Cigar Bar Exemption Measure Gains Steam in Nebraska

The bill that would bring legal smoking back to Nebraska cigar bars looks to be gaining traction as it passed a committee vote yesterday and will now go before the entire legislative body for approval.

The Nebraska General Affairs Committee voted 8 to 7 to pass LB 118, a bill that includes language that would carve out an exemption status for cigar bars and once again allow smoking inside such establishments. It amends the state's Clean Indoor Air Act that was passed in 2008 and took effect in 2009.

Legal smoking inside cigar bars has become a hot-button issue ever since the Nebraska Supreme Court banned lighting up inside such establishments last year. While there were efforts to reverse the court's decision, ultimately the court remained steadfast and the smoking ban was passed.

LB 118 is sponsored by the Cigar Association of America, the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers association, and is supported by the Cigar Rights of America.

To read more about the Nebraska cigar exemption bill, read Nebraska Bill Reinstates Cigar Bar Exemptions.