Nevada's Smoking Ban: Wounding a Sacred Cow
Beginning December 8th, smoking will be banned in Nevada bars that serve food. The owners of small pubs and restaurants are unsure of what lies ahead in a state where smoking, drinking and gambling are popular traditions …
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