September 2, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Cigarette vendors in Nevada would have
to post signs warning about the dangers of smoking while pregnant
if an Assembly bill passes.
Supporters of AB170 say the Surgeon General's warnings on cigarette packs are not enough to warn women that smoking can cause birth defects, low birth weight and premature birth.
Health care for a premature baby averages almost $50,000 in the
first year of life, compared with about $4,500 for a healthy baby.
That's according to the March of Dimes, an organization that raises
awareness about birth defects and supports the bill.
Some members of the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday raised concerns that requiring more signage would overburden retailers or clutter small stores.
Committee members will work on the bill more before taking a vote.