North Carolina

It's Time to Celebrate! All of North Carolina's restaurants and bars are smokefree!

Did North Carolina's smokefree law save Nancy's life? How about David? Tony? Sharon?
The truth is, we'll never know their names. But thanks to North Carolina's smokefree law, thousands of people have avoided heart attacks since the law took effect read more...

For more information on NC's smokefree law, visit: Smokefree.NC.Gov

Thank you to all the advocates and restaurant workers who spoke up. Thank you to all the North Carolina lawmakers who voted for this important public health legislation. And, thank you to Governor Bev Perdue, who signed HB 2 on May 19, 2009. The statewide smokefree restaurant and bar law took effective on January 2, 2010.

Although this law is a huge step forward, it unfortunately doesn't cover non-hospitality workplaces (like factories, warehouses), or public buildings. The problem persists until ALL of North Carolinians have the right to breathe smokefree air in their jobsite and in public places.

2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 1/9/2013 - 7/1/2014 (Est.); Recess: 9/14/2013 - 5/13/2014

State Quitline Number: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or online at QuitlineNC.com.

 

Smokefree & Related News

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory Attacks France's ...
International Business Times - October 15, 2014

47 mins ago - Paris plans to adopt cigarette plain packaging, criticised by the US biggest ... Pat McCrory Attacks France's Plain Packaging Anti-Tobacco Laws.

Meck County makes changes to proposed smoking ban
WBTV - October 15, 2014

When the proposed ordinance was first introduced, county officials wanted the Board of Commissioners to ban smoking on all county-owned property, and ...

Asheville or ashtray?
Mountain Xpress - October 14, 2014

It would be great if City Council would pass and enforce an ordinance for no smoking in public spaces or at least an ordinance for no smoking within 50 feet of ...

Tar Heel tobacco, peach growers favor check-offs as 2014 ...
Southeast Farm Press - October 9, 2014

He noted that the tobacco business is changing with the advent of e-cigarettes. "We in North Carolina are probably going to get into the business of producing ...

Cumberland County commissioner, school board candidates debate
Fayetteville Observer - October 8, 2014

On a personal note, Evans, a smoker, said he would favor a Health Department proposal to expand an outdoor smoking ban because he knows how hard it is to ...

Johnson C. Smith University announces plans for tobacco-free cam ...
WBTV - October 7, 2014

University officials say smoking has been prohibited inside JCSU's buildings for ... on the proposed smoking ban in mid-Septemmber which would ban smoking ...

Cumberland County, NC Eyes Expanded Smoking Ban
halfwheel.com - October 5, 2014

Last month, smoking on public property in Cumberland County, N.C. became illegal thanks to a law passed last September. Now, the Countys Comissioners are discussing expanding the smoking ban as far as sidewalks. Formally, Cumberland County officials are looking at banning smoking on sidewalks, bus stops, trails and hotels. Predictably, opposition has already been made regarding how invasive the expanded law would be on private property, but the debate will continue over the expansion...

Plan suggests examining limits on tattoo parlors, similar businesses in downtown Wilmington
Daily Journal - October 2, 2014

WILMINGTON, North Carolina A new three-year plan for the future of downtown Wilmington suggests the city consider prohibiting new tattoo parlors as well as vapor shops where e-cigarettes are sold in the central business district.

Wilmington to decide on smoking ban
The News Journal - October 2, 2014

Wilmington City Council will decide Thursday night whether or not to impose a smoking ban at covered bus stops and city parks.

E-cig maker Mistic shifts production from China to Greenville
The State - October 1, 2014

Mistic had already produced the e-cigarette liquid domestically, but had ... the part of the e-cigarette that contains the "e-juice" --- the flavored liquid that ... It is expected that use of e-cigarettes will surpass tobacco cigarettes within the decade.

Smoking ban should be implemented across campus
The Pendulum - October 1, 2014

Why hasnt Elon University kept up with the science on the harmful effects of cigarettes and banned smoking on campus altogether? What good comes from allowing students, faculty and staff to smoke?

E-Cigs and marijuana: A problem in local high schools [VIDEO]
WCNC September 30, 2014

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Lunging and kicking, a 16-year-old student assaulted officers in Iredell County after not wanting to give up his E-cigarette, police say. She says while minors cannot purchase E-Cigs, currently they are allowed to have them in their possession. "They are virtually almost undetectable because ...

Our View: Smoking ban will clear the air for all of us
Fayetteville Observer - September 28, 2014

Cumberland County officials have gotten downright vigilant about smoking. You can't light up anymore on any county property, not even in parking lots. Indoor smoking has been banned for years in municipal buildings, and more recently in bars and restaurants. The county Board of Health wants to expand its outdoor smoking ban to sidewalks, bus stops, hotels and common areas of apartment complexes...

Money chase continues for NC lawmakers through Election Day
WRAL.com - September 26, 2014

The PAC for Reynolds American, a tobacco company that had an interest in how lawmakers regulated and taxed e-cigarettes this summer, gave to Pendleton.

Company sets e-cig future
Greenville Daily Reflector - September 25, 2014

While public health officials consolidate their opposition to the use of electronic cigarettes in Pitt County, the future of the e-cigarette flavoring industry firmly ...

Fayetteville's public property smoking ban proposal ignites debate
Fayetteville Observer - September 24, 2014

Chalay Vaden, puffing on a cigarette outside Cross Creek Mall on Wednesday, says she understands why Fayetteville officials might seek to curb smoking ...

Our View: Get the word out to teens using e-cigarettes
Fayetteville Observer - September 24, 2014

But their use of e-cigarettes and other vaporized nicotine delivery systems is soaring. E-cigarette sales to minors are banned but enforcement is difficult.

Fayetteville City Council defers decision on proposed outside ...
Fayetteville Observer - September 22, 2014

The Fayetteville City Council has been asked to approved a new ordinance Monday that will ban smoking outside on city property, such as public parking lots, ...

Company sets e-cig future
Greenville Daily Reflector - September 22, 2014

While public health officials consolidate their opposition to the use of electronic cigarettes in Pitt County, the future of the e-cigarette flavoring industry firmly planted itself in Greenville last week. With city and county officials on hand to welcome them, officials with Purilum cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new 18,000-square-foot facility at 967 Woodridge Park Road for the development, manufacture and distribution of the liquid contents that will supply major manufacturers of e-cig vaporizing machines.

Fayetteville leaders consider outdoor smoking ban
WECT-TV6 - September 22, 2014

City leaders in Fayetteville are set to consider a new ordinance banning outdoor smoking on such city property as public parking lots and parks, except in specially designated areas

Fayetteville City Council ponders banning smoking on city property
Fayetteville Observer - September 21, 2014

The Fayetteville City Council has been asked to approved a new ordinance Monday that will ban smoking outside on city property, such as public parking lots, ...

North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey
SmokeFree.NC.gov (North Carolina Division of Public Health: Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch) - September 20, 2014

The N.C. Youth Tobacco Survey (N.C. YTS) provides a critical source of public health data for understanding the scope of the tobacco problem and measuring progress toward overall goals among youth

Survey shows less smoking among N.C. teens, more e-cig use
Winston-Salem Journal - September 19, 2014

Alternative tobacco products included electronic cigarettes, flavored little cigars, ... of further preventing possession and usage comparable to the way alcohol is dealt with. ... Cigarette smoking dropped less than electronic-cigarette use rose, ...

Law | Cumberland County, NC To Expand Outdoor Smoking Ban
The Cigar Authority - September 17, 2014

The leaders of Cumberland Country are looking into expanding the existing smoking ban, and if it passes it could affect more places where the freedom to light ...

Fayetteville Planning Commission to consider rules for tobacco shops
Fayetteville Observer - September 16, 2014

The commission has twice considered a draft tobacco shop ordinance, without ... They could also apply for a different zoning, if the draft ordinance passes.

Our View: Wider smoking ban a tough but healthy decision
Fayetteville Observer - September 16, 2014

Government decisions aren't often so clear-cut. But this one is: Doing the right thing will bring intense political discomfort at first and a healthier population in the ...

County officials seek expansion of smoking ban
Fayetteville Observer - September 13, 2014

As of Sept. 1, smoking became illegal on almost all county grounds, including the Cumberland County Courthouse plaza and the Detention Center. County health officials, citing the known dangers of secondhand smoke, would like to extend the ban further, to bus stops, sidewalks, hotels and beyond.

County delays vote on smoking ban; consults town officials
DavidsonNews.net (blog) - September 12, 2014

Mecklenburg County commissioners have delayed a planned vote next week to limit smoking and tobacco use in parks and government property in order to gather additional input from town officials. After a public hearing Sept. 2, votes on the two measures were scheduled for the boards Wednesday, Sept. 17, meeting. But commissioners decided this week to delay the votes until they hear further from town officials in the countys six towns Cornelius, Davidson, Matthews, Huntersville, Mint Hill, and Pineville

Full complaint coming in Reynolds lawsuit over Lorillard
Winston-Salem Journal - September 12, 2014

The plaintiff in a lawsuit targeting Reynolds American Inc.'s $27.4 billion offer for Lorillard Inc. said in an N.C. Business Court filing Wednesday it will wait for the companies' proxy statements before fully revealing its complaint.

Smoking ban could affect parks, government buildings
Huntersville (NC) Herald - September 11, 2014

Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, including Karen Bentley of District 1, will vote Sept. 18 on the smoking ban ordinances restricting all tobacco products in parks and smoke products on government grounds.

Moore County Health Department Bans E-Cigarettes
Southern Pines Pilot - September 9, 2014

The use of electronic cigarettes has been banned in all Moore County Health Department buildings, within 50 feet of any building and in ...

Congressman Says Everyone Should Be Free To Smoke And Fire Gay People
Think Progress (blog) - September 8, 2014

Republican Robert Pittenger compared the right to fire LGBT workers to the right to smoke cigarettes on private property. After assuring ThinkProgress that he "respects everyone" and "loves people," Pittenger said he believes companies should have the rig

Gibsonville Aldermen focus on apartments for elderly
Burlington Times News - September 8, 2014

The board voted in favor of a no-smoking policy within the apartments, with exception to the current residents who smoke, and heard maintenance concerns from ...

