding the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act (NCIAA). Overall, there was no overwhelming support for strengthening the law, raising cigarette taxes, or providing cessation help. Most of the legislators also believed that the law negatively impacted smaller gaming businesses, but not the gaming industry as a whole. Sixty-three percent of the legislators believed that they would be persuaded to adopt more comprehensive measures if their constituents supported them.

Taxpayer-funded ad that backs smoking ban raises questions
By Delen Goldberg ( contact)
Las Vegas Sun, July 11, 2011 | 2:33 p.m.

…A commercial playing on TV and radio in Southern Nevada rattles off a list of U.S. cities ­ Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Dallas ­ and asks what they have in common. The answer: a complete indoor smoking ban. …

Smokers among winners at 2011 Legislature
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2011-06-19

And for the smokers? Some bars and taverns will start allowing them to drink, eat a snack or even a full meal and enjoy tobacco at the same time. They won't be able to take anyone under 21 with them, thoug ...

Bill to allow smoking in bars that serve food signed
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2011-06-18
Benjamin Spillman

… On Friday Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 571, which was approved in the final moments of the 120-day state legislative session and lifts provisions in state law that restrict food service in taverns that allow smoking. …

Nevada gov. OKs bill allowing food in smoking bars
Associated Press (AP), 2011-06-17

Bar patrons will soon be able to enjoy a cigarette with their meal while eating out in Nevada. ...

Coolican: Why Big Gaming helped snuff out voter-approved smoking ban
Las Vegas Sun - June 15, 2011

By J. Patrick Coolican -- The first time tavern owners tried to overturn the smoking ban, during the 2009 Legislature, I was amazed they even got it out of committee, foolishly thinking Democrats in the majority would never go against the voters ...

Tavern smoking bill clears Nevada Legislature; eases indoor smoking ban
The Republic - Deb Weinstein - June 7, 2011

In addition to allowing food service beyond chips and pretzels, AB571 would let food and smoking mix in age-restricted bars, taverns and saloons that are inside a larger establishment as long as those locations are completely sealed off. ...

Bills that passed or failed in the 2011 Nevada Legislature
Las Vegas Review-Journal - Ed Vogel - June 7, 2011

SMOKING BAN: The Senate late Monday passed Assembly Bill 571, which would allow bars that permit smoking to once again serve food. The bill modifying the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act already passed the Assembly and now goes to Sandoval for consideration ...

Smoking Ban Bill Passes Legislature
KLAS-TV - Guy DeMarco - June 7, 2011

The act bans smoking in restaurants and bars that serve food. Taverns say they lost business and money because of it. Assembly Bill 571 would lift the smoking ban for stand-alone bars – allowing them to once again serve food and allow smoking. ...

Assembly eases restrictions on smoking
Nevada Appeal - Geoff Dornan - June 6, 2011

The bill easing restrictions on smoking imposed by the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act cleared the Assembly Sunday on a 23-19 vote. Assemblyman Pete Livermore of Carson City was the only Republican to oppose Assembly Bill 571. ...

Nevada Assemblyman makes his case for banning smoking on college campuses
Associated Press (AP), 2011-06-06
* DEB WEINSTEIN Associated Press

University and college students may now have a choice when they go outdoors on state university and college campuses: Smoke over there or don't smoke at all. ...

Smoking, toll road bills still alive
Las Vegas Review - Journal - Benjamin Spillman - June 6, 2011

Violations of the law would be misdemeanors, but there also would be a $1000 fine if establishment employees allowed patrons under 21 to loiter in a smoking area. SB506 lifts provisions that prohibit toll roads in Nevada for the purpose of a potential ...

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press
KLAS-TV - June 6, 2011

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevadans may soon be eating cheeseburgers again in smoking bars. The Assembly passed a bill today changing a voter-approved indoor smoking ban to allow food service in adults-only stand-alone bars and taverns. ...

Bill To Allow Food Service In Adult-Only Bars And Taverns With Smoking Moves ...
Carson Now - June 5, 2011

Currently bars and taverns that allow smoking cannot serve food except incidentally. Sean Higgins, representing the Nevada Tavern Owners Association, said the industry has provided information to lawmakers showing the loss of business to the industry ...

Bill to lift smoking ban passes Assembly
Las Vegas Review-Journal - Ed Vogel, Benjamin Spillman - June 5, 2011

CARSON CITY - Nevada smokers soon may be able to light up in bars and taverns -- and enjoy meals -- under a bill passed by a narrow 23-19 vote Sunday in the Assembly. The bill, sought by tavern and bar owners who ...

Tavern smoking bill passes Nevada Assembly, future uncertain
Reno Gazette Journal - Guy Clifton - June 5, 2011

The bill has been sought by tavern owners, who have complained that since the passage of the Nevada Clean Air Indoor Act, which banned smoking in bars and taverns that served food, their businesses have been severely impacted. ...

Bill limiting indoor smoking ban delayed by absent lawmakers as time runs short
Las Vegas Sun - Anjeanette Damon - June 5, 2011

“It's still bad policy and goes against what Nevadans support,” said Michael Hackett, consultant for the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition, in a written release. “It would permit smoking in places where it's now prohibited and creates enforcement ...

NV panel moves bill allowing food in smoking bars
CBS - June 2, 2011

Voters passed the Clean Indoor Air Act by petition in 2006, banning smoking in places such as malls, government buildings, restaurants and grocery stores. Smoking is allowed in casinos, taverns, saloons and stand-alone bars ­ where patrons must be 21 ...

Study: Nevada smoking laws haven't hurt restaurants, bars
Tahoe Daily Tribune - Martin Griffith - May 30, 2011

The law bans smoking in restaurants, bars that serve food, malls, grocery stores and government buildings. Smoking remains legal in casinos, bars that don't serve food and where food is considered an “incidental” component of the business. ...

Tavern owners urge lawmakers to clear air on smoking ban
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2011-05-24

Tavern owners told state legislators Monday that smokers should no longer be forced to choose between chicken fingers and cigarettes. ...

Lobbyists take aim again at Clean Indoor Air Act
Reno Gazette-Journal - John Packham - May 24, 2011

Moreover, smoking bans not only promote and protect the public's health, they also represent a proven strategy to prevent new smokers and to help current smokers quit. Having lost both the public health and economic arguments, not to mention the ...

Bill would lift smoking ban in adults-only taverns
Las Vegas Sun - Anjeanette Damon - May 24, 2011

Ever since voters passed an initiative petition banning smoking from most indoor locations, lobbyists for the gaming industry, tavern owners and others worked to thwart it. They have been unsuccessful. ...

Opponents Make Late Run at Anti-Smoking Law
KOLO - Ed Pearce - May 23, 2011

CARSON CITY, NV - In 2006, Nevada voters overwhelmingly approved a ban outlawing smoking in most public places, including bars or taverns serving food. Casinos and stand alone, booze-and-gaming-only bars, even strip clubs serving food weren't covered. ...

NV Lawmakers Seek to Ease Indoor Smoking Ban
NACS Online - May 24, 2011

Proposal seeks to allow bars to allow smoking if foodservice is incidental to their business. by RSS Feed by Email CARSON CITY ­ Under a bill introduced late Friday in the state assembly, Nevada taverns and bars would be allowed to sell food and still ...

Bill to Change Indoor Smoking Ban
MyNews4 - May 23, 2011

Sean Higgins is a lobbyist for the Nevada Tavern Owners Association and said ever since the Clean Indoor Air Act was passed in 2006; industry revenue has dipped, citing the smoking ban as its reason. "Revenue that taverns were down 17 percent and ...

No Action Taken On Bill To Ease Smoking Ban
KVVU Las Vegas - May 23, 2011

Supporters of AB571 told the Assembly Ways and Means Committee Monday that the bill will add clarity to the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act. The act bans smoking in establishments where food makes a notable contribution to its earnings. ...

