The Extra Mile Award recognizes local businesses for going above and beyond the requirements set forth in the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act (NCIAA) making the conscious decision to go smoke-free when the law does not require them to. 

The Hospitality Hero Award recognizes businesses that have to comply with the NCIAA for exemplifying a growing movement to increase smoke-free hospitality venues.  The demand for non-smoking venues in our city is increasing; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly 83% of U.S. adults do not smoke. Here in Washoe County the non-smoking rates are slightly higher at 85%.

Locations that can allow smoking per the NCIAA are:

  • Gaming areas of casinos where loitering by minors is restricted by law
  • Completely enclosed areas within stand-alone bars, taverns, and saloons in which patrons under 21 years of age are prohibited from entering:
  • Strip clubs or brothels
  • Retail tobacco stores
  • Areas of convention facilities during tobacco-related trade shows, that are closed to the public
  • Private residences, including those used as an office workplace except if it is used as a child care or health care facility

Minimum criteria for each award are below:

Extra Mile Award
  • Location can legally allow smoking per the NCIAA, but chooses not to allow smoking.
    • i.e. A bar that only allows patrons over 21 to enter and prohibits smoking; A casino that prohibits smoking indoors. 
Hospitality Hero Award
  • Local service-industry businesses that provide a smoke-free environment for customers and employees
    • i.e. A bar or sports lounge that allows minors to enter and prohibits smoking.


  • If you would like to nominate a business please complete this form
  • If you are a business who meets the criteria for the Extra Mile Award or Hospitality Hero Award please complete this form

Past Awardees

View Recipients Here
  • The Gold N’ Silver Inn Restaurant – EMA

  • Paul Mitchell the School Reno – EMA
  • Reno City Council – EMA
  • Sparks City Council – EMA
  • Washoe County Board of County Commissioners – EMA

  • Paul Mitchell the School Reno – EMA
  • Reno City Council – EMA
  • Sparks City Council – EMA
  • Washoe County Board of County Commissioners – EMA

  • Wild Island – EMA
  • Ole Bridge Pub – EMA
  • Carl’s – The Saloon – EMA
  • Ceol’s Irish Pub – EMA

  • Whitney Peak – HHA
  • Our Bar – HHA
  • The Stick – HHA

  • The Housing Authority of the City of Reno – EMA

  • Access to Healthcare Network – EMA
  • CommRow – EMA

  • Artown - EMA
  • RTC Board - EMA
  • Reno Aces - EMA
  • Silver Dollar Court, INC. - EMA

  • Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare - EMA
  • Northern Medical Center - EMA
  • Renown Health - EMA
  • Saint Mary’s - EMA
  • Whole Foods Market, Reno - EMA
  • The Purple Bean - EMA

  • Bill’s Casino Lake Tahoe - EMA
  • Nikki Beach - EMA
  • Silver Peak - EMA

Last modified on 08/15/2023