Durham celebrates 10 years since the opening of the American Tobacco campus
Raleigh News & Observer - September 8, 2014

DURHAM For its 10th birthday, the American Tobacco campus invited a reggae band, an acrobat, a tobacco auctioneer and a poetry-writing fox apt party guests to mark a decade of

[Are you for or against a smoking ban at county facilities in Mecklenburg]
WBTV - September 3, 2014

Are you for or against a smoking ban at county facilities in Mecklenburg County? Think it infringes on your rights? Or will it keep people from picking up the habit ...

Discord over Meck smoking ban smolders at hearing
DavidsonNews.net (blog) - September 3, 2014

The ban would apply to all lighted smoking products such as cigarettes, cigars, little cigars and pipes. E-cigarettes are not prohibited. A separate measure would ...

County Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Smoking, Tobacco Bans
Time Warner Cable News - September 2, 2014

More than a dozen speakers weighed in Tuesday for and against a proposal to extend bans on smoking and tobacco use in Mecklenburg County.

Public speaks out for – and against – proposed smoking ban
Charlotte Observer - September 2, 2014

And doctor after doctor stood at a public hearing on a proposed smoking ban delivering the grim statistics directly related to tobacco use. All of them and a dozen others worked to sway votes that Mecklenburg County commissioners will take Sept. 17 ...

Mecklenburg weighs smoking ban for county buildings
Winston-Salem Journal - September 2, 2014

CHARLOTTE - Mecklenburg County commissioners are scheduled to hear from the public today about a proposed ban on smoking on government grounds and ...

E- prisons
The Robesonian – September 2, 2014

Not enough research has been conducted to determine the long-term effect on the smokers or the second-hand effect on non-smokers. Complaints are being ...

Proposed Meck smoking ban riles Matthews town leaders
Charlotte Observer - September 1, 2014

Plescia said he and his staff visited all municipalities earlier this summer meeting with managers and mayors to explain the smoking ban and how it would affect ...

People Gather For E-Cigarette Convention In Winston-Salem [VIDEO]
WFMY News 2 - August 31, 2014

Joe Barnett with Vaping Militia said he wants to educate people dealing with the product. "We enable people to present a good case to their local, state or ...

Fayetteville State students could get free city bus service
Fayetteville Observer - August 31, 2014

The council also will hear a recommendation from recreation officials to restrict smoking in city parks by banning it from, among other places, bleachers at ball ...

Health board seeks broader smoking ban
Hendersonville Lightning - August 22, 2014

The Board of Commissioners banned smoking outside entrances but in a ... "It kind of sends a two-edge sword" - banning smoking on the one hand and ... Wyatt said in an interview that county policy already bans smoking in county vehicles....

Canton passes tobacco policies
Insurance News Net - August 20, 2014

Aug. 20 -- CANTON -- A new addition to the Canton ordinances adds further restrictions for public and town employees who use tobacco. Prior to last week, the ..

N.C. docs recommend e-cigs to stop smoking despite lack of info on ...
Triangle Business Journal - July 31, 2014

Despite knowing little about their safety, North Carolina doctors are increasingly recommending e-cigarettes as a way to stop smoking, according to research .

Popularity of E-Cigarettes Seen By Increase in Litter
TWC News - July 31, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM — E-cigarettes are becoming more popular as the tobacco industry evolves and grows, and it can be seen by the litter on the ground. Many of ...

GOP-backed bill includes laundry list of changes
BlueRidgeNow.com - July 24, 2014

Another measure would allow county sheriffs to potentially sell e-cigarettes to jail inmates....

50 business leaders coming to Salisbury to build healthier workplaces
Salisbury Post - July 23, 2014

RCCC's work on employee health efforts during the past year earned a Gold Star for tobacco-free excellence, one of four topic areas in WorkHealthy America.

Long may he reign: Reigning Sound's Greg Cartwright reflects on a ...
Mountain Xpress - July 22, 2014

“I remember when they first started doing the smoking bans in different states, and I thought, 'North Carolina is tobacco country. That'll never fly here,'” he laughs.

Sports Notes: Snuffing out the use of tobacco products
StarNewsOnline.com (blog) - July 22, 2014

And while we're at it, let's make sure that e-cigarettes are also banned in all ball parks (from youth leagues to the big shows), restaurants and other places where ...

Tobacco shops ordinance delayed in Fayetteville
Fayetteville Observer - July 21, 2014

It could be another two months before a Fayetteville ordinance restricting new tobacco shops is ready for a vote. On July 15, the Fayetteville Planning Commission voted again to postpone the matter until staff members could work out more issues and make changes to the draft rules. At the request of Police Chief Harold Medlock, city planners began writing an ordinance that seeks to restrict new tobacco shops, cigar lounges and hookah bars by imposing distance requirements between tobacco-related businesses and schools, churches and neighborhoods.

OC Health Department Wins Award for Smoking Ban
Chapelboro.com - July 21, 2014

Orange's smoke-free public policy beat a host of other county policy applications to win its first Achievement Award. The smoking ban, put in place on July 1, ...

EDITORIAL: Kiwanis Club votes for health at fairgrounds
Lexington Dispatch - July 18, 2014

Many businesses and venues now ban tobacco products, but it remains significant when the list grows. The Lexington Kiwanis Club, which owns the Davidson County Fairgrounds, has decided to prohibit all tobacco products at the facility. ...

Club bans use of tobacco at fairgrounds, parking lots
Lexington Dispatch - July 16, 2014

Club bans use of tobacco at fairgrounds, parking lots ... 1946, added that the tobacco ban includes all activities at the Davidson County Fairgrounds. ... Smoking has been prohibited in the fair's exhibit hall, arena and barn for several years.

City's emotional tie to Winston, Salem diminished through changes
Winston-Salem Journal - July 15, 2014

“Mayor, why did you name your city after those cigarette brands?” Joines said he is asked. “Or, which was named after the other, the city or the cigarettes? ..... the Winston brand was launched by RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. in 1954 and Salem ... have been 11 years ago since the main place they are marketed is point of sale.

Our View: City parks join move to ban smoking
Fayetteville Observer - July 14, 2014

First the county halted smoking in its buildings, and then outside their entrances, too. And now the county is simply banning smoking anywhere on its campuses.

Vaping stores are gaining popularity
Lexington Dispatch - July 10, 2014

A new method of smoking is becoming more popular in the state known for being one of the largest suppliers of tobacco. E-cigarettes or vaping stores are ...

Fayetteville officials may snuff out smoking at public parks, athletic ...
Fayetteville Observer - July 5, 2014

Fayetteville may snuff out smoking in parks where people congregate, such as in bleachers and at playgrounds.

Grant will help fund start-up venture
Greenville Daily Reflector - June 22, 2014

A federal grant administered through the N.C. Department of Commerce will provide a Greenville electronic cigarette product supply company $210,000 to establish a start-up venture in the city and add new jobs.

Elks Lodge bans smoking
Hendersonville Lightning - June 18, 2014

The Hendersonville Elks Lodge banned smoking at its indoors facilities on Tuesday by an overwhelmingly vote of 82-7. The meeting of Lodge No. 1616 drew 96 members, a far larger crowd than usual, for the vote on whether to ban smoking in the lodge, which contains a bar, dining room and bingo hall. Mark Roloff, a past Exalted Ruler of the lodge, said the club leadership had been working on the smoking issue for 2 years, trying to balance the interests of smokers and nonsmokers. "Most of the smokers tell us 'I don't smoke in my house,'" he said. "Ladies and gentleman, this is your house." Elks who favored the smoking ban applauded.

Windsor Green community to go smoke free [VIDEO]
WPDE - June 16, 2014

The Windsor Green community in Carolina Forest, which suffered a devastating fire in March of 2013, has decided to become a smoke-free community, citing fire-safety and health concerns for residents. According to a release sent out by the Windsor Green Board of Directors, on July 1 the community will be smoke-free except in designated smoking areas in front of the clubhouse, near the pool and the two grill areas.

Health Dept. proposes ban on tobacco use at Pitt County parks
WCTI12.com - June 12, 2014

The Pitt County Health Department has issued a proposal that would ban the use of all tobacco products at parks in the county. This means products like e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff would be banned too. "I don't think we want our children learning bad habits while they're in ...

Pitt County could soon see tobacco-free parks [VIDEO]
WNCT - June 11, 2014

In February, the board asked the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department if it would be interested in supporting this tobacco-free policy. In May, The Parks ...

State mental health facilities in N.C. going smoke-free this summer
Asheboro Courier Tribune - June 9, 2014

On July 1, smoking will no longer be allowed at state mental health and substance ... The smoking ban is a big change for psychiatric hospitals and clinics, ...

Letter: Tobacco should not be glorified
The Daily Tar Heel - June 4, 2014

The UNC Smoke-Free expansion and the Orange County Smoke-Free Public Places Rule are policies to protect the health of all Orange County residents.

Proposed Fayetteville ordinance could snuff out rapid growth of tobacco shops
Fayetteville Observer - June 1, 2014

A proposed ordinance before the Planning Coimmission would limit where developers could put tobacco shops, cigar bars and hookah lounges in the city.

10 things you didn’t know about new Terminal 1
Triangle Business Journal – May 30, 2014

...the no-smoking policy includes e-cigarettes.

North Carolina lawmakers adopt tax on electronic cigarettes
Reuters - May 29, 2014

Republican Governor Pat McCrory signed a measure that adds a tax of 5 cents to each milliliter of the nicotine liquid that e-cigarettes use. Smokers inhale through a battery-powered metal tube, turning the liquid to vapor. The tax was cleared by the ...

Nasty special interest bill would raise taxes on e-cigarettes
Beaufort Observer - May 28, 2014

E-cigarettes, along with every other product purchased in North Carolina, are already ... require a tobacco license to sell, distribute, or import e-cigarette products. ... accountants to ensure compliance with licensing and reporting requirements, .