Fact Checker: Are studies of second-hand smoke junk science?
Reno Gazette-Journal - Mark Robison - May 24, 2011

Studies linking second-hand smoke to tobacco-related health problems are junk science. University researchers from Stanford, Tufts and Nevada, Reno covertly visited casinos, including eight in Reno-Sparks, to measure second-hand smoke inhaled by ...

Bill would snuff out Nevada's smoking ban in bars
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2011-05-21

Lawmakers have introduced a surprise bill to lift the ban on smoking in bars that serve food, a move that might have generated more buzz Friday night if many taverns weren't already breaking the law. ...

Study ties Nevada's indoor smoking ban to dip in strokes, heart attacks
Las Vegas Review-Journal - Valerie Miller - May 19, 2011

"The consensus is the smoking ban has had an effect on the health of Nevadans," said Chris Pritsos, the lead UNR researcher and the study's co-author. "There has been a significant reduction in the amount of heart attacks and strokes. ...

Researchers find partial smoking ban makes economic sense
UNR NevadaNews - Carolina Chacon - May 11, 2011

An impact study by researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno has found that the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act is not only good public policy but also good for the economy.

In the study, hospital admissions in Nevada for secondhand smoke-sensitive health problems declined between 2007, when the NCIAA was implemented, and 2009. The researchers – Chris Pritsos, chair of the nutrition department in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, Wei Wang of the University of Nevada, Reno and John Packham of the University of Nevada School of Medicine – also found that hospital-billed charges for treating acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and stroke significantly decreased from 2007 to 2009 ...

Navajo Nation President Shelly Receives 2011 Smoke-Free Gaming Award
by Native News Network Staff in Native Briefs.
Native News Network - May 2011

NATIVE BRIEF: LAS VEGAS - Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly Tuesday was given a 2011 Smokefree Gaming Award from health and legal experts pushing for smoke free casinos nationwide. He received the award for advocating to ban smoking in public places on the Navajo Nation.

Cancer survivor: ban casino smoke
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2011-05-11

Rennich, 53, who had a third of a lung removed, now works at Dover Downs Casino, a smoke-free casino in Delaware. He's also a high-profile advocate for a nationwide movement to snuff out smoking in casinos.

Nevada researchers find partial smoking ban good public policy, good economics
Carson Now (Carson City, NV), 2011-05-10
Mike Wolterbeek

An impact study by researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno has found that the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act is not only good public policy but also good for the economy.

Groups Push to Make Las Vegas Casinos Smoke-Free
KLAS-TV - Aaron Drawhorn - May 10, 2011

They continue to die from secondhand smoke exposure, and we're fighting for their right to breathe clean air." Teresa Price is an anti-smoking advocate who worked at Caesars Palace for more than 25 years. She says she was subjected to harmful ...

High court hears tavern smoking ban challenge
Las Vegas Review-Journal - May 3, 2011

Buy this photo By VALERIE MILLER Four and a half years after a smoking ban went into effect, the Nevada Supreme Court is considering a case that could overturn a law some tavern owners say has ruined their businesses. The court heard arguments Monday ...

Activists seek ban on casino smoking
Las Vegas Review - Journal - Chris Sieroty - May 3, 2011

Blumenfeld expects anti-smoking groups to step up their efforts in the coming months by filing Americans with Disabilities Act claims seeking to force casinos into an outright smoking ban. The 20-year-old act requires buildings and workplaces to be ...

Las Vegas tavern challenges state smoking regulations
Las Vegas Sun - Cy Ryan - May 2, 2011

CARSON CITY – A Las Vegas tavern is challenging a rule that ashtrays and matchbooks must be removed from non-smoking areas. Robert Peccole, attorney for Bilbo's Bar & Grill, where his son is a partner, said those items are for ...

Activists wield Disabilities Act in fight for smoke-free casinos
Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston - April 18, 2011

In the years before smoking bans became widespread, some courts sided with plaintiffs who sought smoke-free restaurants and workplaces because of breathing problems. Many cases were settled, with defendants going smoke-free in the wake of lawsuits or ...

Smoking Bill Would Establish Smoking Zones On College Campuses
Nevada News Bureau (NNB) , 2011-04-15
Andrew Doughman

Assemblyman Paul Aizley, D-Las Vegas, amended Assembly Bill 128 to require colleges and universities to establish campus smoking zones outside of which a person would not be able to smoke ...

MORRISON: Tavern owners seek to reinstate eating rights to adult smokers
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2011-04-14
Jane Ann Morrison

Should a smoker have the right to a cheeseburger in a tavern? Or does the harm of secondhand smoke to a food server trump a smoker's hunger? ...

Bill advances requiring businesses to post signs on smoking
Las Vegas Sun, 2011-04-13
Cy Ryan

Assemblyman Jason Frierson, D-Las Vegas, said he saw a poster in a men’s restroom recently warning of the dangers of smoking during pregnancy. ...

MORRISON: Restricting taverns may have unintended consequences
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2011-04-11
Jane Ann Morrison

In their zeal to run Dotty's out of business and make sure the model doesn't proliferate, the Clark County Commission's "solution" is likely to create unintended consequences for existing taverns and even other businesses. ...

Tavern owners seek to reinstate eating rights to adult smokers
Las Vegas Review-Journal - Jane Ann Morrison - April 14, 2011

Smoking and anti-smoking forces are girding their loins for the resumption of warfare. Think Mel Gibson in "Braveheart." The dispute du jour: Should a smoker have the right to a cheeseburger in a tavern? Or does the harm of secondhand smoke to a food ...

Gaming board won't change licensing procedures
Las Vegas Review - Journal - Jessica Ebelhar - April 7, 2011

Dotty's does not have operating kitchens, so smoking is allowed. Dotty's offers customers prepackaged food and beverages from a service counter, and its slot machines are all slant-top games. Dotty's representatives objected to the ordinance changes, ...

Commission to ponder Dotty's fate
Las Vegas Review-Journal - Howard Stutz - April 5, 2011

Clark County commissioners will discuss four proposals to change the ordinance governing the operation of slot machines inside taverns when the panel holds a public hearing to day.

But the description of what constitutes a tavern may ultimately rest with Nevada gaming regulators, a majority of whom indicated they are uncomfortable with the business model of one successful operation.

The issue surrounds Dotty's Gaming & Spirits, a chain of 64 statewide locations that operates as a tavern under current Nevada and Clark County regulations and ordinances ...

Study that included Reno reveals risk of secondhand smoke in casinos
Reno Gazette Journal - March 30, 2011

(AP File Photo/Nevada Appeal, Cathleen Allison) A study on second-hand smoke in casinos, including several in Reno, reveals health risks even to occasional gamblers and particulates from gaming areas making their way into nonsmoking restaurants. ...

John Packham: Show me the data of smoking ban's negative impact
Reno (NV) Gazette-Journal, 2011-02-22
John Packham

As the evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke endangers the health of nonsmokers has accumulated, a number of states and communities in the U.S. during the past decade have eliminated smoking in workplaces and public places. ...

When the so-called "economic" case is being made for reversing provisions of the clean indoor air act, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights suggest five simple questions that need to be asked to determine whether a tobacco-related economic impact assessment is a legitimate study or one funded and created by the tobacco industry or its allies. …

Bill proposes campus smoking ban
UNR The Nevada Sagebrush (registration) (blog) - Jessica Fryman - February 15, 2011

Smoking could be banned on college campuses in Nevada if the Legislature votes to approve a proposed law this session.

The Nevada System of Higher Education, University of Nevada, Reno and Associated Students of the University of Nevada have not taken sides on the issue yet. UNR students, smokers and nonsmokers alike, seem widely opposed to a smoking ban ...

