Clark County, Nevada has a Smoke Management Program in place to protect the public from second-hand smoke. This program outlines the requirements for ventilation systems in businesses where smoking is allowed. It also provides information on permit requirements for land managers who use prescribed fires and wildfires as a land management tool, as well as air quality monitoring and methods of reducing emissions. Cigarette smoking is prohibited in public places and workplaces in Clark County, according to the Smoking in Public Places Act (RCW 70,160).
This law is enforced by the Clark County Department of Public Health. Businesses that don't comply with the law can be reported to the department, which will alert them to the violation. Employers are also not allowed to require employees to work in or within 25 feet of designated outdoor areas for smoking or vaping. In addition to cigarettes, other forms of tobacco such as cigars, pipes, and hookahs are also popular. While these products don't produce smoke like cigarettes do, they still contain nicotine, tar, and other hazardous substances.
The Clark County Code 24.20 prohibits the sale of inhalant delivery systems to children under 18 years of age and prohibits their use when Washington law on smoking in public places prohibits smoking. Light cigarettes are often used as an alternative to regular cigarettes. However, these cigarettes were tested on smoking machines that don't smoke cigarettes the way people do. The filter ventilation holes dilute cigarette smoke with air when the smoking machine inflates the filter, resulting in a falsely low measurement of tar and nicotine levels. Businesses that allow customers to smoke must provide adequate ventilation systems to ensure that second-hand smoke does not affect other customers or employees. The Smoke Management Program Plan details the applicability of the program and the responsibilities of affected parties.
It is important for businesses to understand these requirements and comply with them in order to protect their customers and employees from second-hand smoke.