Tax bill clears Senate committee
WRAL.com - May 28, 2014

Senators kept a provision taxing vapor cigarettes, or e-cigs, at 5 cents per milliliter of fluid used to charge the devices. The most vigorous debate came over ...

Response from Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) Regarding Passage North Carolina House Bill 1050
DigitalJournal.com - May 28, 2014

New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/28/2014 -- The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) and our North Carolina members are disappointed that House Bill 1050 was passed through committee last night. Because the bill was pushed through, no time was permitted for public comment on a bill that adversely affects small and mid-sized businesses in the vapor industry. The bill adds a five-cent tax on each milliliter of e-liquid, the solution used in personal electronic vaporizers and e-cigarette cartridges. The bills accelerated timetable for discussion and vote, coming on the heels of a holiday weekend, caught the industry by surprise.

Drawing a Profit from E-Cigs
WFDD - May 27, 2014

N.C. House members have tentatively passed a measure to tax the nicotine liquid used in all e-cigarettes. The tax would be 5 cents-per-milliliter of nicotine.

Reynolds to create 200 jobs in Tobaccoville to expand Vuse distribution
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal - May 23, 2014

Reynolds American CEO Susan Cameron and Gov. Pat McCrory made the announcement at the company's 1 million-square-foot manufacturing plant in Tobaccoville. The jobs will pay an average of $40,000.

Fast Track for North Carolina Tax Changes
The National Law Review - May 22, 2014

... the House Finance Committee amended out, and maybe even undoing Representative Fulghum's amendment on e-cigarettes and the taxing of vapor. More to ...

NC House passes tax bill that targets e-cigarettes
WPTF - May 22, 2014

The bill, which passed by an 84-29 vote with little discussion on Wednesday, taxes the nicotine liquid in e-cigarettes at 5 cents per milliliter, much lower than the ...

E-cig operation, jobs could be headed to Forsyth
Greensboro News & Record - May 21, 2014

Most of the smaller marketers are selling their e-cigs through a licensing deal with a ... Ronald Bannon, investor relations director for Lorillard Tobacco Co. of ... workforce as consumer demand for traditional cigarettes continues to decline. ... Cordisco has called Vuse “a game-changing product in the e-cigarette category.”.

NC bill could pressure cities to raise taxes or cut spending
Charlotte Observer - May 21, 2014

A bill tentatively approved Tuesday by the N.C. House could pressure city officials across the state to raise taxes or cut services, according to the director of the League of Municipalities.

House tentatively OKs e-cig tax
Winston-Salem Journal - May 20, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge and create a vapor that is inhaled.

Full NC House considering omnibus tax bill
BlueRidgeNow.com - May 20, 2014

... a measure that in part tweaks the tax overhaul approved last year, caps municipal business privilege taxes and places an excise tax on electronic cigarettes.

Answer Man: Does the city enforce no smoking ban?
Asheville Citizen-Times - May 20, 2014

City of Asheville spokeswoman Dawa Hitch said the city passed an ordinance for smoking on public property, not private property. "If officers see people smoking tobacco on public property they ask the offender to extinguish the cigarette/cigar," Hitch said in an email. "People generally comply." Ted Warner, owner of Broadways nightclub in downtown Asheville, said as a private club with 9,000 members, they can allow outside smoking on their patio areas. As far as smoking near doorways, Warner offered an interesting insight. "Where North Carolina missed the boat," he said, "is that most states have designated areas where you can't smoke within 10 feet of a doorway. That wasn't written into our law, so people literally stand at doorways and smoke, and the smoke comes into the building."

Tobacco banned in Saluda city buildings, vehicles and parks
Tryon Daily Bulletin - May 18, 2014

Smoking and e-cigarettes are now banned from city-owned buildings, vehicles and parks in Saluda. The Saluda Board of Commissioners met Monday, May 12 and approved the final version of an ordinance to ban tobacco products. The ordinance does not include city sidewalks, but does include McCreery Park and its pavilion and Spring Park downtown.

NC debates e-cigarette tax favored by tobacco industry
News & Observer - May 15, 2014

That's where a Charlotte lawmaker, backed by health advocates, hopes to slow the measure that defines e-cigarettes as a “vapor” product, not a tobacco product ...

NC to consider new e-cigarette tax
WWAY NewsChannel 3 - May 15, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The Republican-dominated North Carolina General Assembly will consider a new tax on electronic cigarettes. A panel that studies tax ...

Our View: Change in county smoking policy is welcome
Fayetteville Observer - May 14, 2014

The planned ban on smoking on county property is being implemented sooner due to some issues with the timing of federal grants. Whatever the reason, the ...

North Carolina To Consider New E-Cigarette Tax
CBS Local - May 14, 2014

Powers said because the federal government has already classified e-cigarettes as a tobacco product, the company asked legislators to create the tax to ensure ...

Reynolds American suggests state tax rate for e-cigarettes
Greensboro News & Record - May 14, 2014

David Powers, a company vice president, offered Reynolds tax proposal to the Revenue Laws oversight committee Tuesday. The committee, co-chaired by Rep. Julia Howard, R-Davie, approved passing along the recommendation to the General Assembly for the short session that begins today. The proposal is a 5 cent-per-milliliter tax to the nicotine mixture used in e-cigarettes. E-cigarette users already pay sales taxes on the device and the nicotine mixture used in it.

Town ushers in sidewalk dining with booze
Elkin Jonesville Tribune - May 13, 2014

Ordinance changes to allow exterior dining and for the optional sale of alcohol ... Commissioners said that no smoking will be permitted in any sidewalk cafe.

Lawmakers back tax on e-cigarettes
WRAL.com - May 13, 2014

Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina lawmakers this summer will debate a proposal to add an excise tax to the liquid used in vapor, or electronic, cigarettes.

Spencer aldermen to discuss further tobacco ban
Salisbury Post - May 12, 2014

Spencer elected officials in March voted to ban cigarettes, cigars and other ... Hall, aldermen will discuss prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco in all town ...

Up in smoke? Alamance e-cigarette store operators concerned ...
Burlington Times News – April 30, 2014

After 35 years of smoking, Ralph Easter switched to electric cigarettes in 2012 and ... The proposed regulations would not ban any e-liquid flavors — which can ...

School board calls for General Assembly to rescind tenure decision
BlueRidgeNow.com - April 21, 2014

...Revised its “Use of Tobacco Products” policy to include electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigs,” in the school system's definition of tobacco products. The change to ...

Saluda considers smoking ban
Tryon Daily Bulletin - April 17, 2014

The City of Saluda is considering banning tobacco use from its parks as well as ... Saluda City Council met Monday, April 14 and discussed the possible ban.

Davidson River Students To Celebrate Earth Day April 22 – Brevard ...
The Transylvania Times - April 17, 2014

To address these findings, educating youth on the effects of tobacco is crucial in creating a tobacco-free generation among youth in Transylvania County.

Questions arise as e-cigs fall in grey legal area
myfox8.com - April 13, 2014

A familiar puff of smoke is resurfacing inside some Triad restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.

E-cigs on rise; smokers tout vapor as beneficial
Laurinburg Exchange - April 12, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on its ... of the Richmond Community College Board of Trustees, e-cigarette use was ... The flavors range from those mimicking natural tobacco or menthol cigarettes to ...

Answer Woman: Smoking in parks, aSHEville museum
Asheville Citizen-Times - April 12, 2014

Question: What is the City of Asheville's policy regarding smoking in public parks? ... The Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law in North Carolina banned ...

E-cigarettes raise worries
WRAL.com - April 10, 2014

They are banned in Wake, Durham and Cumberland county school systems, and ... In areas where smoking bans are the norm, some people fire up e-cigarettes ...

Traditional tobacco going up in smoke
Richmond County Daily Journal - April 6, 2014

Vaping is a term used to describe the use of electronic cigarettes, and its popularity is soaring. Celebrities are seen at red carpet events puffing away on e-cigs. Manufacturers claim they are safe and harmless because they produce only water vapor and contain only nicotine and flavorings with none of the hundreds of other carcinogenic chemicals found in cigarettes. But government regulations could be just around the corner. Policy director Roxanne Elliott of FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital said it modified its tobacco-free environment policy in May 2012 to include electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, prohibiting their use anywhere inside or outside on the grounds. In 2013, the General Assembly of North Carolina ratified Senate Bill 530 which includes vapor products in the legal definition of tobacco products, making it a crime to sell them to minors.

Ask SAM: Still some confusion about where e-cigs are allowed
Winston-Salem Journal - April 2, 2014

Q: We were in a restaurant recently where two people were smoking e-cigarettes in the bar area where food is also served. If smoking isn't allowed, why are people allowed to use e-cigs when smoke is also dispersed from them? I found it almost as smelly as regular cigarettes. The manager didn't seem to know the rules regarding e-cigs.

Apartment complex, bike lanes on agenda for City Council
Lincoln Times-News - April 2, 2014

The application requesting an amendment to allow Hookah Cafes as a permitted use in the central business district has been withdrawn. The applicant, Radwan Yousef, withdrew his request on Mar. 26. At Lincolntons Planning Board meeting last month, several concerns were raised regarding how the hookah caf?ould be regulated to prevent minors from smoking. The Planning Board unanimously agreed to deny the amendment proposed by Yousef.

Ask SAM: Smoking can be permitted outdoors at restaurants
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal - March 28, 2014

...Answer: It depends on the layout of the patio, but often smoking is allowed there. “North Carolina's law does not allow smoking inside most restaurants and bars,” said Kirsti Clifford in the communications department at the N.C. Department of Health and...

Report: Durham health ranking unchanged
Durham Herald Sun - March 26, 2014

“In the City of Medicine, a community that was one of the first to pass a no-smoking ordinance for its public buildings, sidewalks and beyond, I am disappointed ...

No longer blowing smoke? E-cigarettes could surpass traditional brands, experts say
Charlotte Observer - March 23, 2014

...When change has come for tobacco during its nearly two centuries as a star of North Carolinas economy, it usually has arrived at a leisurely pace. Not this time. The crop and products made from it face something that has gutted or transformed many other industries in recent years: a disruptive technology. ...