Smoking Ban Costs Las Vegas Airport Millions
KLAS-TV - January 5, 2011

LAS VEGAS -- It's meant to improve people's health but a smoking ban at McCarran International Airport enacted about four years ago is one of the reasons gaming revenues are down.

Airport officials say gaming revenues are down about $5 million from last year.

They say there are three main factors for that and the smoking ban is one of them. The Clean Air Act was passed by Nevada voters in 2006 banning smoking ...

Report calls out McCarran as more airports go smoke-free
Las Vegas Sun - Richard N. Velotta - November 18, 2010

A report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of the dangers of second-hand smoke at public airports and calls attention to McCarran International Airport as one of seven large-hub airports that have indoor smoking areas.

The report says there are more smoke-free airports today than the last time the CDC did a similar report in 2002. Of the 29 largest airports, 22 of them, 76 percent, are smoke-free. In 2002, when the agency studied 31 airports, 13 of them – 42 percent – did not allow smoking.

The report also said 23 of 29 airports have designated outdoor smoking areas compared with 21 of 31 in 2002. Twenty of 29 airports require smokers to be a minimum distance from entrances to airport buildings today while 19 of 31 had that requirement in 2002. ...

Vegas Casino Workers Still Subjected to Smoke
Human Resource Executive Online (blog) - Andrew McIlvaine - November 11, 2010

If you ever want to go back in time, consider a trip to Las Vegas, where casinos remain as smoke-filled as they were in the days when you could still smoke on airplanes and in doctor’s offices. That’s because, despite the fact that Nevada—like many states—has a ban on smoking in public places, the state’s powerful casino industry has won an exception for casinos with more than 15 slot machines, i.e., every casino on the Strip.

Now, a group of blackjack dealers and croupiers have filed a class action lawsuit against the Wynn Las Vegas to try and force that casino-resort to install clean-air technology that will at least reduce the amount of cigarette smoke swirling about the place and into casino employees’ lungs. That’s right, they’re not even trying to seek a smoke-free workplace—they’re simply asking their employer to do a little more to reduce the fumes. ...

Las Vegas Casinos Are a Last Bastion for Smokers
New York Times - Adam Nagourney - November 11, 2010

LAS VEGAS — The notice on the door to the hotel-casino was emphatic. “The Westin Casuarina is a Smoke Free Environment. Thank you for not smoking.” Just beyond, four people were hunched over slot machines the other afternoon, wisps of cigarette smoke swirling around them as they happily puffed away.

And it was perfectly legal. “This is good,” said Ray Wan, a flight attendant from Hawaii, lighting up a cigarette as the slot machine beeped and whirled before him.

At a time when much of the rest of the nation — indeed much of the rest of the world — is on a crusade to banish smoking in public, the casinos of Las Vegas have emerged as a smokers’ oasis, perhaps the last place free from the restrictions that have spread from restaurants to bars to malls to cars carrying children. Nevada law trumps Westin policy.

No matter that Nevada voters strongly approved a ban on public smoking four years ago: the powerful gambling industry made certain that it included an exception for casinos. Blackjack dealers and croupiers, alarmed about secondhand smoke, are pressing a $5 million federal class action lawsuit filed against the Wynn Las Vegas, to force the hotel to protect casino workers who have to sit in smoke-misted rooms. But the most the plaintiff’s lawyers expect from the case is the installation of high-technology air cleansing devices. ...

Wynn employee's smoking lawsuit allowed to proceed
Las Vegas Business Press - Valerie Miller - October 25, 2010

A Wynn Las Vegas employee's lawsuit that accuses the hotel-casino of creating an unsafe work environment by allowing secondhand smoke, can proceed and seek class action status, an attorney for the casino worker said.

Senior Nevada U.S. District Court Judge Lloyd George denied a motion by Wynn Resorts Ltd. attorneys to dismiss the 2009 lawsuit filed by Wynn table-games dealer Kanie Kastroll. In seeking dismissal, Wynn Resorts argued that the hotel-casino had no duty under Nevada law to protect employees from secondhand smoke. ...

Casino dealer's suit over smoking dangers at Wynn moves forward
Las Vegas Sun, 2010-10-14
Steve Green

A lawsuit claiming Wynn Las Vegas doesn’t do enough to protect employees from second-hand tobacco smoke has survived an early court test, with federal Judge Lloyd George in Las Vegas denying Wynn’s motion that the case be dismissed.

Attorneys for Kanie Kastroll filed suit in October 2009, seeking class-action status and charging that --- unlike some competitors -- Wynn Las Vegas and its parent Wynn Resorts Ltd. haven’t been proactive in dealing with smoke dangers.

For instance, the suit charged Wynn has not designated certain sections of the casino as smoke-free, doesn't allow dealers to have fans on their tables, hasn't monitored the health of employees subjected to smoke and hasn't helped employees harmed by smoke.

Attorneys for Wynn sought dismissal of the case, saying Wynn is in compliance with the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, which specifically allows smoking in casinos.

Casino Fails In Effort To Dismiss Secondhand Smoke Class Action ($$)
Lexis Nexis, 2010-10-08

LAS VEGAS - Claims that a Las Vegas casino is endangering the health of workers by permitting customers to smoke on the casino floor can proceed to trial, a Nevada federal judge ruled Sept. 24 (Kanie Kastroll v. Wynn Resorts Ltd., No. 2:09-cv-2034, D. Nev.; 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101934; See 11/2/09, Page 12). Full story on . . .

The plaintiff claims that despite overwhelming scientific evidence, Wynn has failed to protect the health and welfare of many of its employees who must perform their jobs while breathing in secondhand smoke. The plaintiff alleges that Wynn has failed to take any measures to mitigate the level of secondhand smoke on its casino floor. The plaintiff claims that the casino is breaching its duty to workers to provide a safe workplace. . . .

Judge George denied Wynn's argument that the home state controversy exception of the Class Action Fairness Act requires the federal court to decline to exercise jurisdiction over plaintiff's claims and Kastroll's claims are legally insufficient because Wynn has no duty under Nevada law to protect its employees from secondhand smoke. ...

Nevada smoking ban reversal delayed
Tahoe Daily Tribune - Geoff Dornan - June 22, 2010

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada State Health Board on Friday delayed action on regulations that opponents claim would reverse the ban on smoking in restaurants.

The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act was approved by voters in November 2006. It banned smoking in grocery stores, restaurants and most other public areas and businesses — especially those frequented by families and children.

Stand-alone bars and taverns were exempted from the ban along with casino-resorts.

Michael Hackett of Alrus Consulting in Reno organized the petition drive in 2006 on behalf of groups including the American Cancer Society and American Lung Association. He said language in the proposed regulations would allow restaurants to again create smoking sections, exposing nonsmokers and children to tobacco smoke.

“To me this is creating an exemption that is not allowed by statute,” he said. ...

State accused of plans to gut voter-approved smoking ban
Nevada Appeal - Geoff Dornan - June 18, 2010

Regulations before the state Health Board today could reverse part of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act by opening sports bars and restaurants to smokers.

Voters in 2006 approved a ban on smoking in grocery stores, restaurants, sports bars and most other indoor public businesses and public buildings. Stand-alone bars and casino-resorts are exempt.

Restaurant and bar owners have protested the act, saying it caused serious damage to their businesses.

The proposed regulations, scheduled for a vote today, were drafted by health division staff with input from the affected businesses.

They would allow restaurants to effectively create smoking sections, according to Michael Hackett of Alrus Consulting in Reno, which organized the 2006 initiative petition supported by the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and other anti-smoking groups.

‘To me this is creating an exemption that is not allowed by statute,” said Hackett.

“People are now trying to change the petition that was put before the voters,” said Scott Craigie, also of Alrus. “You can't go in after the fact and rewrite it.” ...

Proposal would allow food service in restaurant bars that smoking
Las Vegas Sun - Steve Kanigher - June 18, 2010

Although voters delivered a clear message with passage of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act in 2006 that they didn’t want smoking in restaurants, state health officials this morning will consider a regulation that anti-smoking advocates say would violate the law.

