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
Washoe County District Health Department: 775-328-2434
Southern Nevada Health District (Clark County): 702-759-0588
Other areas of Nevada: 775-684-5914
State Quitline Numbers:
1-702-877-0684 (Las Vegas)
American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)
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to the editor: stop smoking
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not suspend store's alcohol sales, too? Letter
would prevent smoking in cars with children
officials favor Nevada bill to ban smoking in cars with children
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County health officials say e-cigs should be regulated
requests district support of Spring Creek store
Orleans readies smoking ban, but it won't happen here
Second Amendment a real life-saver
Health district in fog on e-cigarette tax
would be regulated like tobacco under new bill
e-cig use be regulated in Nevada?
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"The market goes up in vapor" (Let Freedom Ring, Oct. 16):
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TO THE EDITOR: Get ready for a smoke-free Las Vegas
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in Las Vegas Casinos Not Going Away Any Time Soon
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UNR residence hall scheduled to open in 2015
E-cigarettes are full of chemicals
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County School District moves to ban e-cigarette use
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war in Las Vegas: Are e-cigarettes a tobacco product or not?
surrounds e-cigarettes as popularity grows
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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.
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for a short period. That was it. I wanted to play some card games but
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Become Second Class Citizens to Second-Hand Smoke
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 states 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.
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Court in a fight over allowing smoking in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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to allow smoking in bars that serve food signed
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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
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and stroke significantly decreased from 2007 to 2009 ...
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survivor: ban casino smoke
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but also good for the economy.
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court hears tavern smoking ban challenge
seek ban on casino smoking
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wield Disabilities Act in fight for smoke-free casinos
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outside of which a person would not be able to smoke ...
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advances requiring businesses to post signs on smoking
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Restricting taverns may have unintended consequences
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. ...
owners seek to reinstate eating rights to adult smokers
board won't change licensing procedures
to ponder Dotty's fate
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that included Reno reveals risk of secondhand smoke in casinos
Packham: Show me the data of smoking ban's negative impact
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. ...
proposes campus smoking ban
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Associated Students of the University of Nevada have not taken sides
on the issue yet. UNR students, smokers and nonsmokers alike, seem widely
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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.
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Workers Still Subjected to Smoke
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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. Thats right, theyre not even trying to seek a smoke-free workplacetheyre simply asking their employer to do a little more to reduce the fumes. ...
Vegas Casinos Are a Last Bastion for Smokers
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 plaintiffs lawyers expect from the case is the installation
of high-technology air cleansing devices. ...
employee's smoking lawsuit allowed to proceed
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. ...
dealer's suit over smoking dangers at Wynn moves forward
A lawsuit claiming Wynn Las Vegas doesnt 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 Wynns 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. havent 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.
Fails In Effort To Dismiss Secondhand Smoke Class Action ($$)
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 lexis.com . . .
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. ...
smoking ban reversal delayed
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. ...
accused of plans to gut voter-approved smoking ban
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. ...
would allow food service in restaurant bars that smoking
Although voters delivered a clear message with passage of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act in 2006 that they didnt 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.
Its despicable, actually. They all know the dangers of secondhand smoke, but theyre 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.
Regulations Up in Smoke?
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 ...
to allow smoking lawsuit against LVCVA
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. ...
authority seeks dismissal of lawsuit aimed at tobacco shows
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.
seeks to allow Nevada convention smoking
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
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sued over smoking amendment
The American Cancer Society is suing the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors
Authority and claiming a recently passed measure allowing smoking in
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technology was key behind development of CityCenter's Aria, president
The doors open Wednesday at Aria, the centerpiece of MGM Mirages 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. ....
seeks dismissal of second-hand smoke suit
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. ...
Society requests changes to anti-smoking law be thrown out
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. ...
CAN Files Legal Complaint in Defense of Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act
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 Nevadas 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.
Palace smoking lawsuit dropped, Wynn suit continues
Attorneys have dropped their lawsuit claiming Caesars Palace workers
in Las Vegas are exposed to dangerous second-hand cigarette smoke.
Edelson said Tuesday the firm plans to file another tobacco smoke suit against Caesars Palace and its parent company, Harrahs Entertainment Inc. of Las Vegas, in behalf of a different plaintiff who has yet to be identified.
"Well 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. ...
backs Wynn in secondhand smoke dispute
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. ...
VEGAS - (Business Wire) Joseph Carbon, Director of the TWU Gaming Division
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 Wynns 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. ...
Alleges that Wynn Las Vegas Not Protecting Employees from Second-Hand
(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.
resort sued over second-hand smoke
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. ...
to strengthen penalties for smoking ban
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
Smoking ban constitutional, minus criminal sanctions
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, Terribles 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 doesnt stop.
Aria to protect blackjack dealers from smoke
Go ahead, blow smoke in your blackjack dealers face. If youre playing at the soon-to-open Aria at CityCenter, they will hardly notice.Thats because Arias blackjack tables will be equipped with an air curtain that shoots straight up from the table, dividing dealer and players.
Thats 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, its not 100 percent (as good) as a nonsmoker, but I think weve taken such giant leaps. I think its 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. ...
Smoking ban brings tourists back to Vegas
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. ...
sues Caesars Palace over smoke exposure
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. ...
cigar bar gives smokers another option
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. ...
lawmakers end session with flurry of activity
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.
revive part of Indoor smoking bill
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. ...
gives Vegas convention authority win on smoking
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. ...
smoking bill lives
-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. ...
win for clean air
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. ...
LEGISLATURE: Plan to ease smoking ban shelved
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. ..
to soften smoking ban running out of time
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
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. ...
study capped Caesars dealer's long, lonely fight
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 Ballys, 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.
Weve 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. ...
NO SAFE BETS FOR CASINO WORKERS:
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. ...
smoke-free Nevada works for all of us
releases smoking ban research
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. ...
Against the Trend, Nevada Lawmakers Consider Easing the States
Ban on Smoking
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. ...
is a workplace issue
The same kind of indirection accompanies the current debate over Nevadas 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 showerreally well, including shampooingbefore my wife will let me into bed, says one Sparks Nugget dealer.
I cant smell it on myself after a shift because Im so used to it, says a casino worker at Harrahs. But I know its 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 shiftgiving 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
won't block debate on smoking bill
.--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.
rank on voters
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 didnt see that any modifications would be appropriate, Weiner said.
easing smoking ban passes
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.
SUPREME COURT: Smoking ban foes air challenge
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.
the voters will
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 peoples 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.
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
proceeding with smoking ban hearing despite lawsuit
CARSON CITY A Senate committee intends to go forward with a hearing Friday on a bill to loosen Nevadas 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. ...
would block legislative hearing
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.
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." ...
ban to be snuffed out?
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
Supreme Court sets date to hear appeal of smoking ban
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
Gaming blames smoking ban for bankruptcy
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. ...
casino voluntarily imposes smoking ban
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.
FINE: Smoking law faces first test
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.
okays most of Question 5
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.
study raises smoking concerns: Some Nevada workers up in arms about health risks
and effects of ballot initiatives
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.