State report: Most Nebraskans support smoking ban

Chief medical officer Joann Schaefer says Nebraskans recognize the harm of cigarette smoke and support the state’s recent ban on smoking in most public places.

Her comments came earlier this month as the state Department of Health and Human Services released a report detailing reaction to the ban.

The report says more than 80 percent of Nebraskans surveyed said they believe the law is important, while more than 85 percent said bars and restaurants are healthier under the ban.

The state also reports that it received 108 complaints about violations of the ban in its first six moths.

The ban went into effect June 1. Cigar bars, some hotel rooms, tobacco-only retailers, facilities that research the health effects of smoking and private homes are exempt.

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