"It's barely controlled chaos [at the local level]. We can't be everywhere at once. I give the anti-smoking people credit for their vision in that area."Walker Merryman
Vice President, Tobacco Institute
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.
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.
Nebraska's 2018 Legislative Session: January 3 - April 18
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- 2/4/2015Cigar bar bill advances in Legislature
- 1/28/2015Bill to restore smoking in Nebraska cigar bars makes it out of committee
- 1/12/2015Nebraska senator introduces bill to exempt cigar bars from Clean Air Act
- 1/5/2015Nebraska cigar bars must go smoke-free when new liquor licenses arrive; senator plans new proposal
- 12/16/2014Smoking continues as lawyers squabble in cigar bar case
- 9/26/2014Cigar bars owners get one more shot to argue against ban
- 8/29/2014Supreme Court strikes down cigar bar exemption to smoking ban
- 9/16/2013Judge dismisses Omaha pool hall's smoking ban lawsuit
- 2/4/2011High court will hear appeal on Nebraska smoking ban exceptions
- 1/28/2011Despite appeal, attorney says questions remain on smoking ban
- 1/27/2011State appeals judge's ruling nixing smoking ban exceptions
- 1/13/2011Proposed smoking bill makes sense
- 5/28/2010Nebraska Smoking Ban Approaches First Anniversary
- 4/18/2010What Ever Happened Since the Smoking Ban
- 2/5/2010State Preemption of Local Smoke-Free Laws in Government Work Sites, Private Work Sites, and Restaurants United States, 2005-2009
- 10/8/2009Pool hall renews challenge of Neb. smoking ban
- 8/6/2009Judge considers smoking challenge
- 5/31/2009State smoking ban begins Monday
- 5/25/2009Nebraska Set To Become 16th State To Go Smoke Free
- 5/2/2009State law to snuff smoking
- 4/23/2009Gov. signs cigar-bar exemption to Neb. smoking ban
- 4/16/2009Cigar bar bill OK, Bruning opinion says
- 4/8/2009American Cancer Society says smoking ban exemption would be unconstitutional
- 4/8/2009Former justice: Cigar bar bill would be found unconstitutional
- 4/6/2009Smoking bill limits cigar bars to stogies
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- 2/11/2009Nebraska smoking ban stays; opt-out plan killed
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- 2/26/2008Heineman signs smoking ban
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