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Anti-smoking acts supported, poll says

Publication Date: 9/17/2006
  • Author:Guy Clifton
  • Publication:Reno Gazette-Journal

A Reno Gazette-Journal/KRNV News 4 poll of 600 likely voters found better than 2-to-1 support for the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act initiative.

Overall, 66 percent of voters surveyed were in favor of the initiative, Question 5 on the ballot, while 21 percent were opposed and 13 percent were undecided.

Question 5 would outlaw smoking in all restaurants, including those in casinos and in any bar that serves meals. It also would prohibit smoking in convenience and grocery stores, as well as malls, schools and day care centers. Smoking would be permitted in gaming areas of casinos.

Respondents also supported Question 4, the Responsibly Protect Nevadans From Second-Hand Smoke Act.

The poll found 61 percent of likely voters in favor of the initiative, which would restrict smoking in areas of bars and restaurants where children are allowed, but would allow smoking in gaming areas of grocery and convenience stores, as well as designated areas of bars and restaurants.

Thirty percent of voters in the poll were opposed to Question 4, and 9 percent were undecided.

Whichever initiative passes by the largest majority will become law.