Las Vegas Bar Draws First Lawsuit Over Nevada Smoking Ban

Nevada has its first lawsuit over enforcement of the voter-approved anti-smoking law.

The Southern Nevada Health District is suing the corporate owner of Bilbo's Bar and Grill in Las Vegas for not removing ash trays.

The district says that's a violation of the smoking ban approved by voters in November and allowed by a judge in January.

A lawyer for the bar and its corporate owner -- Three B's Incorporated -- says he welcomes the chance to challenge what he
calls a confusing, vague and unconstitutionally flawed law.

He says the government should keep its nose out of the bar business.

The health district is asking a Clark County District Court judge to fine Bilbo's 100 dollars for each of two smokers observed smoking in the bar on April 12th.

It also seeks an order for the business to comply with the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act.

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