Action on NV smoking measure delayed
RENO, Nev. (AP) – A state panel today delayed action on proposed regulations that anti-smoking groups say would violate a voter-approved ban on smoking in restaurants.
The Health Board decided to hold public workshops before taking action later this year.
At issue is a proposal that would allow a restaurant to create a physically segregated area with a separate ventilation system where smoking would be allowed.
Supporters of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 say the regulatory change would circumvent the will of voters.
The act banned smoking in restaurants, grocery stores, bars and most other public buildings in Nevada, but not in stand-alone bars and casino resorts.
Restaurant and bar owners seeking the changes say the smoking ban has hurt business.