The State Health Board is delaying a decision to relax a statewide smoking ban in businesses that serve food. The change would allow restaurants to build partitions with separate ventilating systems to separate the smokers.
When the “Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006” took affect, many businesses had their butts kicked.
"Initially we did see our gaming revenues drop," Jody Clark, District Manager of Bully’s said. “A lot of bars and restaurants need that gaming revenue also, just to survive."
That’s when the “Smokin’ Bully’s” were created, and so far, it hasn’t left a bad taste in the mouth of patrons.
"After the ban went into effect,” Clark said, “we designed these smoking bars to counteract the ban, where we're making the smoking clientele and the people who wanted to come and eat smoke free."
And if the Board decides to loosen up or stub out the smoking ban, nothing will change for the Bully’s Corporation.
"It's been really well received on both ends,” Clark said. “So that's why we don't feel any change is necessary at this point."
Before the Board makes a decision, members want to hold workshops and get the public’s opinion on the matter. Again, the act bans smoking in restaurants, grocery stores, day cares and most other public buildings. However, bars and casinos are not included.