The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act (NCIAA) was passed by a majority of Nevada voters November 7, 2006. It took effect December 8, 2006.
The passage of the Act provided for major changes to Nevada’s smoking laws to protect children and adults from secondhand smoke in most public places and indoor places of employment. It also allows local (city/ county/town) governments in Nevada to enact smoking laws within their jurisdictions even stronger than the state law.
During the 2009 and 2011 legislative sessions, lawmakers weakened the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act by allowing additional exemptions to those outlined in the original voter-approved language in 2006. In 2009, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 372, allowing smoking in areas of convention centers during tobacco-related trade shows, under certain conditions. Then in 2011, they passed Assembly Bill 571, permitting stand-alone bars, taverns, and saloons in which minors under 21 years of age are prohibited from entering, to allow smoking.
Under the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, smoking tobacco is prohibited in most public places and indoor places of employment including, but not limited to, the following:
- Public and private school buildings and on public and private school grounds
- Child care facilities with five or more children
- All areas of grocery stores, convenience stores, and drug stores (including gaming areas)
- All indoor areas within restaurants, including those in casinos or gaming establishments
- Bars, taverns, and saloons that allow minors under the age of 21 to enter
- Shopping malls and retail establishments
- Video arcades
- Government buildings and public places
- Movie theaters
Under the provisions of the Act, the person in control of any of the above facilities must post signs banning smoking in their establishment and remove all smoking paraphernalia (e.g., ashtrays).
Due to the exemptions in the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, smoking is still allowed in the following places:
- Gaming areas of casinos where loitering by minors is restricted by law
- Completely enclosed areas with stand-alone bars, taverns, and saloons in which patrons under 21 years of age are prohibited from entering
- Strip clubs or brothels
- Retail tobacco stores
- Areas of convention facilities during tobacco-related trade shows, that are closed to the public
- Private residences, including those used as an office workplace except if it is used as a child care or health care facility
The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act does not apply to gaming areas of casinos, but does apply in all other areas. Smoking is still allowed on the gaming floor of casinos, where, by law, children are prevented from loitering. However, the operator of these facilities can designate separate rooms or areas on or within the gaming floor as non-smoking. For example, many casinos now voluntarily offer smoke-free poker rooms.
On the other hand, smoking is not allowed in other areas of casino facilities, especially those where children are allowed, including restaurants, bars that allow minors, convention facilities (except those used for tobacco-related trade shows, that meet certain conditions), hallways, bathrooms, elevators, employee break rooms, movie theaters, video arcades, etc.
For more information on the smoking and tobacco laws in Nevada, refer to Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 202.2483.
To report a violation of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, please use the following online complaint forms or phone numbers:
Clark County or (702) 759-1990.
Washoe County or (775) 328-2434.