When voters passed the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act in 2006, we celebrated the landmark event because it created healthier places for Nevada residents and visitors to work and play. The law declared most workplaces to be smoke-free, including grocery stores, restaurants and bars that serve food. Since that historic day, the tobacco industry and opponents of the law have continued their efforts to weaken the health protections the law provides. In fact, a new exemption was pushed through without public input on the last day of the 2009 legislative session.
Recently CBS News highlighted Nevada as one of the nine worst states for nonsmokers to live because of our weakened clean indoor air law. Hundreds of advocates like you worked hard to ensure the smoke-free law was passed and have enjoyed breathing cleaner, healthier air in workplaces and restaurants. Now there are additional threats to the law this legislative session, and your help is urgently needed once again!
As you may be aware, the Clark County Commission recently took action that redefined bars, taverns and restaurants. Some opponents of the law have made it clear they want the Legislature to take action to expand those places across the state where smoking will be allowed.
As the U.S. Surgeon General declared back in 2006, there is no safe level of exposure to toxic, cancer-causing secondhand smoke. Nevada legislators must continue to protect the health of Nevada workers and families by standing firm on those protections already in place.
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