The seven-member State Health Board will consider a proposal that would allow a restaurant to create a physically segregated bar with a separate ventilation system where smoking would be allowed and food could be eaten. Bar patrons would either bring their own food or could have food delivered in a container by a restaurant employee.

Such modifications in Clark County would have to be approved by the Southern Nevada Health District.

The Colorado-based anti-smoking advocacy group, Smoke-Free Gaming, is fuming. Chairwoman Stephanie Steinberg said Thursday the regulation would circumvent voters’ demands to prohibit smoking in places that serve food.

“They are attempting to legislate and change the law when they have no authority to do so,” Steinberg said of the board members. “In no other states that have clean indoor air laws are health authorities trying to change the law.

“It’s despicable, actually. They all know the dangers of secondhand smoke, but they’re being influenced by the opposition to the law.”

Other groups fighting the proposal include the American Cancer Society, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and the American Lung Association. ...

Smoking Regulations Up in Smoke?
KOLO Newschannel 8 (Reno, NV), 2010-06-17
Reporter: Joe Harrington

When the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act passed, it meant bars had to decide whether to allow smoking, or serve food. Now an advocacy organization says regulations being considered would permit restaurants to create a bar with smoking, and a restaurant where it's banned.

"If it's done right if they have the right curtains and air filters to pull the smoke out of the air I think it could work fine," a Reno resident said. . . .

The hearing is scheduled for Friday, June 18 ...

Judge to allow smoking lawsuit against LVCVA
Las Vegas Sun, 2010-05-11
Cy Ryan

A district judge has refused to dismiss a suit against the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority that involves a law permitting smoking at certain trade shows.

District Judge James Wilson ruled Monday that the American Cancer Society has standing to bring the suit, partly because citizens will suffer injury if smoking is allowed at the trade shows.

Cancer Society officials filed suit last December saying that people who go into convention centers during and after smoking is permitted will be exposed to harmful tobacco chemicals that can collect on walls, carpets, the ceiling and furnishings. ...

Visitors authority seeks dismissal of lawsuit aimed at tobacco shows
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2010-01-26

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is asking a Carson City district court to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at preventing smoking at tobacco shows, claiming the society does not have standing to sue.

The American Cancer Society filed suit in early December claiming a law passed during the 2009 state legislative session violates the Nevada Constitution's one subject requirement. The law was added to an anti-stalking measure.

The complaint seeks to revise the law so it only addresses stalking.
The lawsuit named the convention authority, Nevada State Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and public health officials for pushing for revisions to the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, which prevents smoking in public areas such as restaurants, malls, grocery stores and government buildings. ...

Lawsuit seeks to allow Nevada convention smoking
Sacramento Bee - Ken Ritter - December 23, 2009

LAS VEGAS -- The American Cancer Society in Nevada has filed suit against the state, health officials and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, seeking to invalidate a recently enacted state law allowing smoking at some trade shows.

Anti-smoking advocates want a Nevada judge to void a measure relaxing smoking restrictions that was attached to a new statute making stalking and text-messaging threats a crime, said Tom McCoy, an executive with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in Reno.

"The idea of taking an act amending the Clean Indoor Air Act and adding it to a criminal act that deals with stalking didn't seem to make sense," McCoy said. "We are going to protect that act." …

LVCVA sued over smoking amendment
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2009-12-22

The American Cancer Society is suing the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and claiming a recently passed measure allowing smoking in some convention areas violates the Nevada Constitution.
The society's Great West Division and its Cancer Action Network filed the complaint against the convention authority, Nevada State Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and public health officials over a revision to the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act. The measure, which was added on to the anti-stalking bill Assembly Bill 309 in the closing hours of the last legislative session, violates the state constitution's single-subject rule, the society claims. ...

New technology was key behind development of CityCenter's Aria, president says
Las Vegas Sun - Richard N. Velotta - December 14, 2009

The doors open Wednesday at Aria, the centerpiece of MGM Mirage’s new CityCenter development. The company turned the keys over to Bill McBeath, a UNLV Alumnus of the Year who joined the company in 1987.

McBeath held management positions at the Mirage, Treasure Island and Bellagio and took a leap of faith to leave Bellagio to take over as chief operating officer of Aria and Vdara, the nongaming condo-hotel that began the phased opening of the $8.5 billion Strip property on Dec. 1. ....

Wynn seeks dismissal of second-hand smoke suit
Las Vegas Sun, 2009-12-13
Steve Green

Attorneys for Wynn Las Vegas are seeking dismissal of a lawsuit claiming its casino workers are exposed to dangerous second-hand tobacco smoke.

In court papers filed Friday, Wynn's attorneys argued:

--The suit appears to be part of a union campaign involving Wynn casino dealers.

--Wynn is in compliance with the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, which specifically allows smoking in casinos.

The lawsuit was filed Oct. 20 in federal court in Las Vegas by dealer and Transport Workers Union officer Kanie Kastroll.

The suit, filed by Chicago class-action lawsuit firm KamberEdelson LLC, seeks an order requiring Wynn "to take reasonable measures to protect its employees from second-hand smoke" and unspecified costs and attorney's fees. . . .

But after her lawsuit was filed, the Transport Workers Union Gaming Division issued a press release distancing itself from the lawsuit and praising Wynn Las Vegas for its efforts to reduce second-hand smoke. . . .

"In essence, plaintiff asks this court to override the Nevada Legislature's judgment on these very issues and judicially legislate how the gaming industry conducts its business," Wynn's response said. ...

Cancer Society requests changes to anti-smoking law be thrown out
Nevada Appeal, 2009-12-11
Geoff Dornan

The American Cancer Society has petitioned Carson District Court to declare legislation relaxing part of the voter-approved anti-indoor smoking law unconstitutional.

The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act was approved by voters in 2006, outlawing smoking in public buildings or businesses such as restaurants except in casinos, stand-alone bars and strip clubs. The law drew loud objections from operations such as sports bars which also served food.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and several businesses called for a change in the law in the 2009 session. Specifically, they wanted the anti-smoking provisions amended to allow smoking and other tobacco use in convention halls during tobacco-related conventions such as those organized by the convenience store industry.

Opponents of relaxing the law beat that plan back during the session. They argued this was just the first step in dismantling the ban. ...

ACS CAN Files Legal Complaint in Defense of Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act
Las Vegas TSG (press release) - December 22, 2009

Reno, NV – December 9, 2009 – Aggrieved cancer control advocates took action today under the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) banner to file a lawsuit in the State of Nevada’s First Judicial District asking the court to invalidate action by the state legislature in the waning hours of the 2009 session that weakens the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act.

The legal action by ACS CAN seeks judicial review of an alleged state constitutional violation underlying the means by which Assembly Bill 309 was adopted by the Nevada state legislature on June 1, 2009.

As is the case with most states, the constitution of the State of Nevada promotes transparency in government by specifically prohibiting the mixing of unrelated subject matters in the same legislation. AB 309 was throughout the legislative session a bill pertaining to stalking-related crimes. A loosely-worded amendment allowing smoking in undefined “convention facilities” was slipped into AB 309 by a late-night conference committee during the final hours of the 2009 session. In this way, tobacco-related interests used AB 309 as a vehicle to carry forward language from another attack on the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, Senate Bill 372, which had died in an Assembly committee at the behest of health advocates earlier in the session. The Nevada state constitution specifically mandates that the content of bills be limited to “…but one subject, and matter, properly connected therewith.”

Plaintiffs will ask for the smoking-related language to be stricken from AB 309, leaving the remaining legislation focused on stalking-related crimes intact. AB 309 contains a severability clause that would seem to allow such targeted action by the courts.

