Nevada's Smoking Ban: Wounding a Sacred Cow

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(Reno, NV)
Thursday, November 16, 2006

Keystone Cue and Cushion has an extensive menu, a 30 stool bar, and 10 full sized pool tables.  Micky Peel has owned and operated the Reno landmark since 1958 and says smoking has always been allowed.  But Peel is a reformed smoker and is glad the law has passed. 
You know everybody tells you its going to hurt your business; I don’t think its going to hurt my business … ‘cause there’s so many people any more that don’t like cigarettes that will come in because there is no more smoking … I have a patio out in back … if they want to go out in back and smoke, they can go out back and smoke.
Nevada voters approved the Clean Indoor Air Act by a margin of 54 to 46 percent.  Part of the reason for the ballot measure’s success is that casinos are exempt from the ban.  Nevada leads the nation in smoking related deaths.

Brian Bahouth KXJZ News