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Ensuring Community Rights
To Pass Smokefree Ordinances

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Any Preemption


"The immediate implications for our business are clear: if our consumers have fewer opportunities to enjoy our products, they will use them less frequently and the result will be an adverse impact on our bottom line. Even more important, accommodation / preemption laws shape the real-world environment in which our customers and their non-smoking friends and associates live every day. If smokers are banished to doorways and loading docks in front of buildings, it makes smokers feel like outcasts and gives encouragement to the antis. On the other hand, if we live in a society that accommodates smokers and non-smokers alike, it sends the message that smoking is a viable life-style choice and an adult's decision to use a legal product should be respected."

Tina Walls
Philip Morris (PM)


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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