Smoking Regulations Up in Smoke?

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When the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act passed, it meant bars had to decide whether to allow smoking, or serve food. Now an advocacy organization says regulations being considered would permit restaurants to create a bar with smoking, and a restaurant where it's banned.

"If it's done right if they have the right curtains and air filters to pull the smoke out of the air I think it could work fine," a Reno resident said.

"I've never been an advocate of smoking in restaurants even if there's a smoking section you can still have the smoke drift over to you." Lynn Kline of Reno said.

The regulations would require a bar and restaurant to be physically segregated, but it's not clear if that means smokers will be lighting up in the same building as diners.
While the smoking ban, has meant several years of clean air in restaurants, there are still concerns about it's impact on businesses.

The hearing is scheduled for Friday, June 18 at 9 AM at the Grant Sawyer Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Room 4412 in Las Vegas and at the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Room 2134 in Carson City. Board members will be at each location. The hearing is open to the public.