“ACS CAN members and volunteers recognize our duty to defend the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act and to support the state constitution from the predatory actions of big tobacco,” said Tom McCoy, Director of Nevada Government Relations for ACS CAN. “Crimes related to stalking deserve to be addressed on their own legislative terms without interference from spurious, 11th hour amendments that improperly grant tobacco-related interests free license to smoke.”

During the legislative session, a random-sample scientific poll commissioned by ACS CAN found that 72 percent of Nevada registered voters preferred that the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act remain as-is or be strengthened to cover more indoor areas. In the same survey, 56 percent of respondents expressed that they were more likely to increase their restaurant and bar patronage while, by comparison, only 10 percent of voters indicated they were less likely to visit restaurants and bars now that more public places and establishments are smoke-free.

In recent years, a broad series of national and local reports have substantiated the legitimacy of regulations that limit workplace exposure to secondhand smoke. In 2006, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a report entitled “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke” in which secondhand smoke was determined to be a definitive cause of cancer, heart, disease, and lung disease. Causing further concern in the health community was a May, 2009 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) which detected tobacco smoke-specific carcinogens in the urine of non-smoking casino workers who are exposed to smoke-filled environments at the workplace. Other economic data released by University of Nevada - Las Vegas in early 2009 asserted that local businesses had not experienced any net negative financial impact as a result of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act.

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit ...

Caesars Palace smoking lawsuit dropped, Wynn suit continues
Las Vegas Sun, 2009-12-09
Steve Green

Attorneys have dropped their lawsuit claiming Caesars Palace workers in Las Vegas are exposed to dangerous second-hand cigarette smoke.
Jay Edelson, an attorney with the Chicago law firm KamberEdelson LLC, said the suit filed July 22 in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas was dismissed last week because of circumstances in which the firm could no longer represent the lead plaintiff, Tomo Stephens.

Edelson said Tuesday the firm plans to file another tobacco smoke suit against Caesars Palace and its parent company, Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. of Las Vegas, in behalf of a different plaintiff who has yet to be identified.

"We’ll get our day in court," Edelson said.

In the meantime, KamberEdelson plans to continue pursuing a similar lawsuit filed Oct. 20 against Wynn Las Vegas. Attorneys for Wynn have not yet filed their response to that lawsuit. ...

Union backs Wynn in secondhand smoke dispute
Las Vegas Business Press - Valerie Miller - November 16, 2009

A dealers' union is working on an agreement about secondhand smoke levels at Wynn Las Vegas and is defending the hotel-casino's workplace safety record.

The hotel-casino was sued in federal court last month by Wynn dealer Kanie Kastroll, who claimed dangerous amounts of secondhand smoke had created an unsafe workplace.

The TWU Gaming Division, which is completing a collective bargaining agreement for Wynn's table games dealers, said it conducted its own "independent investigation" of the casino's air filtration system. The findings supported Wynn Las Vegas' system being "as good or better than any other property on the Strip," said Joseph Carbon, director of the TWU Gaming Division. ...

LAS VEGAS - (Business Wire) Joseph Carbon, Director of the TWU Gaming Division
Earthtimes (press release) - November 9, 2009

LAS VEGAS - (Business Wire) Joseph Carbon, Director of the TWU Gaming Division today made the following statement:

"TWU is working in partnership with Wynn Las Vegas (Wynn) to finalize a collective bargaining agreement for Wynn’s table games dealers. Despite the difficult economic environment confronting the gaming industry, this working relationship and partnership between TWU and Wynn has been a success. Wynn has worked diligently with the union over the past 30 months, to reach a mutually beneficial agreement addressing multiple issues important to casino dealers and their jobs. ...

Lawsuit Alleges that Wynn Las Vegas Not Protecting Employees from Second-Hand ...
PR NewsChannel (press release) - October 21, 2009

(PRNewsChannel) / Las Vegas, Nev. / A class action lawsuit filed in federal court claims Wynn Las Vegas Hotel and Casino failed to provide a safe work environment for its employees and seeks to protect them from the effects of second-hand smoke.

“We are not asking that Wynn Las Vegas become smoke free,” says Jay Edelson, one of the attorneys who filed the lawsuit. “But it must take steps to protect the health of its employees. It’s reasonable and it's humane.”

It is well established that second-hand smoke is a health risk to non-smokers. The risks are exacerbated for employees at Wynn, where, the complaint alleges, smoking is not only permitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but is also encouraged. The suit claims that cigarettes are sold, and in some cases given away, to gamblers on the casino floor. ...

Strip resort sued over second-hand smoke
Las Vegas Sun - Steve Green - October 21, 2009

A second Las Vegas Strip casino is being sued over allegations that the health of employees is being affected by second-hand smoke.

A suit seeking class action status to represent all affected workers was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas by Wynn Las Vegas employee Kanie Kastroll against the casino resort and its parent company Wynn Resorts Ltd.

The suit was filed by law firms including KamberEdelson LLC of Chicago, which in July filed a similar suit against Harrah's Entertainment's Caesars Palace hotel-casino.

Attorneys for Harrah's and Caesars have not yet filed their answer to that complaint. That suit has also not completed the significant legal hurdle of being certified as a class action. ...

Officials to strengthen penalties for smoking ban
Las Vegas Business Press - Valerie Miller - October 5, 2009

The Nevada Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act has the Nevada State Division of Health preparing to strengthen penalties for the ban on smoking in bars.

Shortly after the Sept. 24 court ruling, health authorities began writing a "working draft" of proposed regulations for the Southern Nevada Health District. A copy of the draft rules obtained by the Business Press calls for penalties as severe as health permit revocation for taverns that fail to enforce the smoking ban.

Other proposed rules include a requirement for a "proprietor" of any "indoor place of employment," where smoking is prohibited, to "request" that those lighting up there "stop smoking immediately." ...

Court: Smoking ban constitutional, minus criminal sanctions
Las Vegas Sun, 2009-09-25

The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that a voter-approved ban on smoking in such places as schools and indoor places of employment was constitutional.

But the court held that the criminal sanctions could not be imposed because the language was vague.

Voters in 2006 approved a change in the law to ban smoking in such places as schools and indoor places of employment. But the law exempted gaming areas in casinos, stand-alone bars, strip clubs and brothels.

The passage was immediately challenged by businesses including Flamingo Paradise Gaming, Terrible’s Hotel and Casino, the Nevada Tavern Owners Association and Cardivan Corporation.

Clark County District Judge Douglas Herndon ruled the law was unconstitutionally vague for criminal enforcement. But it survived the test for civil enforcement.

Chief Justice James Hardesty, who wrote the majority Supreme Court opinion, said the criminal portion of the law failed to provide sufficient notice of what conduct is prohibited and it allows for arbitrary enforcement.

He said it was unclear whether a business owner was required to stop somebody from smoking in these restricted places and whether the owner has to call the police if the person doesn’t stop.

CityCenter's Aria to protect blackjack dealers from smoke
Las Vegas Sun - Nicole Lucht - August 21, 2009

Go ahead, blow smoke in your blackjack dealer’s face. If you’re playing at the soon-to-open Aria at CityCenter, they will hardly notice.

That’s because Aria’s blackjack tables will be equipped with an air curtain that shoots straight up from the table, dividing dealer and players.

That’s the next-to-best thing Aria could do to protect dealers’ health, aside from not allowing smoking in the casino, said Cindy Ortega, senior vice president of energy and environmental services for MGM Mirage, the company that owns a majority of CityCenter.

“I can take three matches, light up the matches, blow them out, and I put the match right there and the smoke goes right straight up,” she said. “The air curtain is there to protect the dealer from the smoke. Now, it’s not 100 percent (as good) as a nonsmoker, but I think we’ve taken such giant leaps. I think it’s really great.”

Since smokers and their cigarettes are welcomed, MGM Mirage sought a way to make the tobacco-infused air more tolerable for its workers.

