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Pioneer restaurant still smoking

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Pioneer restaurant still smoking

just back from Laughlin and was really suprised to find that the Pioneer appears to be ignoring the no smokinkg policy for restaurants. The original non smoking area was jam packed with tables so close togeather I thought I was back in France.

The smoking section however was virtully empty with only three tables used.Although only 3 tables with smokers they made enough pollution to ensure that we did not frequent the resaurant again. All the resaurants in Laughlin are compliing with the law

why is the pioneer allowed to flaunt it.???

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i would have sat in the smoking section(non-smoker) and you should have asked amanager why they were allowing smoking

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The smoking law was delayed and has not gone into effect yet.

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it has gone into effect here in vegas

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Most will not enforce until the court battle is complete. Even then, many I have talked to say they will just noncomply and pay the fines.

Jan 16, 2007 05:49 PM PST

Challenges to Enforcing Nevada's Smoking Ban

As the Southern Nevada Health District moves forward with enforcing the new smoking ban, taverns and restaurants are heading back to court to have the law overturned.

It's the second installment of what is expected to be a long court challenge, which could delay enforcement of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act passed last November.

The health district plans to start within the next 30 days. And while SNHD is working on enforcement, taverns and restaurants that sued for an injunction to stop the new law will go back to court.

What Clark County now has is a battle of giants with smokers caught in between.

In December a District Court judge ruled the criminal penalties in the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act were too vague and could not be enforced. In the same order he ruled the smokers, not the business could be fined. Now, a new hearing has been scheduled to look at the constitutionality of the law.

Still, the health department will move forward sending out guidelines to businesses this week outlining where people can smoke.

"When people call in we are telling people should be complying right now. We have been doing enforcement activities and we will just be stepping those up," said Jennifer Sizemore, Southern Nevada Health District.

Any ticket for smoking would cost $100.

Sizemore says that does not mean the business gets a pass. She says the health department has heard many taverns plan to look the other way when it comes to making their business non-smoking.

"We do regulate these businesses so we can look at making sure they are upholding Nevada state law," Sizemore stated.

Sources in the health district say the county agency may add language in their licensing requiring businesses to quote, uphold all Nevada laws. That would be a way to fine the business for smoking violations without using the actual smoking law.

All of the preparations may be moot depending on the outcome of the next hearing.

The taverns and restaurants involved in the lawsuit declined to comment, but some of the businesses are taking a wait and see attitude.

Over the phone some of the owners Eyewitness News spoke to say they are not changing anything related to smoking until the hearing on Tuesday.

Once the Southern Nevada Health District sends out the new anti-smoking guidelines, it will be posted on their Web site. The health district also plans an online complaint form.

Any business with a lot of complaints will first get a warning letter. Inspectors will then visit the business to see if people are smoking.

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When people call in we are telling people should be complying right now. We have been doing enforcement activities and we will just be stepping those up," said Jennifer Sizemore, Southern Nevada Health District.

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I can name at least 10 places here that are not complying . The law is in effect but no one is enforcing it.They say its still tied up in court or they are waiting for verification.Riverside casino and some of the big places are enforcing it already. I doubt if some of the smaller bars and restaurants will ever comply. There is so much graft in this town its not funny.

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thought that one over........ 5 places i know are not complying

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As a businessman, I would certainly pay the fine as opposed to losing customers who will provide me with much more revenue than that.

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Griff you don't strike me as a law breaker

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Only because I am not a businessman. ha, ha

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