Students hang out big tobacco's dirty laundry
Richmond County Daily Journal - March 20, 2014

The initiative, coordinated by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, is an annual day of youth leadership and activism designed to raise awareness of the ...

E-cigs face greater scrutiny
Asheville Citizen-Times - March 18, 2014

Buncombe County Health Director Gibbie Harris said her concern is with e-cigs being marketed as a safer alternative to tobacco. Users inhale nicotine, an addictive stimulant that can increase blood pressure. The reality is there is nicotine in the e-cigarettes, and the content of that nicotine is not regulated in any way, she said. There have not been many studies that have really looked at the safety of e-cigarettes, so my concern is that the statement of safety is made by the manufacturers without proof. ...

E-cigs clear the air for smokers, but health experts urge caution
WRAL.com - March 15, 2014

Cary, N.C. Alex Makam smoked a pack of Marlboro Lights a day for 20 years. Two years ago, a friend introduced him to an alternative electronic cigarettes.

Elon debates tobacco use as state standards shift
The Pendulum - March 12, 2014

But as 1,182 institutions of higher learning are now smoke-free, portions of Elon ... to enforce around campus, considering that other bans are not successfully enforced. ... “Banning tobacco seems like a self-righteous quest with energies that could be ... “If Elon is going to ban smoking on a campus, they'll have to launch a ...

Officials nudge apartment managers to ban smoking
Winston-Salem Chronicle - March 12, 2014

Officials nudge apartment managers to ban smoking ... week for a two hour lunch and learn workshop that extolled the benefits of apartment smoking bans. ... Health advocates say that multi-unit housing complexes that allow smoking increase ...

Spencer votes to ban smoking, tobacco from parks, ball fields
Salisbury Post - March 12, 2014

SPENCER The Spencer town board voted unanimously Tuesday to ban smoking and other tobacco use from town parks and ball fields, but how the new ordinance will be enforced is not clear.

Thumbs up, thumbs down
Richmond County Daily Journal – March 7, 2014

First, there is a ban on tobacco products on campus, “so it's not necessarily fair to ... a body of research on the health effects of second-hand e-cigarette smoke. ... potentially hazardous behavior on campus while banning other activities that are ...

Kvetching Board for March 7, 2014
The Daily Tar Heel - March 7, 2014

However cool you think that smoking cigarettes made you look, e-cigarettes have the equal and opposite effect. Everybody always complains about Lenoir's ...

Smoke-free policy workshop slated
Statesville Record & Landmark - March 3, 2014

The Iredell County Health Department, in partnership with the North Carolina Community Transformation Grant (CTG) project, is sponsoring a Lunch-and-Learn workshop to educate property managers about the advantages of smoke-free policies for their businesses and residents. Managers of apartments and other multi-unit housing properties will learn during the event how they can decrease costs and protect residents by banning smoking.

Businesses choosing whether to allow e-cigarettes
Triangle Business Journal – February 27, 2014

a loophole of sorts for those wanting a nicotine fix in the age of smoking bans. North Carolina law currently defines e-cigarettes as a "vapor," and therefore it’s not classified as a tobacco product. This decision was made during …

Commissioners create smoking zones on county campuses
BlueRidgeNow.com - February 19, 2014

In response to complaints from citizens about smokers at building entrances, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 Wednesday to create designated smoking areas away from high-traffic areas on all county campuses.

COMMISSIONERS BAN SMOKING AT ENTRANCES TO COUNTY ...
WHKP - February 19, 2014

Commissioners rejected an all-out ban on smoking at county properties, after ... The commissioners also considered an option banning smoking within 50 to 100 ...

Ban cigarette sales on campus
Duke Chronicle - February 10, 2014

Last week, the drugstore chain CVS announced it would no longer sell tobacco products in its stores. The company, which also offers health care services, has argued that selling tobacco products is inconsistent with its responsibilities as a health care provider. We think Duke should follow CVSs lead. The negative health effects of tobacco are widely known, and the U.S. Surgeon General recently released a report adding a host of new diseases to the official list of tobacco-related conditions. Given the health risks associated with smokingas well as Dukes role as a major regional medical providerthe University ought to discontinue the sale of tobacco on campus.

CVS's tobacco decision may benefit it in long run
Greensboro (NC) News & Record - February 7, 2014

...is likely to weather any potential storms, local business experts say. Yes, even here in North Carolina where tobacco is king. “I think that in the long run, they are going to come up ahead,” said Daniel Hall, an assistant professor of economics at High ...

CDC: Smoking costs N.C. employers $6 billion per year
The Business Journal – February 7, 2014

When CVS announced it would no longer sell tobacco in its stores beginning Oct. 1, it sparked general applause from health care advocates, but they aren’t the only ones who should push for smoking …

Editorial: CVS kicks the habit
Salisbury (NC) Post - February 6, 2014

It's tempting to play off a macaroon against a Marlboro, but there's no inherent contradiction in CVS' decision, nor any reason to doubt its commitment to promoting healthier lifestyles. While people will continue to smoke, CVS has chosen not to support...

China Grove looking to prohibit smoking in town buildings, parks
Salisbury Post - February 5, 2014

... governments to adopt and enforce ordinances prohibiting smoking in certain places of ... The proposed ordinance includes all tobacco products that would be ...

Smoke on the water
The Daily Tar Heel - January 27, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, have rampantly increased in popularity. Smokeless and scentless, e-cigarettes offer an alternative to smokers, particularly those overcoming nicotine addiction. E-cigarettes are not currently mentioned explicitly in the campuswide no smoking policy that prevents smoking within any University building or within 100 feet of any building on campus, however many treat e-cigarettes as if they are included. This policy needs to be amended to make clear and reflect the differences between cigarettes and e-cigarettes. If electronic cigarettes are to continue to be banned in University buildings, campus officials should relax the ban on usage within 100 feet of any campus building....

Monday's letters: Still smoking
BlueRidgeNow.com - January 27, 2014

To the editor: Why would the Cherokee casino, an economic boon to the tribe and WNC, allow smoking inside its premises when no other such public venue in North Carolina exposes its customers or employees to secondhand smoke? ...

Thorns & Roses: Political finesse, smoking ban, cheering for Duke
Hendersonville Lightning - January 22, 2014

The state Legislature granted counties broader authority to ban smoking several ... Banning smoking would be easy, widely appreciated and better for the health ...

Tapping into e-cig craze: 'Vaping' lounge in Mocksville offers place ...
Winston-Salem Journal - January 21, 2014

MOCKSVILLE — Aaron Hand is tapping into the e-cigarette craze, opening Celtic Vapes, a store that doubles as a retail business and “vaping” lounge on Valley ...

Judge orders maker of e-cigs to stop harassing law firm
myfox8.com - January 20, 2014

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. A Forsyth County District Court judge has approved a temporary no-contact order against a small electronic-cigarette retailer to stop him from harassing the law firm representing a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc. in a trademark lawsuit.

Smoking ban heats up restaurant business
BlueRidgeNow.com - January 15, 2014

According to Hannah Flanagan's Irish Pub co-owner Matt Johnes, a non-smoker, for several months after North Carolina banned smoking in restaurants four ...

Smoking ban helps profits, air quality and health
N.C. State University Technician Online - January 15, 2014

The report also stated that within the first year of the smoking ban, the average number of weekly emergency room visits of those experiencing heart attacks in ...

Report says smoking ban has not financially affected businesses
The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) - January 14, 2014

Four years ago, North Carolina passed a law banning smoking in restaurants and bars. Despite many of the dire predictions, a recent report states the law has had no adverse effect on businesses and in some cases has actually improved customer satisfaction

EDITORIAL: Smoke-free county zones are a must
Hendersonville Times-News - January 12, 2014

...About four years ago, the General Assembly granted local governments the authority to ban smoking outdoors on public property. If commissioners decide not to ban smoking outright on all county property, they should make sure any nonsmoking zones are ...

E-cigs continue to light up debate
High Point Enterprise - January 12, 2014

On the plus side, Spangler points out that e-cigs don't contain the cancer-causing chemicals that regular cigarettes do, and there is no carbon monoxide, which ...

Smoking ban gets people fired up
Salisbury Post - January 8, 2014

Salisbury City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance banning cigarettes and other tobacco products from the city's 28 park properties and more than five miles of greenway. "It's a no-brainer to eliminate tobacco use from facilities that are designed ...

Public smoking ban hits one year milestone
Daily Tar Heel - January 8, 2014

In January 2013, Orange County took a stand against the harmful effects of secondhand smoke by banning smoking in all public places — and a year later, the ...

Commissioners approve incentives package for industries
BlueRidgeNow.com - January 7, 2014

The Henderson County Board of Commissioners ordered staff to draft a plan for creating smoke-free zones on county grounds.

City Council to consider smoking ban at parks
Salisbury Post - January 6, 2014

SALISBURY Should the city ban smoking at parks and ball fields? Share your opinion during a public hearing at the City Council meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 217 S. Main St. City Council will consider the Salisbury Parks and Recreation Advisory Boards proposal to ban smoking and the use of other tobacco products at all Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department playgrounds and buildings, including the ball fields and lake at Salisbury Community Park on Hurley School Road.

Editorial: Smoking ban has been good for North Carolinians
New Bern Sun Journal - January 4, 2014

Fear is a powerful force, but it often is exercised prematurely and, in hindsight, without justification. That was certainly true in the case of North Carolinas hard-fought ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and other public buildings. When the state that King Tobacco once ruled went smoke-free four years ago, ... with the experiences of other states that have implemented public smoking bans. ... Anecdotally, at least, the smoking ban has not had the negative business ...

Electronic cigarettes not allowed at ABSS
Burlington Times News - January 4, 2014

There are a lot of unanswered questions about electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, but one thing is clear, they are not allowed in school. I have had principals ask me if they are against our tobacco policy, said Barbara Carlton, preventions specialist with the Alamance-Burlington School System. And, yes it is, because it has nicotine in it. ...

