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"Any state-level tobacco control legislation should contain language expressly allowing local government authority to take stronger measures if necessary. Local control should be viewed as a public health tool to be protected and encouraged."

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Nebraska's workplaces are 100% Smokefree!

As of June 1, 2009, all workplaces, restaurants, bars and gaming venues in Nebraska are 100% smokefree. The Nebraska Legislature adopted the strong law in February 2008, and this statewide success followed the enactment of 100% smokefree laws in Lincoln and Omaha over the past few years. Read Nebraska's smokefree law.

An exemption added to the law allows cigar smoking (not cigarette smoking) in cigar bars that generate more that 10% of their revenue from cigar-related sales. Unfortunately, this exemption law is also preemptive and prohibits local governments from closing this loophole to make cigar bars smokefree.

To learn more about the law, visit Smokefree Nebraska.
To file a complaint, call at 1-877-633-733, or email, or contact your local health department.

Nebraska law does not preempt the passage of most local smokefree laws, however communities are preempted from adopting smokefree laws for cigar bars. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Nebraska.

Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.

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