Nearly Every Reno Business Complies With Smoking Ban

RENO (AP) - Unlike their counterparts in Las Vegas, nearly every Reno-area business owner is complying with a statewide smoking ban that took effect in December 2006.

That's the word from Washoe District Health Department officials, who report a 98 percent compliance rate and fewer than 10 establishments that have caused trouble.

Officials say the're in the process of initiating criminal action against a few establishments, including sports bars.

Scores of establishments around Las Vegas continue to ignore the law, known as the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act.

Approved by Nevada voters, it bans smoking at restaurants, bars that serve food, and around slot machines at supermarkets, gas stations and convenience stores. The law does not apply to the gambling floors of casinos.

Over the last 18 months, 4,022 complaints have been made to the Southern Nevada Health District.

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