Not to say we told you so, but
The Progressive Pulse - January 3, 2014

We told you so. The Wilmington Star-News reminds us this morning of something that common sense made clear years ago namely that the silly, Chicken Little complaints from the right wing about North Carolinas ban on smoking in restaurants and bars a couple years back were just that.

N.C. smoking ban in bars, restaurants hasn't snuffed out business
StarNewsOnline.com - January 2, 2014

Four years ago, a law forced North Carolina restaurants and bars to go smoke free to the chagrin of many business owners who worried the new policy, which ... But despite the concerns that business would tank, a new DHHS study says just the opposite happened business was not hindered, and patrons and workers are healthier for it.

Four years after restaurant smoking ban, N.C. stats show health ...
The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area (blog) - January 2, 2014

Four years after a controversial smoking ban went into effect in the tobacco-loving state of North Carolina, health statistics have improved. According to a report by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, since the ban took affect Jan. 1, 2010, air quality in the state's restaurants and bars improved 89 percent the first year.

Our View: Smoking ban expands on Cumberland County property
Fayetteville Observer - January 2, 2014

The ban includes the Health Department, Social Services, all eight library branches, the ... That's the day smoking will be banned on the grounds of the county ...

Asking the right question about smoking
BlueRidgeNow.com - January 1, 2014

People who are nonsmokers and live in multi-unit housing that isn't smoke-free aren't able to breathe clean air because of the dangers of secondhand smoke ...

Commissioners to discuss smoke-free zones, fire taxes, fewer ...
BlueRidgeNow.com - December 31, 2013

County commissioners have agreed to discuss smoking on public properties, a grant for a Tuxedo park, standardizing fire district taxes and new rules for setting ...

Hickory parks go tobacco-free in 2014
Charlotte Observer - December 28, 2013

Effective Jan. 1, all Hickory parks will be tobacco-free. An initiative between the Catawba County Public Health Department and the N.C. Community Transformation Grant Project is working to establish tobacco-free parks in all local governments within Catawba County. At their Dec. 3 meeting, Hickory City Council voted to pass a policy banning all tobacco products in all city parks beginning Jan. 1.

E-cigarettes banned in New Hanover County buildings; vehicles
WWAY NewsChannel 3 - December 14, 2013

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC, (WWAY) -- Electronic cigarettes are banned from all New Hanover County facilities by an amended ordinance adopted by the Board of Commissioners.
Under the amended ordinance, e-cigarette use is no longer allowed in all vehicles and buildings owned, occupied, or leased to New Hanover County where smoking or use of tobacco products is prohibited. Use of the product will also be prohibited within 50 feet of any public entrance to County facilities.

NC 45th in nation in funding for tobacco prevention programs
Greensboro News & Record - December 9, 2013

WINSTON-SALEM A coalition of public-health advocacy groups has taken North Carolina's elected leaders to task again for keeping the funding spigot cut off for tobacco-prevention programs. The coalition issued today its 15th annual national report that ... Besides the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, coalition members are American Heart Association, Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Americans for Nonsmokers Rights.

Public housing units go smoke free Jan. 1
The Robesonian - November 15, 2013

LUMBERTON - Seven Robeson County public housing complexes will go smoke-free next year, according to Partnership Property Management of Greensboro, the company that manages the apartments.

Leaders could restrict use of e-cigs on county property
WECT-TV6 - November 13, 2013

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) New Hanover County is planning to toughen its prohibition of e-cigarettes on county property.

Asheville apartments to go smoke-free
Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times - November 11, 2013

Smoking will be banned in a number of Western North Carolina apartment complexes as of Jan. 1. Partnership Property Management, which manages various properties in Asheville, Arden, Brevard and Hendersonville, announced this month a smoke-free policy in its units. The company manages about 10,000 apartments in five states, including 1,800 in WNC.

Ban on electronic cigarettes considered
Wilkes Journal Patriot - November 9, 2013

The Wilkes Board of Education is considering revising three school system policies to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes on Wilkes County school property and during any school-sponsored activities. ...

VUSE Sets Course to be Market Leader in E-Cig Category
CSNews Online - November 7, 2013

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- To some, three months may not be enough time to test the waters with a new product. However, for R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. (RJRV), it was enough time to know it had a winner on its hands with its new digital vapor cigarette VUSE.

City apartment complexes to enforce smoking ban on tenants
Lincoln Times-News - November 5, 2013

Some apartment complexes in Lincolnton are opting for a smoke-free environment. Starting Jan. 1, Hillside, Riverside and Woodmont Apartments, along with 246 other properties managed by Partnership Property Management of Greensboro, are scheduled to enact the ban. In a press release, Rick Allen, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PPM, said, the best way to protect our property and our residents from secondhand smoke and the risk of fire is to stop allowing smoking in our buildings.

E-cigarette use slowing infiltrates campus
Old Gold & Black - October 30, 2013

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery operated devices that deliver nicotine via inhaled vapor. This increasingly trendy technology, even on campus, ...

County issues smoking restrictions at courthouses
The Dispatch - October 23, 2013

In 30 days, smoking will limited to smaller, designated areas at the county's two courthouses. The Davidson County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday prohibiting smoking at the Lexington and Thomasville courthouses, except for in limit

New store sells e-cigarettes for quitters
Burlington Times News - October 20, 2013

Wrenn and his wife swear by the products they'll sell, since the e-cigarettes have allowed them to taper off their nicotine intake while quitting smoking. He said ...

Smoke-free housing policies result in fewer fires
Gaston Gazette - October 17, 2013

I'd like to thank local property managers and landlords who are helping reduce the number of fires in Gaston County by making their properties smoke-free.

Candidates Answer Questions From Surfrider Foundation
Island Gazette - October 9, 2013

... Do you support or oppose the regulation of smoking on publicly held land ...

Davidson officials to continue smoking ban talks
High Point Enterprise - October 4, 2013

The Davidson County Baord of Commissioners will discuss again next week longstanding complaints about smoking at the county courthouses.
After hearing from health officials, the board decided Thursday to look just at the possibility of extending a smoking ban on the grounds at the two county courthouses in Lexington and Thomasville. Meanwhile, health officials will discuss smoking regulations with municipal and town leaders.

County mulling smoking changes at courthouses
Lexington Dispatch - October 3, 2013

County health officials were close to approving a list of broader smoking restrictions in 2012, but "things got stalled" when former health director Layton Long ...

Smoking Ban Could Be Expanded
High Point Enterprise - October 2, 2013

DAVIDSON COUNTY Commissioners will take a look Thursday at long-standing complaints about smoking at the County Courthouse. State law gives local governments authority to adopt stricter bans beyond government buildings to other public property. Guilford County has a smoking ban in ...

Seeking outdoor smoking bans can be trouble
High Point Enterprise - September 16, 2013

Guilford County also has a smoking ban in all public buildings that includes city and town buildings. Durham and Orange counties have extended their bans to ...

Public smoking restrictions considered
Greenville Daily Reflector - September 11, 2013

Pitt County health board members will look more closely at further restrictions on public smoking despite enforcement policies that have proven to be ineffective.

Beaufort County Makes County Properties Healthier
Beaufort (NC) Observer - September 11, 2013

Officials in Beaufort County passed a new ordinance that prohibits smoking and the use of other tobacco products and e-cigarettes in County buildings, vehicles and within fifty feet of all County buildings, beginning October 1, 2013. "State law allows Co

Ask SAM: E-cigarettes are not covered by non-smoking laws
Winston-Salem Journal - August 22, 2013

Q: Are e-cigarettes allowed to be used in restaurants and other areas ... Answer: E-cigarettes are not included in the smoking ban, according to Marlon Hunter, ...

Non-smoking signs are inspirational, not effective
The Daily Tar Heel (blog) - August 22, 2013

A new sign featuring a woman blowing bubbles with the tagline Breathe has made its way to downtown Chapel Hill to raise awareness for a county-wide ...

NC has no need to revisit smoking ban
News & Observer - August 22, 2013

When North Carolina enacted a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, some opponents worried those businesses would lose customers. It hasn't happened, ...

Smokers becoming less welcome in apartments
Charlotte Observer - August 15, 2013

Smoking bans are becoming more common across the country, industry ... in 10 states, has earned kudos for banning smoking in a couple dozen facilities.

Cumberland County's outdoor smoking ban part of national trend ...
Fayetteville Observer - August 9, 2013

But Cumberland County is far from the first jurisdiction to ban outdoor smoking. Outdoor smoking bans have nearly doubled in the past five years, with almost ...

Study: Smoking ban has no negative impact on restaurant revenue
Winston-Salem Journal August 7, 2013

North Carolinas ban on smoking in restaurants and bars has had no negative impact on the businesses revenue and employment, a federal study concluded.

Pending smoking ban reveals bill about enforcement at public ...
Jacksonville Daily News - August 5, 2013

Carolina Beach soon could be authorized to enforce an existing smoking ban, thanks to a provision in a coastal policy bill awaiting the governor's signature.

Signs warn of coming smoking ban at Cumberland County ...
Fayetteville Observer August 3, 2013

Signs warn of coming smoking ban at Cumberland County government properties. > ... Smoking is already banned inside county buildings throughout the state.

New Law Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Minors
WUNC - August 1, 2013

Tobacco shop retailers are following a new law that keeps them from selling electronic cigarettes to minors. Many smokers use e-cigarettes as a replacement for tobacco cigarettes. The battery-operated devices heat small amounts of a nicotine solution. Smokers then inhale the vapors.

Law banning e-cig sales to minors takes effect
Winston-Salem Journal July 31, 2013

At North Carolina smoke shops and other retailers, the warning signs are going up: A law banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors takes effect Thursday.

Please ban the smoking of conventional cigarettes on the beach
Island Gazette - July 26, 2013

Now that electronic cigarettes offer an alternative to smoking the real thing, please ban the smoking of conventional cigarettes on the beach for those of us who appreciate the smell of clean, fresh ocean air. In my opinion, theres nothing more disgusting than smelling and breathing someones second hand smoke from 50 yards up the beach.

Cumberland County extends smoking ban at offices, libraries
WRAL.com - July 26, 2013

Cumberland County government offices will become smoke-free campuses beginning in January, officials said Friday. A ban on smoking in all county buildings ...