The air curtain sounds like a good addition to the gaming floor, said Joe Carbon, head of the gaming division for Transport Workers Union Local 721. ...

LETTER: Smoking ban brings tourists back to Vegas
Las Vegas Sun, 2009-08-02
Bill Kerschner, Cherry Valley, Ill.

Now, because of the smoke-free law in Nevada, we intend to visit more often and will spend more of our hard-earned vacation dollars in Las Vegas. We just returned to Illinois after spending a full week on the Las Vegas Strip and visiting some other great vacation spots in Nevada ­ and we loved the smoke-free air. What a tremendous change for the better out there!

Every Nevada voter should be proud of your smoke-free law, and supporters need to fight to protect it from the tobacco company lobbyists, pro-tobacco politicians and others who want you, your family, friends and loved ones to go back to being forced to breathe in disgusting and health-harming secondhand smoke. ...

Ex-dealer sues Caesars Palace over smoke exposure
Casino City Times - Howard Stutz - July 24, 2009

LAS VEGAS, Nevada –- A dealer who spent two decades at Caesars Palace has sued the Strip resort and parent company Harrah's Entertainment in federal court claiming that exposure to secondhand smoke forced her to quit her casino job.

In a lawsuit that attorneys are seeking to have certified as a class action case, former blackjack dealer Tomo Stephens claimed Caesars Palace isn't doing enough to protect its workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, contends Caesars Palace, since being acquired by Harrah's in 2005, has removed nonsmoking gaming areas from the casino floor, forbids employees from designating certain gaming tables as smoke-free and encourages smoking among its customers.

"The point of this lawsuit is not to ban smoking in casinos," said Jay Edelson, a Chicago-based attorney who filed the action. "The real goal is to change what they're doing. At least offer areas that are nonsmoking where employees can circle in and out. We are not trying to stop smokers from gambling."

The lawsuit claims that Caesars Palace participated in a multiyear investigation by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health that assessed the levels of second-hand smoke in three casinos.

The study found that chemicals associated with second-hand smoke exist both on casino floors and in the bloodstreams of casino employees. ...

New cigar bar gives smokers another option
Nevada Appeal, 2009-07-02
Kirk Caraway

When Nevada passed a law banning smoking in places that serve food, Susan and Jeff Melvin discovered it created a niche for people looking for a smoking option.

The Melvins opened Jimmy G's Cigar Bar in downtown Carson City on June 5. While they don't serve food, the option for patrons to light up is good for business.

“The nice thing is, people can choose,” Susan Melvin said. “If they want to go somewhere where there is no smoking, they can, or where people can smoke, they can.”

Melvin said customers can order lunch or dinner from nearby Garibaldi's or Kim Lee Sushi and have it delivered. ...

Nev. lawmakers end session with flurry of activity
Forbes - June 2, 2009

Lawmakers also revived and approved part of a once-rejected proposal to roll back a voter-approved smoking ban in public places. An amendment tacked onto AB309, which deals with stalking, allows smoking at tobacco trade conventions.

Lobbyists revive part of Indoor smoking bill
AP, 2009-05-31

A plan to roll back a voter-approved ban on smoking in public places died weeks ago in the Nevada Legislature, but lobbyists for the gambling and tourism industries are using the last few days of the 2009 session to try to bring it back to life.

The original bill, SB372 would have softened the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, passed by voters in 2006, by fine-tuning just where smoking should be prohibited. Lobbyists wanted to allow smoking in bars that serve food as long as minors are restricted from entry, but the bill died when it failed to pass out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

That didn't stop lobbyists from reviving part of the plan on Saturday to allow smoking at tobacco trade conventions. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority sought the change because some groups with tobacco industry ties canceled Nevada conventions after the ban too effect. ...

Bill gives Vegas convention authority win on smoking
Las Vegas Sun - May 31, 2009

CARSON CITY – On the next to last day of the Legislature, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has come away with a victory in the battle over smoking.

A Senate-Assembly Conference Committee has agreed to amend a bill to permit smoking in conventions that are closed to the public or are being produced by a business related to tobacco and involves the display of tobacco products.

Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, D-Sparks, said this was a narrow exception to the smoking ban in restaurants, grocery stores or in bars that serve food. A bill to permit smoking in bars that serve food died in the Assembly Judiciary Committee earlier this session without a vote. Anderson was chairman of that committee.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority testified that it lost two conventions because of the smoking ban approved by voters in 2006. And it asked for a change in the law. ...

Indoor smoking bill lives
AP, 2009-05-30
CATHY BUSSEWITZ Associated Press Writer

-A plan to roll back a voter-approved ban on smoking in public places died weeks ago in the Nevada Legislature, but lobbyists for the gambling and tourism industries are using the last few days of the 2009 session to try to bring it back to life.

The original bill, SB372 would have softened the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, passed by voters in 2006, by fine-tuning just where smoking should be prohibited. Lobbyists wanted to allow smoking in bars that serve food as long as minors are restricted from entry, but the bill died when it failed to pass out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

That didn't stop lobbyists from reviving part of the plan on Saturday to allow smoking at tobacco trade conventions. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority sought the change because some groups with tobacco industry ties canceled Nevada conventions after the ban too effect.

The amendment was suggested for AB309, with deals with the crime of stalking. ...

A win for clean air
Las Vegas Sun - May 19, 2009

It was a welcome moment last week when Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Bernie Anderson asked if any member wanted to vote on Senate Bill 372 and the response was silence.

Because Friday was the final day for committees to process bills, the silence rendered SB372 all but dead.

The bill would have altered the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, which voters approved in 2006. The act prohibits smoking in almost all indoor places of employment in Nevada, a notable exception being the gaming areas of casinos.

Another exception is taverns, but only those that do not serve food. It was tavern owners who were pushing SB372. The bill would have amended the act to allow food service and smoking in taverns. Additionally, the bill would have allowed businesses to permit smoking in separately ventilated rooms, and would have transferred enforcement of the act from local health officials to state health officials.

Had those changes gone through, the public would have once again been inundated with dangerous secondhand smoke, as separately ventilated rooms are no guarantee against smoke permeating buildings, and state agencies are not staffed well enough to enforce the act.

Anderson said there was “no appetite” for the bill among the committee members. Nevadans should be grateful, as secondhand smoke has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a cause of cancer. It can also lead to other health problems, asthma and heart disease among them. ...

2009 LEGISLATURE: Plan to ease smoking ban shelved
Measures on text-messaging, toll roads among those that fail to advance
AP, 2009-05-17

A plan to roll back a voter-approved ban on smoking in many public places, sought by Nevada bars, restaurants and casinos but opposed by public health advocates, died Friday without an Assembly committee vote needed to keep it alive.

Assembly Judiciary Chairman Bernie Anderson, D-Sparks, declared Senate Bill 372 dead after no members of his panel asked that the bill be considered on Friday's deadline for action on the measure. ..

Plan to soften smoking ban running out of time
'Controversial bill' may not make it, says chairman
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2009-05-14

A Senate-passed bill to allow patrons to smoke in bars that serve food could die because there is not enough time to consider amendments, a chairman said Wednesday.

After a two-hour hearing in which witnesses could speak no more than five minutes, Assembly Judiciary Chairman Bernie Anderson said Senate Bill 372 may be the victim of the 1998 constitutional amendment limiting the Legislature to 120 days. . . .

The bill, backed 14-5 in the Senate, would allow smoking in taverns and bars that serve food as long as minors are not permitted on the premises.
Anderson and others suggested during the hearing that if the bill were to pass, then such bars should erect large signs telling patrons that smoking is permitted.

Legislators are not allowed to change voter-approved laws until three years after their passage. SB 372, if passed, would go into effect on Dec. 9. ...

