NE Judge Denies Request To Suspend Smoking Ban

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Lancaster County judge has denied an Omaha pool hall's request to suspend a state law that bans smoking in most indoor places.

District Judge Jodi Nelson ruled this week on the injunction request filed last month by Big John's Billiards. But Nelson hasn't yet addressed the pool hall's request to throw out the law altogether.

An attorney for Big John's argues the law is unconstitutional and calls its exemptions arbitrary.

The Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect June 1. It bans smoking inside all public buildings and private businesses, but offers exemptions for some hotel rooms, tobacco-only retailers, private homes and facilities that do research on the health effects of smoking.

An exemption for cigar bars takes effect in September.

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