The fate of Nebraska cigar bars is now in the hands of the
governor after lawmakers approved a bill to once again allow smoking in the
Senators passed the bill Friday 45-3 in response to a
Nebraska Supreme Court ruling. The court struck down a 2009 law last year that
allowed smoking in cigar bars and shops.
The measure by Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill makes clear that
state lawmakers intended to create a legal exemption for those establishments
so they could continue to operate.
Gov. Pete Ricketts has five days to sign the bill.
Smoking is harmful to both smokers and nonsmokers who are
exposed to the smoke. Smoking has negative health impacts on people at all
stages of life. It harms unborn babies, infants, children, adolescents, adults
Several studies have shown that the various carcinogens in
the cigarette smoke cause cancer. The chances of smokers being affected by
cancer are very high. Cancers are most likely to occur in organs like lungs and
oral cavity, which come into direct, contact with smoke.