The passage of the NCIAA did more than increase the number of places that are smoke-free. It also removed preemption from the state law. Cities, counties and town governments can now pass local laws about smoking that are stronger than the state law. As a result, multiple cities in Nevada have actively worked to strengthen the state law by expanding protections to all employees in their own jurisdictions.
The exemptions in the current state law leave thousands of employees and patrons in nightclubs, casinos, and some bars still breathing the toxins and cancer-causing chemicals in secondhand smoke. According to the U.S. Surgeon General there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and ventilation systems do not address the health hazards of secondhand smoke.
Currently, Smoke Free Truckee Meadows is an effort to ensure smoke-free air for all indoor workplaces in the Truckee Meadows jurisdictions of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. Renown Health and the Washoe County Health District provided funding to support the initiative, and nearly two dozen local, state and national partners and businesses have signed on in support. Visit https://www.change.org/Go-Smoke-Free-Truckee-Meadows to sign a petition in support of comprehensive clean indoor air in the Truckee Meadows. Or, contact your Truckee Meadows lawmaker here.
Healthy Living Douglas County and Smoke Free Clean Clear Tahoe
Through its ANCHOR program, the American Heart Association is building community alliances through the Healthy Living Douglas County and the Smoke Free Clean Clear Tahoe campaigns to help protect Douglas County residents and visitors from environmental tobacco smoke. Healthy Living Douglas County is focusing on achieving a tobacco-free campus at Western Nevada College and increasing the number of smoke free parks and trails in Douglas County. Smoke Free Clean Clear Tahoe is working to secure smoke free beaches at Lake Tahoe, working to protect forests from fire, and helping keep the trails, parks, and beaches free from cigarette butt litter.
Healthy Living Incline Village
Building off of previous work by the American Heart Association and other community partners, the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition’s Northern Nevada Action Committee provides support to Incline Village community efforts to increase smoke-free indoor spaces and outdoor public places. These efforts have led to increased community awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure indoors and outdoors, and the Incline Village General Improvement District adopting a smoke-free policy for public beaches, trails, and parks. If you are interested in joining the Northern Nevada Action Committee and/ or being part of the efforts in Incline Village, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act.
Please contact Nicole Chacon for information on becoming involved in any of these coalitions or efforts to make other local jurisdictions in Nevada smoke-free.