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RE: The Nevada bill to remove some restrictions on their smoking ban, SB 372.
If you live in, or visit the state, please e-mail the legislators to bring back SB 372.
I would suggest to those who do write to have added to the bill a exemption for Airports behind the security gate, just like they have in the State of Colorado which exempts DIA from their state ban.
This bill would pass, and we would have a big win in this country – if people cared enough to simply write or call their legislators. We can win this one.
– A Newsletter Reader
Bill that would loosen smoking restrictions dies
May 15, 2009
by? Michael J. McFadden
April 19th, 2009
The two that showed? a relationship were split with one actually showing a “protective” effect from? exposure (Janerich 1990) and one showing a causative effect (Fontham 1994) Even? if you took the one study that supports the idea as fact you’d still be looking? at a figure claiming just one extra lung cancer for every 15,000 or so? person-years of exposure (based on Fontham’s
1.5 RR and a base lifetime LC rate? in non-exposed nonsmokers of about 1 in 200, i.e. 1/2 of one percent). I do not? know of any “social exposure”
primary studies that have been completed in more? recent years though it’s possible some exist. .
Author of? Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains Mid-Atlantic Director, Citizens Freedom? Alliance, Inc.
Director, Pennsylvania Smokers’ Action Network? (PASAN)
PUBLIC HEALTH: Smoking measure advances
By ED VOGEL
Nevada Senate overwhelmingly approves reversing statewide smoking ban.
April 20, 2009
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Senate voted 16-5 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 fact that Nevada’s smoking ban has had a disastrous effect on their economy is no doubt the driving factor to re-instating freedom. And that lawmakers are now being educated about special interests who manufacture alternative nicotine products like Nicoderm (J & J / RWJF) being the primary lobbyists behind the smoking ban movement is giving them cause to rethink these draconian, rent seeking laws.
Bill easing smoking ban endorsed
April 17, 2009
By BRENDAN RILEY • Associated Press Writer
A bill that would ease terms of a voter-approved measure that banned smoking in many Nevada bars and other public places was approved on a 14-5 vote Friday in the state Senate.
SB372, softening the 2006 Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, would allow smoking in bars that serve food as long as minors are restricted from entry. Also, businesses could wall off separately ventilated smoking rooms.
Opponents included Sen. John Lee, D-North Las Vegas, who said he had “been to God’s waiting room” while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, adding that second-hand smoke didn’t cause his disease but has caused cancer in other “unsuspecting victims.”
“The voters of Nevada took it upon themselves to do this public service” by imposing the smoking ban, Lee said, adding, “The people voted to protect themselves from future health harm. We owe it to our constituents to uphold their decision.”
While business lobbyists warned that the ban would destroy Nevada’s tourism industry, Lee said, “I think that playing the slots is not that difficult without a cigarette. Let’s uphold health and the will of the voters, the people of the state of Nevada.”
Sen. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, countered that SB372 doesn’t run counter to voters’ wishes because an amendment to SB372 provides protections against second-hand smoke and imposes penalties for violations.
“I defy you to look at the amendment … and find something in there that says we have ignored the will of the voters and we want to expose children to second-hand smoke and we want to expose other people to second-hand smoke,” Amodei said.
As amended, the bill calls for fines of up to $2,000 for bar owners who fail to keep out minors. Also, the state health officer could designate local health authorities to enforce the act.
The 2006 initiative prohibited smoking in restaurants and bars that serve food, in slot machine sections of grocery and convenience stores, and at video arcades, shopping malls, schools and day-care centers. Smoking is still allowed on gambling floors of casinos.
LETTERS: Finally prevailing over anti-smoking zealots
To the editor:
Thank goodness logic and reason may prevail with the smoking law issue (“Smoking measure advances,” Saturday Review-Journal). The vocal minority that has screeched for years over this will finally see their efforts at social engineering fail.
How many jobs and lives did they disrupt? How many businesses failed as a result of their action? How much tax revenue was lost? Where were the throngs of nonsmokers waiting to enter taverns when the smoking ban passed? Why did they want a “healthy” environment for children inside of adult taverns, anyway?
Maybe in the future, if we would like a fair vote on the subject, the choice should be a simple yes or no to smoking in public places instead of hidden lawyer gobbledegook wording that hides the true agenda of the anti-constitutional ideologues.
