Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and in Nevada. To address this enormous toll, the American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by Nevada's elected officials:
- Protect and expand the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act;
- Increase funding for the state's tobacco prevention and control program; and
- Increase the tax on tobacco products by $1.00 per pack or more.
The Nevada legislature only meets in odd number of years, so in 2018 the American Lung Association in Nevada continued its work on the 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.
During 2018, an attempt was made by the local tobacco prevention coalition in Mesquite to put a ballot measure before the city's voters that would have prohibited smoking in all public places and workplaces in the city, including bars and casinos as well as some outdoor areas. Unfortunately, the language of the ballot measure was challenged in court, and a local judge prevented the measure from being put before voters.
Moving forward in 2019, the American Lung Association in Nevada will continue to build support and political will in order to advance comprehensive smokefree protections at the local level. The Lung Association will also look to increase the price of tobacco products and raise the sale age on tobacco products to 21
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