Smoking study capped Caesars dealer's long, lonely fight
Las Vegas Sun - May 12, 2009

During the 25 years she worked as a Caesars Palace dealer, Terrie Price was one of a few vocal anti-smoking dissenters among thousands of largely silent casino workers. Price believes her efforts to force her employer to address secondhand smoke, even as a growing body of scientific research chronicled its dangers, cost her that job.

The release last week of the first federal study detailing the effects of secondhand smoke on Las Vegas casino employees — a study Price requested — vindicated those efforts, Price said.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health tracked more than 100 dealers at Bally’s, Paris Las Vegas and Caesars Palace during on-site visits in 2005 and 2006. Researchers found the dealers were exposed to airborne chemicals associated with secondhand smoke during their shifts, had increased levels of tobacco-specific carcinogens in their urine after their shifts, and reported a host of respiratory problems potentially triggered by workplace smoke.

“We’ve been waiting a long time for this,” said Price, 53.

When she first went to work as a blackjack and roulette dealer at Caesars in 1979, the resort was among many Las Vegas casinos that encouraged smoking by handing out free cigarettes to gamblers and providing ashtrays. ...

NIOSH study shows casino workers face toxic conditions

Berkeley, CA (May 6, 2009) - A new report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shows workers in Las Vegas casinos are exposed to dangerous levels of secondhand smoke at work. NIOSH recommends making casinos 100% smokefree to ensure indoor air within casinos is safe for workers to breathe.

In 2005, blackjack dealers working in three Las Vegas casinos stepped forward and filed a NIOSH workplace Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) request asking NIOSH to investigate secondhand tobacco smoke in their workplaces. NIOSH responded with a research team that conducted indoor air quality tests and biomarker assessments on 124 card dealers in Bally's, Caesars Palace, and Paris casinos on the Las Vegas strip.

Researchers found secondhand smoke components in the air including nicotine, 4-vinyl pyridine, solanesol, benzene, toluene, p-dichlorormethane, and formaldehyde. In addition, urinary testing of workers after their shifts indicated cancer causing toxins in secondhand smoke were absorbed into workers’ bodies. The NIOSH report authors concluded that the “best means of eliminating workplace exposure to [secondhand smoke] is to ban all smoking in the casinos.” ...

A smoke-free Nevada works for all of us
This advertisement pointed out that 72 percent of Nevadans were in support of smokefree air and Nevadans were 5 times more likely to go out to a smoke-free environment.

UNLV releases smoking ban research
KTNV-TV ABC 13 (Las Vegas, NV), 2009-04-20

UNLV researchers don't deny that local bars and restaurants have lost business in the last couple years.

But they say the reason is the economic downturn.

"The recession probably played the biggest part if any business lost money," says Nancy York, an assistant professor in the UNLV School of Nursing.

Researchers looked at taxable sales, slot tax collections and employment rates, and do not believe the smoking ban played that much of a role.

"A lot of what we saw, unemployment, decrease in sales, it pretty much started before the law," says York. ...

Going Against the Trend, Nevada Lawmakers Consider Easing the State’s Ban on Smoking
New York Times, 2009-04-19

The Nevada Senate voted 16 to 5 on Friday to advance a measure that would soften a statewide smoking ban, putting the state on track to become the first in the nation to ease restrictions it had imposed on cigarette use in public spaces.

The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, which took effect in 2007, bans smoking in any indoor space where minors may be present and where food is served. The new bill, which now moves to the Assembly for consideration, would allow taverns that offer food to permit smoking if they bar people under 21 from entry.

Many taverns in Nevada have video poker slot machines that provide a significant source of revenue, but the Nevada Tavern Owners Association said gambling revenue had fallen considerably since they had to stop patrons from smoking. Smokers have decided to gamble at the local casinos instead because the law excluded casino floors from the ban . . .

Gambling revenues over all have plummeted in Nevada over the past year, down 18.1 percent in February versus February 2008, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

While a few cities, including Champaign and Urbana, Ill., and Friendship Heights, Md., have repealed smoking bans over the past decade, antismoking advocates said they knew of no statewide restrictions that had been eased or undone. ...

Smoking is a workplace issue
Reno News & Review - April 15, 2009

The same kind of indirection accompanies the current debate over Nevada’s anti-smoking law.

“Bar and tavern owners, as well as customers, have expressed anger and confusion over the law since it was enacted,” reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal last week.

Owners and customers. Is someone missing from that survey?

“I have to shower—really well, including shampooing—before my wife will let me into bed,” says one Sparks Nugget dealer.

“I can’t smell it on myself after a shift because I’m so used to it,” says a casino worker at Harrah’s. “But I know it’s on me from the way people back away from me after the end of shift.”

“Tourists are in and out,” said a Circus Circus worker. “I breathe that stuff all night.”

Workers say the state anti-smoking law does them more good than it does customers, who are normally in a casino or restaurant for a relatively short time. Workers are there for a full shift—giving them extended exposure to involuntary inhalation of second-hand smoke.

Studies have shown that second-hand smoke can be a factor in asthma, heart disease, sudden infant death syndrome, cancer, stroke and premature death. ...

Court won't block debate on smoking bill
AP, 2009-04-13
BRENDAN RILEY Associated Press Writer

.--The Nevada Supreme Court refused Monday to block legislative debate on a bill that would ease terms of a voter-approved measure that banned smoking in many bars and other public places.

The high court said its intervention isn't warranted because "no amendment to the current statute has occurred." Justices added that until the Legislature actually approves SB372, any action it takes in the case would be premature.

The bill was approved last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee but still must win full Senate approval and then move to the Assembly for final legislative action.

SB372 softens the 2006 Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act to allow smoking in bars that serve food as long as minors are restricted from entry. Also, businesses could wall off separately ventilated smoking rooms.

Pulling rank on voters
Las Vegas Sun - April 10, 2009

It is not hard to grasp why tavern owners support Senate Bill 372, which would allow them to once again serve food even if their patrons are smoking — as long as there are no children present.

Under the Clean Indoor Air Act, a law initiated and passed by voters in 2006, owners can either ban smoking in their bar/restaurants or simply become a bar where no food is served.

Either way, they say, they lose money.

On the other hand, however, it is very hard to understand why the Senate Judiciary Committee this week voted 6-1 in favor of SB372, which clearly goes against the election results. Does the will of tavern owners rank above the will of voters? To the six senators who voted for the bill, apparently it does.

We strongly agree with the one member of the committee who voted against the bill, Valerie Weiner, D-Las Vegas.

“I believe that what was done in the Clean Indoor Act was the proper thing to do to protect the public health of the people of Nevada, and I didn’t see that any modifications would be appropriate,” Weiner said.


Bill easing smoking ban passes
AP, 2009-04-08

CARSON CITY, Nev.--A bill that would ease the terms of a voter-approved measure that banned smoking in many bars and other public places was approved on a 6-1 Wednesday by a key legislative committee.

SB372, approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would soften the 2006 Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act to allow smoking in bars that serve food as long as minors are restricted from entry. Also, businesses could wall off separately ventilated smoking rooms.

NEVADA SUPREME COURT: Smoking ban foes air challenge
Law targeting smoking called vague, unfair
Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2009-04-07

Opponents of Nevada's smoking ban challenged the constitutionality of the 2006 law Monday before the state Supreme Court, arguing that it should be overturned because it is vague and unfairly targets small bars and taverns.

Challengers also said that a district judge should not have upheld the ban during a court fight several years ago. At issue is a ruling by District Judge Douglas Herndon that allowed the enactment of the smoking ban but threw out any criminal penalties people might face. ...

Preserve the voters’ will
Las Vegas Sun - April 3, 2009

A bill in the Nevada Senate that would amend a state law that bans smoking within many indoor places of employment should not proceed beyond a hearing that has been scheduled for today.

Senate Bill 372 would radically change the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, which was initiated and passed by voters in 2006.

