1. Pass comprehensive smokefree laws at the local level;
2. Increase funding for the state's tobacco prevention and control program; and
3. Protect and expand the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act.
The American Lung Association in Nevada along with partners from the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition continued to lead state and local tobacco control initiatives. Priorities of the Coalition continue to center around expansion of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act and proper funding for the state's tobacco prevention and control program.
There was no state legislative session in Nevada in 2016, so the American Lung Association in Nevada continued its work on local smokefree workplace initiative in Mesquite, Nevada. A recent poll conducted showed that 61 percent of registered voters in Mesquite favored a local ordinance requiring 100 percent smokefree air in all workplaces, including bars and casinos, with half (50%) strongly favoring such a policy to protect all workers. Additionally, 58 percent said they are more likely to patronize bars and casinos if they are smokefree. However, no action was taken by the Mesquite city council to pass a smokefree ordinance in 2016.
Funding for the state's tobacco prevention and cessation program was again $1 million, as appropriated in the two-year state budget passed in 2015. The Lung Association will look for opportunities to increase this funding amount during the next state legislative session in 2017.
The American Lung Association in Nevada continued to build support and political will throughout the community in order to advance comprehensive smokefree protections at the local level. Our efforts in Mesquite will continue to be a priority.