Sandoval OKs Nevada Bill Allowing Food in Smoking Bars

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Bar patrons will soon be able to enjoy a cigarette with their meal while eating out in Nevada.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a measure Friday allowing
food service in adults-only bars and taverns.

The law also allows smoking and eating within family restaurants if the smoking area is physically enclosed.

A 2006 voter-approved ban on indoor smoking has prohibited taverns that allow smoking to serve food.

Proponents say lifting the ban helps taverns hurting financially because of the economic downturn. They also say it makes sense to
allow food in places where people are drinking.

But representatives from the American Cancer Society and the Nevada State Medical Association say the measure expands the law
beyond what voters intended.

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