Grant to aid smoke-free push
Laurinburg Exchange - July 18, 2013

With the help of a statewide grant, a group of concerned local health officials and residents is continuing to wage war on secondhand smoke. The group is installing signs around the Morgan Recreation Complex stating that tobacco use is prohibited at all times.

Burlington details park smoking ban
Burlington Times News - July 17, 2013

A smoking ban in Burlington's city parks will apply only to children's areas, and will be encouraged through voluntary compliance — which could change in the ...

Public hearing tonight for Burlington's proposed park smoking ...
myfox8.com - July 16, 2013

BURLINGTON, N.C. Residents will have a chance to voice opinions on a proposed smoking ban that would affect certain areas in Burlington city parks.

Committee to push no smoking
Laurinburg Exchange - July 16, 2013

The same state law that bans smoking in bars and restaurants also prevents counties ... While saying that she can understand the interest of banning smoking in ...

Smoking bans coming to an apartment building near you
StarNewsOnline.com July 14, 2013

Renter alert. Smoking can hit you where you live. That's especially true if you lease out a single-family home, a major chunk of the Wilmington-area rental market. In fact, some management companies here forbid renters from smoking inside the homes not outside and put the stricture into the lease. It's a trend that's starting to appear nationwide, experts said, though restrictions on apartment dwellers are far less common than on renters of houses.

New Hanover board to enlighten public on e-cigarettes
StarNewsOnline.com - July 11, 2013

The New Hanover County Board of Health on Wednesday passed a resolution encouraging regulation of electronic cigarettes and the study of their health effects.

Health board urges stricter regulations on sale, use of e-cigarettes
Port City Daily - July 10, 2013

Stores like this one on Oleander Drive have increased in number as e-cigarettes have become commonplace. The New Hanover County Board of Health is ...

blu eCigs Voices Its Support For New North Carolina Law ...
Sacramento Bee - June 21, 2013

The purchase or sale of electronic cigarettes to people in North Carolina under age 18 will be illegal as a result of legislation passed by the General Assembly ...

Chapel Hill council snuffs smoking in town vehicles
Durham (NC) Herald Sun - June 19, 2013

Although smoking was already prohibited in many vehicles, including those used to transport the public such as transit buses, employees in town vehicles occupied by only employees could smoke if all riders agreed to allow it.

Health board curious about e-cig sales
WECT-TV6 - June 18, 2013

McCrory to sign a bill that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes, leaders on New Hanover County Board of Health are ready to take a closer look at the ...

Mayors gather in Spencer to hear update on laws, state budget
Salisbury Post - June 6, 2013

A small group of North Carolina mayors gathered in Spencer on Wednesday for a meeting of the Regional Conference of Mayors of the Central Carolinas. ... to forestall include SB 703, which would have prohibited local governments from restricting or banning smoking in parks, beaches and other public areas.

Editorial: Smoking bans: Legislature should respect local decisions
Winston-Salem Journal - June 1, 2013

Legislative service can be intoxicating. Elected to serve, legislators can get the sense that solutions to all of the states troubles are within their grasp. Thats when legislators often overstep their bounds. State Sens. Buck Newton, Brent Jackson and Andrew Brock apparently dont like that many local governments and community colleges have banned outdoor smoking. Theyre the primary sponsors of a bill that would have the legislature supersede all of these local decisions in one fell swoop. Fortunately, the legislature did not find the time to accommodate them.

Ban on sale of e-cigs to minors advances
Winston-Salem Journal - May 30, 2013

E-cigarettes emit a vapor that includes nicotine but without many of the harmful ... Health groups feared e-cigarettes would be freely available in locations where ...

NC bill banning e-cig sales to minors advances
WRAL.com - May 29, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill banning sales of electronic cigarettes to minors in North ... E-cigarettes emit a vapor that includes nicotine but without many of the ...

Beach smoking bans: Wrightsville Beach to enforce, Carolina Beach ...
Port City Daily - May 28, 2013

After several debates about smoking bans on the sand of local beach towns and ... Wrightsville Beach police plan on enforcing the town's smoking ban over the ...

Health advocates oppose NC Senate smoking bill
WAVY-TV-May 22, 2013

... hundreds of local and community college rules restricting smoking outdoors. ... public health progress made in the state since it passed restrictions in 2010, ...

Youth work for tobacco-free parks ($$)
Greenville Daily Reflector - May 21, 2013

Pitt County youth recently asked the Ayden Town Council for a tobacco-free parks policy for the town. Andre Kent made a presentation to the board on behalf of ...

Smokers may soon get to light up in beaches and parks again
Eastern Wake News - May 18, 2013

“There is no apparent limit to the micromanaging that this legislature will consider,” said Russell Killen, mayor of Knightdale, which recently voted to ban smoking at a 70-acre park it plans to open this summer. “I simply cannot understand why this legislature appears to want to remove all local control and have legislators from Manteo to Murphy making all of the decisions on how ... self-reliant small towns shape their communities,” Killen said. … The smoking legislation would affect 15 county governments, 41 municipal governments and 35 of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges that prohibit smoking on all outdoor public grounds, according to the state Division of Public Health. …

NC Senate passes law redefining class for electronic cigarettes
WSOC Charlotte - May 17, 2013

John Wiesehan sells electronic cigarettes, also called "e-cigarettes," to thousands of stores across the country and the Ballantyne business owner said the ...

Editorial: Breathing easier about smoking bans
Durham Herald Sun - May 16, 2013

Finally, it seems like the General Assembly bit off more than it could chew. Or, perhaps more to the point, lit more than it could smoke. State senators apparently overbooked themselves in their ongoing efforts to micromanage North Carolinas municipalities and the clock ran out Thursday on a bill that would have banned local smoking bans that are stricter than state regulations. Buck Newton, the Republican senator from Wilson who sponsored the bill, would have rolled back local government and college campus restrictions on smoking. This despite the fact that North Carolina has made progress on the public health front since the state passed restrictions in 2010.

Effort to block beach smoking ban stalls
StarNewsOnline.com - May 16, 2013

A bill that would have snuffed out local municipalities' rights to limit outdoor smoking hit a significant snag Thursday and is not likely to advance this session. "The bill can go no further as it currently reads," said an aide in the office of Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, one of the bill's sponsors. In November, Wrightsville Beach residents approved by nearly a 2-1 margin banning smoking on the town-owned shorefront, the state's first beach smoking ban.

Outdoor smoking bans likely to stay on the books
WRAL.com - May 16, 2013

Raleigh, N.C. The legislative attempt to overturn outdoor smoking bans in cities, on beaches and on community college campuses has stalled in the Senate ...

Lawmakers split over bill to overturn outdoor smoking bans
Rocky Mount Telegram - May 16, 2013

Health advocates say an N.C. Senate bill would repeal hundreds of local and community college rules restricting smoking outdoors.

Editorial - Effort to snuff smoking bans the latest in a line of assaults on local control
StarNewsOnline.com - May 16, 2013

The concept of home rule is one that Republicans claim to hold dear. People are best equipped to govern themselves at the local level. Yet in Raleigh we are seeing a General Assembly determined to strip local governments, especially some of our major cities, of local control. The latest shot in Raleighs war on local government is a bill that would negate outdoor smoking bans adopted often at the publics request by many local governments and institutions. The bill also would nullify the will of Wrightsville Beach voters who used the democratic process to enact a smoking ban along the beach strand.

Bill would ban outdoor smoking bans
Triangle Business Journal (blog) - May 15, 2013

Because current state law places no restrictions on smoking outdoors, local laws approved or considered by local governments banning outdoor smoking would ...

Health advocates oppose NC Senate smoking bill
WNCN - May 15, 2013

All but two of the state's 58 community colleges allow smoking only within ... 35 have enacted policies banning it entirely on their campuses, according to the North ... the tobacco industry, has lagged behind others in passing smoking bans.

Smokers may soon get to light up in beaches and parks again
Charlotte Observer - May 15, 2013

Triangle towns that currently have some form of outdoor smoking ban on ... Instead, Proulx usually waits until after his last class to smoke a Camel Crush in his ...

Smoking ban rollback wins first vote
WRAL.com - May 14, 2013

Buck Newton, R-Wilson, said blanket bans on smoking in public places ... came to his attention recently when Wrightsville Beach enacted a beach smoking ban.

Tuesday wrap: Calm before crossover storm
WRAL.com - May 14, 2013

Meanwhile, a Senate committee approved a bill that would prevent cities and counties from enacting outdoor smoking bans, although the measure could be ...

Senate bill could change smoking bans on area beaches
WWAY NewsChannel 3 - May 14, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina Senate bill invalidating some local government and community college smoking rules that go farther than state law is up for a committee vote. The bill heads to the Senate Agriculture and Environment Committee Tuesday. The bill leaves intact a local government's authority to bar smoking in state buildings and public places but ends their authority to enact their own laws in outdoor settings. The bill also applies to community college grounds and at outdoor college events.

No smoking on the beach? Not so fast
WECT-TV6 - May 14, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - After months of public, heated debate over the issue of smoking on the beach and a subsequent vote banning it, the topic is coming back to the foreground. Tuesday, the Senate Agriculture/ Environment/ Natural Resources Committee will vote on legislation that would prohibit local governments from regulating outdoor smoking in any manner that is more restrictive than state law.

Smoke-free progress undone by SB 703
Jacksonville Daily News - May 10, 2013

Sound the alarm the smoke alarm! In 2007, North Carolina implemented a very good law that allowed local authority for community colleges to decide whether their buildings and grounds should be smoke-free. Some have chosen to go completely tobacco-free. This was a great step forward the health of North Carolina especially since we now have so many high-school students taking classes on community college campuses. Currently, most community colleges have taken local action to protect students and faculty from the dangers of second-hand smoke, but that could all change if a bill pending in the state Senate gains any traction. Introduced recently, SB 703 would repeal all community college smoking regulations on their campus grounds and eliminate the choice that local community college trustees have in protecting the health of workers and students. That means that with the stroke of a pen, years of local work and effort would be undone in communities across our state many miles from Raleigh and the state legislature.

