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Smoking Ban Supporters: Law Isn't "Smoking Out" Nevada Jobs

June 25, 2007

Nevada's jobless rate topped the national average last week -- and some are pointing fingers at Nevada's Clean Indoor Air Act as one of the culprits. Today supporters of the law say it is way too early to pass judgment.

The Nevada Department of Employment says a 7 percent increase in jobless claims by food service workers in May "could be linked to the smoking ban." Julie Wedge with the American Cancer Society says it's very questionable link, and that there is very little data to work with because the Clean Indoor Air Act is only 6 months old.

“It's absolutely far too early to show anything one way or the other, but we do know laws that have been passed in other states have been proven to be business friendly.”

Washoe is the only county reporting on compliance with the Clean Indoor Air Act, and with 91 percent of businesses following the law, the jobless rate actually went down very slightly in the second quarter -- by one-tenth of 1 percent compared to the first quarter of the year.

Wedge adds that Nevadans should look closely at all the factors that affect the jobless rate.

“The prime reason for increased unemployment rate is the housing market. Thirty-nine states had a rise in the second quarter in unemployment, this is not state specific to Nevada.”

Wedge believes the law is doing what it was intended to do -- protect health and prevent disease.

“This is absolutely first and foremost a health issue. Tobacco use and the diseases caused by second hand smoke continue to be the leading cause of preventable deaths.”

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NV