Smoking in Clark County Nevada: What You Need to Know

Smoking is strictly prohibited in, near, or next to any entrance or exit of a public building in Clark County Nevada. This includes buildings that are owned or leased by the State. It is the responsibility of the owner, manager, operator, or other person in charge of an area open to the public or workplace to comply with the law on smoking in public places and with chapter 24.20 of the Clark County Code. The Clark County Department of Public Health will enforce the law on smoking in public places and the Clark County Code 24.20 for businesses, including bars and restaurants.

Local law enforcement agencies will continue to be responsible for people who break the law. If you see customers, employees, or visitors smoking or vaping, you or your staff should tell them not to smoke or vape indoors. The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act has reduced the exposure that many Nevadans are exposed to in the workplace, but there are still many people who work in casinos and other exempt locations and who suffer daily exposure to second-hand smoke. A CDC study found that 99% of non-smokers had measurable amounts of cotinine (a chemical that the body metabolizes from nicotine) in their bodies. Secondhand smoke, also known as ambient tobacco smoke, is a combination of smoke from the end that a cigarette burns and the smoke that smokers breathe out. The Smoking in Public Places Act (RCW 70,160) is a state law that prohibits smoking in public places and workplaces to protect employees and the public from second-hand smoke.

Employers cannot require employees to work in or within 25 feet of designated outdoor areas for smoking or vaping. Even if an establishment allows you to smoke or use electronic products to vape in an area where smoking or vaping is prohibited, it is still a violation of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act and may be subject to applicable penalties. NRS § 202.2483 is the Nevada law that makes it a misdemeanor crime to smoke in many indoor public spaces, including areas of casinos where gambling is not allowed. Secondhand smoke, also called ambient tobacco smoke, is a combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe and the smoke that smokers exhale. Smoking and vaping are still allowed in these areas; however, the casino operator may designate separate rooms or areas within the establishment as non-smoking or non-vaping zones.

The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act protects children and adults from second-hand cigarette smoke and second-hand aerosol from e-vaping products in most enclosed public places and indoor workplaces. If you don't comply with the law, an employee or member of the public can report the violation to Clark County Public Health, which will alert you to the reported violation. Secondhand smoke is a combination of smoke exhaled by a smoker and smoke from a burning cigarette. Secondhand smoke contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among non-smoking adults and 400 infants each year in the United States.

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