Nevada Smoking Ban Excluding Food Service, Question 4 (2006)

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The Nevada Smoking Ban Excluding Food Service Question, also known as Question 4 or Responsibly Protect Nevadans From Second-Hand Smoke, was an initiated state statute on the November 7, 2006 ballot in Nevada, where it was defeated.

Election results

Question 4 (Second-Hand Smoke Act)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No298,98752.02%
Yes 275,720 47.98%

Official results via: Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau - Research Division

Text of measure

The question as it appeared on the ballot:

Shall Chapter 202 of the Nevada Revised Statutes be amended in order to prohibit smoking tobacco in certain public places, except all areas of casinos, gaming areas within establishments holding gaming licenses, bars and certain other locations?[1]

The language that appeared in the voter's guide:

EXPLANATION
The proposed amendment, if passed, would prohibit smoking tobacco at the following locations: certain indoor restaurants; certain child care facilities; elementary, secondary and high school property; hospitals and medical offices; theaters and concert halls; video arcades; government buildings; all areas within grocery stores, drug stores and convenience stores except the gaming areas; and museums, galleries, and other places of public display.
Smoking tobacco would continue to be allowed at the following locations: casinos or facilities with an unrestricted gaming license; bars, taverns, saloons; restaurants where persons under the age of 21 are not allowed; strip clubs and brothels; retail tobacco stores; private residences, including, hotel and motel rooms, and private residences that are used as office workplaces; and gaming areas within grocery stores, drug stores, convenience stores and any other businesses that hold a Nevada gaming license.
The proposed amendment would also provide that only the Nevada Legislature may regulate the smoking of tobacco.
The proposed amendment would also require "no smoking" signs to be conspicuously posted at locations where smoking tobacco is prohibited.[1]

Path to the ballot

Question 4 was a response initiative to the smoking ban initiative that would become Question 5. Question 4 hoped to propose a ban that would be less-restrictive than its counterpart, namely by allowing smoking in bars and other such venues that serve food but also contain gambling alcoves. Both proposals offered exemptions to casinos. It was stated that if both initiatives where approved by voters, the one which garnered the most votes would be taken into effect.[2]

The signature-gathering drive to qualify the Responsibly Protect Nevadans From Second-Hand Smoke petition for the ballot was conducted in the fall of 2004 by Bader & Associates, Inc., a petition management company owned by Tom Bader and Joy Bader.

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