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October 23, 2014

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Lawmakers hear testimony on bill to ban smoking on college campuses

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CARSON CITY – A bill that would ban smoking on all university and community college campuses in Nevada ran into questioning from the Assembly Judiciary Committee today.

The measure, Assembly Bill 128, was sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Aizley, a retired UNLV professor, who told the committee, “I want to walk through a smoke-free campus.”

He was backed by health officials and some faculty members.

Assemblyman William Horne, D-Las Vegas, the chairman of the committee and a non-smoker, said he would “like to see some compromise.” He said most of the students were adults and could make their own decisions on smoking. He said there could be designated smoking areas.

Assemblyman Mark Sherwood, R-Las Vegas, questioned if there was another way the goal could be accomplished.

Aizley’s bill, as amended, would prohibit smoking on any property or campus owned or occupied by the Nevada System of Higher Education. It would be enforced by university police and the penalty would be a misdemeanor.

There were suggestions that smoking be allowed in parking lots or inside vehicles.

Jim Richardson, representing the Nevada Faculty Alliance, said a ban on smoking within 25 feet of a building wasn't being enforced. He told the committee he has had to go through “a cloud of smoke” when entering a building.

Health officials testified there were already 466 smoke-free university campuses in the nation and they cited the dangers of second-hand smoke.

The committee didn't take action.

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  1. enforce the current rules. how about you do that? If you are outdoors, you should be able to smoke.

  2. I'm a smoker and I think it's a good idea and sets an example for the students.

  3. @PGelsman

    I as a ex-smoker would like to thank you for your comment it is a honorable one I too felt the same way while I still had the habit, Most people have gotten to were they simply cannot disagree with someone with out demonizing the other side, I applaud you.

  4. Why is the LV trip any different then any other outdoor area? Non-Smoking Visitors to the LV Strip should not be subjected to second hand smoke any more than those of the Nevada Educational system.

    Get this: Smoking outdoors illegal, Prostitution legal. If Prostitution is legal, why can't they do it outdoors? Why should any legal activity be confined to indoors?

  5. Assemblyman Aizley should get off these trivial matters and get down to the Peoples' business on saving our economy. Jim Richardson's claim that he has to go through a "cloud of smoke" to get indoors is a typical exaggeration by people who want to take rights away from others. Why must Nevada ape the foolishness of California? All the hype about second-hand smoke killing "innocent by-standers" is just fallacious hyperbole by the anti-everything crowd designed to influence the minds of the gullible who can't think and reason for themselves.