The bill would undercut people’s current right to patronize publicly accessible buildings without having to contend with secondhand smoke. There are some exemptions to the law, such as gaming areas inside casinos. ...

Rallies planned to protest proposed smoking rule revisions
KRNV - April 3, 2009

CARSON CITY (AP) -- Rallies will be held in both ends of Nevada Friday to protest a bill that would water down Nevada's strict anti-smoking laws.

The 8 a.m. rallies outside the Capitol Building in Carson City and the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas coincide with a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing later Friday morning on the
measure. ...

Senate proceeding with smoking ban hearing despite lawsuit
Las Vegas Sun - April 2, 2009

CARSON CITY – A Senate committee intends to go forward with a hearing Friday on a bill to loosen Nevada’s Clean Indoor Air Act despite a lawsuit to stop the Legislature from considering the bill.

Sen. Terry Care, D-Las Vegas, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he will hold the hearing unless “advised otherwise.”

And it has been revealed that Kendall Stagg, who filed the suit in the Nevada Supreme Court, still owes the state several thousand dollars on a fine imposed on him for filing a late campaign finance report when he ran for Reno City Council in 2002. ...

Petition would block legislative hearing
Monterey County Herald - April 1, 2009

CARSON CITY, Nev.—One of the leaders in a successful 2006 initiative petition to ban smoking in bars and other public places has gone to court to block Nevada lawmakers from holding a hearing Friday on a plan to ease terms of that ban.
Kendall Stagg petitioned the state Supreme Court for an order to halt the Senate Judiciary hearing on SB372, which would revise the ban to allow for smoking in bars that serve food as long as minors are restricted from entry. Also, businesses could wall off separately ventilated smoking rooms.

Stagg said the Nevada Constitution states that an initiative petition can't be amended, repealed or otherwise modified within three years from the date it takes effect. In the case of the smoking ban which took effect in late 2006, he said that means nothing can be changed until the end of this year, when a full three years will have gone by.

"SB372 is an action by its sponsors, the Senate Judiciary Committee, to take the people's right to vote and make it meaningless," Stagg wrote. "Any action in regards to this bill also damages the right of the people to determine what is healthy for them rather than a building of lobbyists and legislators." ...

Smoking ban to be snuffed out?
KVBC - March 24, 2009

It's been a little more than two years since voters approved a smoking ban in establishments that serve food. But now, there's some talk up in Carson City about changing the law. News 3's Angela Martin reports that this potential change would allow some places to have both food and smoking.

Under the proposed amendment to the law, patrons at adult-only bars and taverns could light up and enjoy a meal. However, no one under 21 would be allowed.

It would also let restaurants create smoking sections, which would have to be walled off and separately ventilated from the rest of the business.

State Supreme Court sets date to hear appeal of smoking ban
Las Vegas Business Press - March 16, 2009

The Nevada Supreme Court has set April 6 to hear an appeal of Nevada's smoking ban, perhaps signaling the end is in sight to the nearly 21/2-year-old battle. But even a victory in the state's high court will come too late for the more than 50 bars that have gone out of business, tavern owners say. ...

Herbst Gaming blames smoking ban for bankruptcy
KVBC - March 12, 209

Terrible timing or terrible management? News broke Tuesday night that Herbst Gaming will file for bankruptcy, blaming more than just the bad economy. News 3's Steve Crupi is taking a hard look at what killed this fast-growing casino company in Las Vegas.

Crushed by debt and bad decisions, Herbst Gaming is about to lose its collection of 15 casinos, including Terribles Casino and three well-known properties in Primm.

Gaming industry bloggers have not been kind to the Herbst family lately, calling it "good news" that the company is losing its casinos. Financial analysts have also been harsh with their assessments, focusing on the one decision that truly crippled the company: The 2007 purchase of three casinos in Primm. One analyst told the Review Journal, "They overpaid, pure and simple."

The economic slump has certainly hurt the Terribles empire, but one little logo may have done just as much damage.

Herbst Gaming says it blames the smoking ban that took effect two years ago. The ban in stores and restaurants didn't really hurt the casinos, but it did hurt the convenience stores where Herbst has a huge network of slot machines. ...

NV casino voluntarily imposes smoking ban
San Francisco Chronicle, 2008-11-14

A new Fernley casino has opened as what its owners call Nevada's first smoke-free resort from the start.

Fernley Nugget owners said their decision to build the smoke-free property was spurred by comments from non-smoking gamblers at other casinos owned by the same company across northern Nevada.

"Just by providing a smoke-free environment, I think it will make it inviting to those people who do not smoke cigarettes," said Scott Tate, Nugget general manager.

Tate said smokers haven't complained much so far, but it remains to be seen how the smoking ban will affect business at the casino located 30 miles east of Reno.

"It's a very risky move," he told the Lahontan Valley News and Fallon Eagle Standard newspaper.

$100 FINE: Smoking law faces first test
Businesses that give customers makeshift ashtrays face citations
Las Vegas Review Journal, April 27, 2007

Handing out Styrofoam or plastic cups as ashtrays doesn't give businesses a free pass to flout Nevada's smoking ban.

Instead, passing out such makeshift ashtrays to catch ashes falling from their customers' nicotine sticks can get businesses a warning. And for those who fail to comply afterward, a citation.

After five months educating Clark County businesses about the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, the Southern Nevada Health District will respond to more than 2,000 public complaints of violations by issuing its first citation next week.

One business will be dragged into civil court and faces a $100 fine.

Judge okays most of Question 5
Criminal penalties nixed
Las Vegas Business Press, 2006-12-22

District Judge Douglas Herndon issued a preliminary injunction Thursday barring criminal enforcement of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, which was passed by the voters at last November's election. He ruled, however, that as a "regulatory scheme" or part of the health code, the law was facially constitutional.

The ruling allows the Southern Nevada Health District to begin issuing citations and means bars that are covered will have to stop smoking or risk having their smoking customers cited, Health District Attorney Stephen Minagil assured Herndon during Thursday's proceedings that the district would prepare and launch an education program before starting to issue citations to offenders. . . .

In splitting the verdict, Herndon drew attention to the legal distinction between criminal and civil penalties. Criminal conviction would be irreparable, he noted, while civil penalties would not. The judgment also made much of the vagueness of the definitions as they pertain to criminal penalties but said that any "conceivable" difference could justify the distinction between gaming businesses with restricted and non-restricted licenses.

Before announcing his decision, Herndon noted that he had received lots of mail from the public urging him to let the voters' will stand. In a mini-civics lesson, he explained that the courts had a different role to play from the political branches of government.

New study raises smoking concerns: Some Nevada workers up in arms about health risks and effects of ballot initiatives
June 13, 2006

The results of a new study on the effects of second-hand smoke on casino employees has verified what some say they've known all along: Second-hand smoke in the workplace is hazardous to health.

Research headed by Chris Pritsos, chairman of the nutrition department at the University of Nevada, Reno, shows casino workers are exposed to four times the amount of second-hand cigarette and cigar smoke as any other work force population.
The five-year, $2.5 million study followed 125 nonsmokers who work in casinos in Reno and Las Vegas. The study, Pritsos said, shows a direct correlation between second-hand smoke exposure at work and damage to employees' DNA.
The Reno study, if supported by further research, could lead the way to a total ban on smoking in hotel-casinos in the future.
Frank J. Fahrenkopf, president and chief executive officer of the American Gaming Association, who was once a three-pack-a-day smoker, said the possibility of a total smoking ban would impact different casinos in different ways.
"Some hotels have a thriving business with Europeans and people from Asia. Those people are heavy smokers," he said. "Other hotels may not have the same market, so they'd have a different view."

Jane Kilgore, a blackjack dealer at the Paris Casino and an active ANR member, poses with 1200 pairs of shoes, representing the daily American lives lost to tobacco for Kick Butts Day 2006.

Smoke Free Casinos?
KOLO TV, March 24, 2005

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