Smoking and Vaping Banned in Clark County, Nevada: What You Need to Know

The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act is in place to protect the citizens of Clark County from the dangers of second-hand smoke and second-hand aerosol from e-vaping products in most enclosed public places and indoor workplaces. All indoor areas of restaurants must be free of smoking and vaping, while smoking and using electronic vaping products are still allowed in outdoor areas. Independent bars, taverns and lounges where customers under 21 years of age are not allowed to enter may also permit smoking and the use of electronic vaping products. Private office employees are prohibited from smoking and using electronic vaping products in their office or anywhere in the building.

Second-Hand Smoke

Second-hand smoke is a combination of the smoke that comes out of the burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe and the smoke that smokers exhale.

This type of smoke can be hazardous to those who are exposed to it, as 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. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, many of which are known to cause cancer in humans. The amount of damage caused by exposure depends on the total time spent in the environment and the amount of smoke in that airspace.

NRS § 202.2483

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. 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 in violation of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act and may be subject to applicable penalties.

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