Breaking News from Cigar Rights of America – Nevada Sends a Message

Nevada Helps Send a Message to the Nation –
That Small Business Matters
Cigar Rights of America Commends 23 Members of the Nevada Assembly, 13 Members of the Nevada Senate and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval

By Glynn Loope, Executive Director
Cigar Rights of America It is now the biggest step forward in 2011 for property rights and small business in the nation, as it pertains to the use of perfectly legal tobacco products at the state level.

The Nevada legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval has now made law – and history – by allowing free-standing bars and taverns that wish to serve food, and allow for smoking, to do so. As long as they don’t allow for those under 21 to enter, small businesses that had suffered since the passage of the 2006 statewide smoking ban can now begin growing, again.

Small businesses like that owned by Jimmy and Stephanie Minchey that bought a bar and grill in 2006. It came with a full kitchen, walk-in cooler and freezer. There was room for a full kitchen staff. When the Minchey’s bought Five Star Tavern, it was doing $30,000 in food sales per month.


After the smoking ban took effect, business dropped by 90%. They cut staff. Lost jobs for Nevada . Lost revenue for everyone. The Minchey’s, which own three establishments, now intend to spend $10,000 per location, and hire back four to six employees. Owner Jimmy Minchey noted, “We’ll be able to make offers to those employees immediately.”

The process began on May 20 with the introduction of AB 571 from the Assembly Ways & Means Committee. It was advanced by the committee in the closing moments of the 2011 legislative session. Making it through the committee process, then by the full Assembly and Senate, it was signed by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on June 17. It’s a great lesson and model for others seeking to advance the interests of small business, economic growth, and property rights.

Cigar Rights of America commends the diligence of the Nevada Tavern Owners Association and the Nevada Resorts Association in their efforts with the Nevada legislature. It proves that coalitions matter, and that non-tobacco enterprises have a vested interest in these debates.

We also express our sincere appreciation for the leadership and stand of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. We fully realize the pressure our nation’s governors are under to bow to the interests in the nanny-state, but Governor Sandoval exercised great courage in signing AB 571. Thank you, Governor.

Legislative Voting Report (How They Voted):

Nevada Assembly
Nevada Senate

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One response to “Breaking News from Cigar Rights of America – Nevada Sends a Message

  1. I live in Nevada and I am not a smoker, but I do think that bars, smoking and gambling go hand in hand in NV. This will definitely help this industry.