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Smoking And Gambling Hard Habit To Break In Nevada

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Smoking, drinking and gambling are together part of the culture that is Las Vegas.

Let’s set the scene.

Thousands of tourists land in Las Vegas every day. And like clockwork, they check in, grab a drink, maybe throw a 20 into a slot and light up a cigarette

Walk into any bar in Las Vegas, for that matter, and a cloud of smoke will likely greet you.

Smoking is part of the Vegas scene and, arguably, one of the little vices people enjoy as part of their experience here.

In 2011, lawmakers eased some restrictions on the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act. The change age-restricted taverns, saloons and bars to serve food while customers smoke. Tavern owners were happy, anti-smokers were not.

In addition, earlier this month, Nevada received three failing grades in the American Lung Association’s annual State of Tobacco Control report. We received an F in Tobacco Prevention Program Funding; an F in Tobacco Taxes; and an F for Access to Tobacco Cessation Treatments.

So what would it take to get Nevada's casinos to go smoke free? 

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Chris Sieroty, producer, KNPR 

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