Thousands complaining about smoking since ban
April 13, 2009
Southern Nevada Health District officials say they’ve received more than 4,200 complaints about people smoking tobacco since voters approved the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act in 2006.
But no fines have been issued. Officials blame lack of clarity about how the measure should be enforced.
Now state lawmakers are considering changes that would allow smoking in bars that serve food as long as minors are restricted from entry.
Bill easing smoking ban endorsed
CARSON CITY, Nev. — A bill that would ease the terms of a voter-approved measure that banned smoking in many Nevada bars and other public places was approved on a 6-1 Wednesday by a key legislative committee.
A smoking double standard?
To boost revenue, repeal smoking law
Apr. 16, 2008
Despite what the vocal minority claims, an easy way to immediately start adding tax dollars to state coffers would be to rescind the archaic, unconstitutional, anti-business smoking law deceitfully presented to the electorate.
When people were arguing “Yes on 4,” “No on 5” and vice versa in 2006, I was calling for a no vote on both. That thousands of children were dying in our streets from secondhand smoke after hanging out in taverns was the most laughable excuse for this law ever conceived. Even the most deranged liberal can hardly make that connection.
After almost a year and a half into this folly, let’s list the accomplishments. Bar owners were told they could serve food or allow smoking, but not both. An untold number of short-order cooks and waitresses in Nevada lost their jobs when taverns closed their kitchens to try to retain smoking customers and keep their gambling revenues up. Taxes lost. Bartending and waitress shifts were cut back due to the loss of business. Taxes lost. Hungry customers are now forced to leave taverns to get food because delivery was also banned. Taxes lost. Gamers that once frequented taverns now go to larger casinos, where the gaming tax is a lot less than what smaller taverns pay. Taxes lost.
When the voters enact laws that affect millions of dollars in taxes and the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people, do they ever consider any future ramifications?
In the little tavern I frequent, four cooks and three waitresses, two of whom were teachers working part-time to supplement their income, lost their jobs. No longer are they employed as such.
A simple and much easier standard that should have been established was a simple sign that read “No person under the age of 21 allowed on premises.” Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
November 13, 2007
By Gregory Mottola?
If you’re a sports fan, you know the collective endorphin rush that comes from being part of a huge audience when the home team wins a major victory. There is an undeniable energy that builds and peaks with the crowd’s enthusiasm. For cigar smokers, the Cigar Aficionado Big Smoke is like the Super Bowl, the World Series and a heavyweight boxing title fight all rolled up into one weekend — but in this case there are no losers.
Inspectors soon to cite individuals violating ban in restaurants, bars
Aug. 15, 2007
By ANNETTE WELLS, REVIEW-JOURNAL
Southern Nevada smokers who skirt the state’s smoking ban by lighting up in bars and restaurants where smoking isn’t allowed soon might face a justice of the peace and a $100 fine.
The Southern Nevada Health District is gearing up to issue citations to individual smokers violating the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, said its attorney, Stephen Minagil.
“We’re just about there,” he said.
The health district has drafted a citation form for health inspectors to use in citing individuals caught smoking in businesses where the ban applies, but it does not have a system in place yet for the courts to handle the citations.
The health district was left with sole enforcement responsibility in Southern Nevada after a district judge in December removed criminal penalties from the law, taking away any law enforcement role in ensuring compliance.
Up to now, the health district has been taking complaints from customers about businesses, making inspections and in some cases, most notably with Bilbo’s Bar and Grill, trying to enforce the provisions of Question 5 through the courts.
Minagil said the health district has the authority to ask individual violators for identification “at every location where we find them violating the act.”
The agency plans to speak with judges and Justice Court officials in the next two weeks about finalizing a system to adjudicate cases, he said.
“What that means is, as part of due process, people, or violators, are entitled to it. For our part, we need to include a date, time and location as to where these individuals may go as part of that due process,” he said. “We are trying to make it as efficient as possible where we would be able to handle all of the cases in one day.”
Once the system is ready, the health district can move to the next step, which is to speak with law enforcement about helping health inspectors in carrying out the citation process.
That will be an attempt by the health district to cover all “potential situations,” which might include resistance from bar and restaurant patrons caught smoking, Minagil said.
