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Cancer society sues convention authority over smoking measure

Publication Date: 12/21/2009
  • Author:VALERIE MILLER
  • Publication:Las Vegas Review-Journal

The American Cancer Society is suing the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and claiming a recently passed measure allowing smoking in some convention areas violates the Nevada Constitution.

The society's Great West Division and its Cancer Action Network filed the complaint against the convention authority, Nevada State Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and public health officials over a revision to the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act. The measure, which was added to the anti-stalking bill Assembly Bill 309 in the closing hours of the last legislative session, violates the state constitution's single-subject rule, the society claims...

The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act is now amended by AB 309 to allow smoking at tobacco conventions. One of the most prominent of those conventions is the Tobacco Plus Expo, scheduled for March at the Las Vegas Convention Center.