SCHOFIELD: Blast from the past: Tobacco lobby ramming through deceptive bill that endangers kids
NC Policy Watch (blog) - May 10, 2013

Big tobacco is currently ramming through legislation in both houses of the General Assembly that sounds as if it is all about motherhood and apple pie. The bill (which as been introduced and advanced in both the Senate and the House at the behest ...

Is Meck Co. the next to ban smoking in its parks?

Charlotte Observer - May 9, 2013

On the surface, the choice appears to be a simple one: Should Charlotte-Mecklenburg parks go smoke-free? The countys Parks and Recreation Department has included the question in an ongoing telephone survey of Mecklenburg residents.

Major employers add e-cigarettes to no-tobacco policies
WECT-TV6 May 1, 2013

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) Electronic cigarettes are gaining popularity among smokers, but not all employers are on board with the idea. More and more companies are creating policies for using the smoking alternative at work. E-cigarettes are not allowed anywhere at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and that goes for employees too. A spokesperson for the hospital said administrators recently notified staff about this change.

EDITORIAL: City park smoking ban not a simple decision
Shelby Star - April 22, 2013

EDITORIAL: City park smoking ban not a simple decision ... Even if some types of smoking aren't banned by policy, the power of persuasion and education ...

Town to rely on beach ownership, education to enforce smoking ban
StarNewsOnline.com - April 20, 2013

Without state-granted municipal authority, the town of Wrightsville Beach will be relying on limited borders and educational efforts to enforce its beach smoking ban.

City parks tobacco ban?
Shelby Star - April 17, 2013

Cigarettes. Dip. Snuff. E-cigarettes. All of those may soon be prohibited in one citys parks this summer. Shelby leaders are reviewing a proposed policy banning all tobacco products from city park locations. The city oversees Shelby City and Holly Oak parks.

Wrightsville Beach works on plan to enforce smoking ban on beach
WWAY NewsChannel 3 - April 15, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Last fall Wrightsville Beach became the first non-smoking beach in North Carolina. Now town leaders are deciding how to enforce the ban. The town will post signs at all beach accesses, along with cigarette receptacles to prevent smoking before hitting the sand. Two beach ambassadors will also patrol the beach during the summer to educate tourists.

Havelock commissioners consider smoking ban at parks
New Bern Sun Journal - April 13, 2013

That has raised concerns with Havelock commissioners, who wonder if stronger regulations are needed than the current no-smoking policy currently on the ...

Spring Lake aldermen approve ordinance restricting smoking on ...
Fayetteville Observer-by Drew Brooks - April 9, 2013

SPRING LAKE - Aldermen approved an ordinance restricting smoking on town property Monday, and said goodbye to its town manager. … The smoking ordinance will take effect in six months, officials said. That gives the town time to post signs and send notices to residents in their utility bills. …

Smoking ban on Spring Lake town property to go to a vote
Fayetteville Observer - April 8, 2013

SPRING LAKE - The Board of Aldermen will consider restricting tobacco use in and on town properties when it meets this evening. The smoking ordinance ...

Smoking ban on Spring Lake town property to go to a vote
Fayetteville Observer - April 8, 2013

SPRING LAKE - The Board of Aldermen will consider restricting tobacco use in and on town properties when it meets this evening. The smoking ordinance ...

Bill would close loophole allowing e-cigarette sales to minors
Winston-Salem Journal - April 4, 2013

A bill introduced this week in the N.C. Senate would end a loophole in the state’s tobacco-distribution law related to the use of electronic cigarettes by youths. Senate Bill 530 would amend the law by broadening the list of banned tobacco products to sell and distribute to youths to include vapor products. If passed, it would take effect Dec. 1. …

Lawmakers worry kids could buy electronic cigarettes
WSOC Charlotte - March 30, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ­ Some lawmakers are worried that teens are getting their hands on electronic cigarettes. Many don't contain ingredients usually associated with traditional cigarettes, but do contain nicotine. Because of the wording in the current law that protects minors from tobacco products, some lawmakers worry that kids could buy vapor products at local stores. "Don't give them nicotine­that way they don't get hooked on it young," Ezekiel Haines said. …

OC Health Director Defends Smoking Ban
Chapelboro.com - March 25, 2013

CHAPEL HILL - The Orange County smoking ban is getting town leaders on all sides of the argument fired up. Last week Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, who says he supports anti-smoking efforts, still had strong words for Health Director Colleen Bridger regarding the smoking ban. It went down at a recent meeting with town and county officials. … In response to what Mayor Kleinschmidt had to say, Dr. Bridger released a statement to WCHL: …

OC Smoking Ban Has Some Town Leaders Fired Up
Chapelboro.com - March 24, 2013

CHAPEL HILL- Though he says he supports anti-smoking efforts, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt had strong words for Health Director Colleen Bridger regarding the Orange County smoking ban at a recent meeting with town and county officials. “I personally object to the Board of Health’s extension of jurisdiction over us and commandeering of our police force to handle this, so I will not be telling anyone about this, because my understanding is that the Board of Health will be enforcing it,” said Kleinschmidt. The Board of Health and the Board of County Commissioners approved a smoking ban last fall that is slated to go into full effect in July. The ban prohibits smoking in any public place, including parks, sidewalks and outdoor dining venues. Private vehicles, homes and tobacco shops are exempt. …

Editorial: Stop smoking by hospital
Greenville Daily Reflector - March 22, 2013

It would be nice if banning offensive behavior within certain areas could have the desired effect of immediately stopping the undesirable behavior. Such rules are more likely to create hostility while concentrating the undesired behavior indefinitely just beyond the borders of acceptability. This is the case with smoking bans, which is why many restaurants and other centers of public activity must sometimes be entered through a haze of tobacco smoke. But as the non-smoking culture continues to evolve ­ even where tobacco once provided the economic foundation for practically everything ­ the hostilities and smoke eventually dissipate. …

House bill raises opposing views on beach smoking bans
Port City Daily - March 21, 2013

A state House bill to allow North Carolina’s coastal towns to comfortably enforce their ordinances on state-owned parts of the beach may not be of any help to local beach towns wanting to enforce smoking bans on their sands. Further, the legislator who filed the bill insists beach smoking bans are unlawful to begin with. Rep. Pat McElraft (R-Carteret), who filed House Bill 300 this month, said Friday that although the bill’s language would give municipalities the power to enforce their own ordinances on the state’s ocean beaches, smoking bans are out of the question. “In fact, towns are not allowed to ban smoking at all in the open air,” McElraft said by email. …

Vidant sidewalk smokers beware
Greenville (NC) Daily Reflector - March 17, 2013

Pitt County Board of Health members decided last week that they want to see smoking ended in many public areas throughout the county, beginning with the sidewalks around Vidant Medical Center. At a Tuesday meeting, the nine-member board discussed how they could enlist the cooperation of Greenville and Vidant officials and the public to convince sidewalk smokers to stop. The medical center has a tobacco-free policy throughout its campus, and has no designated smoking areas on its property, but the sidewalks are not within its enforcement jurisdiction, Vidant officials said. …

Asheville Terrace plans to go smoke free
Asheville Citizen-Times - March 11, 2013

Asheville Terrace Apartments, which offers subsidized housing for older adults, plans to ban smoking inside apartments. “We felt very strongly that really it’s long overdue for the health of everybody who occupies the dwelling,” said Lawrence Gilliam, president of the complex’s board. …

Raleigh's Smoke-Free Apartment Communities in High Demand
Commercial Property Executive (blog) - March 9, 2013

Residents at the new Water Garden Village community in northwest Raleigh can breathe easy on the entire 11-acre property. According to WRAL, the recently opened 100 percent smoke-free apartment complex has been successful, leasing within nearly a month of opening. …

Raleigh apartment community goes smoke-free
WRAL.com - March 1, 2013

Raleigh, N.C. ­ here are smoking bans at restaurants, parks and other public places, but apartment communities? The Water Garden Village in northwest Raleigh is a new apartment complex where residents can live without ever dealing with second-hand smoke on the 11-acre property. …

County's health director urging formal smoke-free regs
Sampson Independent - February 28, 2013

Sampson County is one of just 19 counties in the state that does not have formal smoke-free regulations in place for its county buildings. Health director Wanda Robinson wants to change that. … “Secondhand smoke is very dangerous. That still is a part of some of these agencies around here, smoking indoors and that sort of thing. I'd like you to consider ...

Coastal insurance, smoke bans caucused
Lumina News - February 28, 2013

Fair insurance rates for coastal communities and clarification on municipal authority to enforce smoking bans on beaches were among concerns elected officials in New Hanover County recently discussed with state lawmakers. …

Tribe eyes Murphy for casino
Cherokee Scout (subscription)-February 26, 2013

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise is ... according to the Cherokee County Tax Office, the tribe paid $14,680 in taxes in ...

N.C. beach smoking ban hits snag
Triangle Morning Call, Triangle Business Journal - February 26, 2013

An effort at passing legislation that would allow North Carolina coastal towns to ban smoking on their beaches has run into a hitch in the General Assembly over whether localities or the state have …

Beach smoking bans need state support
WECT-TV6 - February 25, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Two coastal communities have smoking bans on the ... Davis said the issue is not the smoking ban itself, instead it's the ability for ...

Smoking ban enforcement bill not gathering much support
StarNewsOnline.com - February 25, 2013

A bill to give New Hanover beach towns the power to enforce smoking bans on the beaches has hit a ‘snag,’ according to one local lawmaker. At the New Hanover County local officials caucus Monday morning, Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti stressed the need for the law that would give the beach towns municipal authority. …

Charlotte Motor Speedway implements smoke-free policy for 2013
Lexington Herald-Leader – February 21, 2013

The following information is posted on the CMS Web site: For the health and comfort of our guests, grandstands and concourses at Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track are smoke-free. This policy also applies to terrace boxes, kids’ play zones, bathhouses and restrooms. ...