“We are not peace officers, yet we’re in a bar and people are drinking. We just want to avoid any potential future problems. That may include someone not giving us their identification,” he said. “The Health District staff writing these citations are scientists. They are environmental health specialists who are not armed. They don’t have peace officer training.”
If a health inspector is in need of help, Minagil said, the health district would like to be able to call on law enforcement.
The ban, passed in November, prohibits smoking in nearly all places in the state, including grocery stores, restaurants and bars that serve food.
Casino floors, brothels and smoke parlors where tobacco products are sold are exempt. So are certain businesses with unrestricted gaming licenses.
Smokers who violate the act are subject to a $100 fine for each infraction. Businesses can be fined if they do not post ‘No Smoking’ signs and fail to remove ashtrays and smoking paraphernalia.
Michael Hackett, a spokesman for last year’s Question 5 campaign, said all of the difficulties with the law have occurred in Southern Nevada. In Northern Nevada, businesses and individuals are complying.
“There is a lot of creative interpretation going on in Southern Nevada,” he said. “The issues that are playing out down south, the ongoing litigation and this small group of establishments not trying to comply, we’re not having that in any other parts of the state.”
The Nevada Tavern Owners Association and other businesses that challenged the law have appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court the December decision by District Judge Douglas Herndon to uphold civil penalties for violators. They have until October to file their arguments for that appeal, Hackett said.
Still, Hackett said, the law’s proponents think the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act is self-explanatory and “self-enforcing.”
“When someone walks into a restaurant or a bar without a shirt or shoes, obviously they are not allowed in because of public health laws,” he said. “The smoking law was intended to be the same way. It’s a public health law, which means the owner or the manager should tell that person who is smoking to put out the cigarette or leave the business.”
Tracie Douglas, a spokeswoman for the Washoe County Health District, made similar comments. She seemed a little baffled by questions relating to individuals being cited for smoking in locations where it is banned.
“We’re not finding individuals smoking in the restaurants,” she said.
Asked what the Washoe County Health District would do if a health inspector caught someone smoking in a business where it wasn’t allowed, Douglas said, “We wouldn’t be put in that situation. The Police Department would take action on any individual.”
Douglas said Washoe health inspectors are not sent to handle individuals because they are unarmed.
“That’s the kind of situation where you don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way,” she said.
Minagil said fines collected from violators of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act go to a state education fund.
“The only thing we (the health district) get out of this is protection of the public’s health from toxic secondhand cigarette smoke,” he said.
Have Nevada bars given up the smoking habit? This is simply one more example of how poorly the original Question 5 was written and why no action should have yet been taken to enforce the smoking ban.
Have Nevada bars given up the smoking habit?
May 4, 2007
Six months ago, a majority of Nevada voters passed Question 5, the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act. It made substantial changes to Nevada’s smoking laws, but is it working? The Crime Tracker 3 Team went undercover to find out if local bars and restaurants are in compliance.
April 28, 2007
Authorities are preparing to crack down on violators of Nevada’s controversial smoking ban.
Looking in on Gaming: Smoking ban enforcement not board’s job
by Liz Benston
Colleen McCarty, Investigative Reporter
Health District drops plan to impose fines for smoking
Noncompliant businesses to get one more chance
March 16, 2007
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2007
Southern Nevada Health District to hold public workshops
Southern Nevada Health District
Ravenholt Public Health Center, Clemens Room
625 Shadow Lane, Las Vegas, Nev.
Southern Nevada Health District
Ravenholt Public Health Center, Clemens Room
625 Shadow Lane, Las Vegas, Nev.
Mesquite City Hall, Training Rooms A and B
10 East Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, Nev.
Regional Government Center, Rooms 1 and 2
101 Civic Way, Laughlin, Nev.
HEALTH DISTRICT: Smoking ban fee opposed
Proposal would add $600 on top of $100 civil penalty
By ANNETTE WELLS
The Southern Nevada Health District may be overstepping its authority if it tries to impose a $600 administrative fee on top of a $100 civil penalty on people who violate the state’s new smoking ban, attorneys for some Las Vegas Valley taverns said at a workshop Tuesday.
“I know why they jumped off this way,” attorney Bob Peccole said of the Health District. “They believe the minute they start talking $500, $600 and $1,000, they are going to force the owners to stop the smoking; but there is nothing in that statute that requires owners to do that. They’re (the Health District) trying to do that through their regulations.”