2020 UPDATE: E-cigarettes and vaping is now illegal in malls, restaurants, child care facilities, theaters, arcades, and bars where children are allowed. But they remain legal in certain casinos areas, stand-alone bars where children are disallowed, brothels, tobacco stores, strip clubs, and convention floors at tobacco-related trade shows.
Currently, it is legal to smoke electronic cigarettes anywhere in Nevada. But property and business owners have the authority to ban it from the premises. For example, it is usually prohibited in hospitals and schools.
Electronic cigarettes go by many names, such as:
- electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), or
- personal vaporizers (PV)
E-cigarettes are a way to mimic tobacco smoking without the tobacco. E-cigarettes are battery-powered and emit a mist as opposed to smoke. Smoking an e-cigarette is called “vaping.” E-cigarettes are relatively new, so there is little information about their addictive qualities, if any.
Currently, the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act bans tobacco smoking in most indoor spaces, including restaurants, stores, and child care facilities. Tobacco smoking is typically still permitted in casinos, strip clubs, bars, and the outdoor areas of restaurants. The penalty for violating Nevada’s Clean Indoor Air Act is up to 6 months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines as well as $100 in civil fines. Learn more about the Nevada crime of smoking indoors.
See our related article, What is the Nevada smoking age?