E-cigs shifting from ‘fad’ to ‘here to stay’
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal - February 21, 2013

The mainstreaming of electronic cigarettes to consumers is picking up speed, with Lorillard Inc. reported $61 million in sales for fiscal 2012 and capturing 30 percent of the market share, even though it has been in the category less than a year. ...

Rules tougher on tobacco shops
Greenville (NC) Daily Reflector - Fe b 15, 2013

For the second time in two months, the City Council has banned a commercial retailer from downtown and west Greenville, outlawing tobacco shops from the certified redevelopment areas on Thursday, just as it did with Internet cafes in December.

Bill proposed to allow smoking bans on New Hanover beaches
Triangle Business Journal (blog) - February 12, 2013

A glitch in state law has put into question a town’s ability to enforce a smoking ban at most North Carolina beaches. Leaders in both Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach last fall approved a smoking ban at public beach areas, but a conflicting state law says that parts of the beach that have been renourished are under state control. …

Bill considered to allow smoking bans on beaches
Salisbury Post - February 12, 2013

Bill considered to allow smoking bans on beaches ... to be able to enforce the smoking ban from the edge of beachfront private property to the low tide mark.

Bill may ban smoking on NC beaches
My Fox 8 - February 11, 2013

Bill may ban smoking on NC beaches ... WILMINGTON, N.C. ­ A bill to give New Hanover County beach towns the power to enforce smoking bans could go to ...

Davis measuring support for beach smoking ban
WWAY NewsChannel 3 - February 11, 2013

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) -- A bill to give New Hanover beach towns the power to enforce smoking bans on the beaches could go through the state legislature within months. Rep. Ted Davis, (R) New Hanover, is assessing support within the legislature for the bill, and if there is enough backing, he will begin the drafting process, he said. The process could begin in as soon as two weeks, but it could take much longer if reactions aren't primarily positive, he said. …

Answer Man tackles roadside solicitors
Asheville Citizen-Times - February 10, 2013

Question: I know there is a ban on smoking in restaurants in NC, but lately I see pizza delivery cars and the driver is smoking while out delivering pizza. Does the law apply to this? I have decided not to have pizza home delivered as I do not like the odor of stale cigarette smoke on my food. I think the insulated bags would absorb the stench of the cigarettes. …

State proposes smoking ban on community college campuses
Burlington Times News - February 10, 2013

Smoking would be banned from community college campuses in North Carolina if ... Nadelman also has concerns about enforcing a campus-wide smoking ban.

Project promotes tobacco-free policies
Hickory Daily Record - February 8, 2013

HICKORY, N.C. ­ The Tobacco Youth Grant and The Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Project invites Catawba County youth groups to sign up for their “ Tobacco is Harmful, No Butts About It” community service project taking place in March. Participants can register online at www.transform4health.org/no-butts-about-it . …

Council Takes Up Gambling
RhinoTimes.com Greensboro - February 7, 2013

… Only a few video sweepstakes parlors have opened in High Point, but other business owners have complained about them. Wagner seemed to be having a hard time on Monday finding a rationale for the opposition, resorting to the argument that a video sweepstakes parlor in a strip mall had allowed smoking, which let smoke escape through the air-conditioning system into stores in the same mall. …

City eyes smoking ban in park areas where children play
Burlington Times News-February 5, 2013

Burlington's Recreation and Parks Department is pushing for a policy that would prohibit the use of tobacco products in children's activity areas of city parks. ...

Could all North Carolina community colleges become smoke free?
My Fox 8 - February 4, 2013

Graham, N.C.–Several North Carolina Lawmakers introduced a bill in January that would ban smoking on all community college campuses. The bill would even ...

Will smoking be banned at N.C. community colleges?
Morning Report, The Business Journal – February 4, 2013

North Carolina lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban smoking on community college campuses. The bill did not originate from the community college system, and college officials have stayed …

Soon, no smoking on community college campuses in N.C.? ($$)
Triangle BizBlog, Triangle Business Journal – February 1, 2013

State lawmakers introduced a bill that would ban smoking on all community college campuses. The bill did not originate from the community college system, and college officials have stayed mostly …

Winston-Salem considers smoking ban in city parks
My Fox 8-January 30, 2013

Winston-Salem considers smoking ban in city parks ... Everything from full tobacco bans, to no smoking in playgrounds or smoking only in parking areas. Smoker ...

Winston-Salem looks into ban on smoking in city parks
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal - January 29, 2013

The Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department is looking into a ban on smoking in city parks, at the request of council member Molly Leight. …

Town to council resolution affirming county smoking ban
Durham Herald Sun - January 27, 2013

CHAPEL HILL ­ The Town Council will consider a resolution tonight affirming that the smoking ban recently adopted by the Orange County Board of Commissioners applies in town. While the town is in the county, state law allows municipalities to decide whether smoking bans adopted by counties apply within municipal jurisdictions. So, the council will essentially decide whether to opt-in or opt-out of the smoking ban. …

'Thanks From The Bottom Of Our Lungs' – Three Year Anniversary of ...
Hcpress-Jan 23, 2013

Celebrate the Third Birthday of the Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law in North Carolina. Watauga County residents have enjoyed three ...

Spring Lake officials consider smoking restrictions
Fayetteville Observer-January 14, 2013

SPRING LAKE - Town officials are considering restricting smoking within Spring Lake to promote healthier lifestyles and cut down on litter. Proposed restrictions ...

Spring Lake Board of Aldermen to hear smoke-free initiative, see ...
Fayetteville Observer - January 13, 2013

When and where: 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 300 Ruth St. What to expect: Aldermen will be briefed on possible smoke-free initiatives for the town and will get a sneak peak at Spring Lake's new website. …

Study: Most teens support tough smoking bans
The Oshkosh Northwestern - January 13, 2013

The surveys didn't ask students about whether smoking in these areas should ... Among this group, 64 percent said smoking should never be allowed in homes. …

WB aldermen talk restaurant plan, smoking ban, school safety
WWAY NewsChannel 3 - January 11, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- It was a busy night at the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen meeting. The meeting included a new face and talk of a ...

Smoking ban tops BOA's agenda
Lumina News - January 9, 2013

Thursday’s Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen meeting will mark the first with newly hired town manager Tim Owens in attendance, having officially begun his employment with the town on Tuesday, Jan. 8. A meet and greet will be held prior to the board’s meeting at 5 p.m. at Town Hall. Owens will quickly be introduced to the various aspects of the implementation of the town’s recently passed smoking ban due to the number of agenda items that revolve around it. The first of those items involves a presentation from Eagle Scout candidate Andrew Stoycos about his plan to build 18 cigarette butt receptacles to be placed at various beach access locations. Stoycos’ plan states that the receptacles would be constructed of iron casing with caps on both ends and drilled holes where smokers can dispose of their butts. …

Most teens support tough smoking bans
14 News WFIE Evansville - January 9, 2013

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9 (HealthDay News) -- North Carolina, a tobacco-growing state, does a lot to protect smoking: Its cigarette taxes are nearly the lowest in the country, and it only banned smoking in most restaurants, bars and hotels in 2010. But a newly reported survey suggests that its teenagers aren't fans of tobacco. More than 80 percent of 3,805 middle-school students surveyed said smoking shouldn't be allowed at home, indoors at work or in cars. Slightly fewer (78 percent) of 3,301 high-school students were onboard with these restrictions, but most still liked not allowing smoking in homes and a few other places. …

Wrightsville Beach may seek clarity from legislature on smoking ban ...
Port City Daily - January 9, 2013

Wrightsville Beach’s leadership may ask the N.C. General Assembly for a local bill that would make enforcement of the town’s recently enacted beach-strand smoking ban water-tight. With Wrightsville Beach the first North Carolina beach town to ban smoking on the sand, no related court cases exist to firm up local confidence in communicating to beach-goers the absolute limits of the ordinance. …

Big Tobacco has a ball in NC
Institute for Southern Studies / Facing South - January 8, 2013

After helping elect N.C. Gov. McCrory, Reynolds is sponsoring inaugural events. …

County seeking smoking ban fines
Greenville Daily Reflector - January 8, 2013

Pitt County government will ask the local district court to enter a judgment seeking payment of $221,000 in fines from several bars that violated the state's indoor ...

Northampton County government goes smoke free
Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald - January 7, 2013

JACKSON ­ Northampton County is moving forward with No Smoking Ordinances recently passed unanimously by county commissioners by putting up signage across county properties declaring them “No Smoking” zones. …

Third birthday for smoke-free N.C. bars, restaurants
Triangle Morning Call, Triangle Business Journal – January 4, 2013

My, my, how time flies. It's hard to believe we're at the third anniversary of the ban on smoking in bars and restaurants in North Carolina. But that's the case, and many believe we're all healthier …

OC Smoking Ban Takes Effect
Chapelboro.com - January 1, 2013

The beginning of the new year always brings the implementation of new laws and regulations. Locally, January 1 marks the start of Orange County’s ban on smoking in public places. …

Kandra, K.L.; McCullough, A.; Ranney, L.; Goldstein, A.O., "Support among middle school and high school students for smoke-free policies, North Carolina, 2009," Preventing Chronic Disease 10, January 2013.

Aldermen to close holes in smoking ban
StarNewsOnline.com - December 14, 2012

The Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen took steps Thursday to close holes in its smoking ban enforcement issues. The ban, which passed Nov. 6 with the support of about 65 percent of Wrightsville Beach voters, has been plagued with questions about enforcement. …

Town unsure who will enforce smoking ordinance
News of Orange County - December 13, 2012

Though not happy about the countywide smoking ban, the Hillsborough town board has decided to just wait and see what shakes loose. At their Monday, Dec. 10, meeting, board members discussed the implications of Orange County’s ordinance, which was adopted Tuesday, Nov. 20, and prohibits smoking in public places. The board decided­given the question of whether or not such an ordinance can be enforced within the town­the best course of action would be to convey their discomfort with the ban to other municipalities and see where things go from there. …

D.A.R.E. Officers And Parents React To State's Decision To Cut Funding To Tobacco Prevention Programs
WFMY NEWS 2 - December 13, 2012

Piedmont Triad, NC -- Some Triad parents are angry with our state elected officials for cutting funding to a successful state-wide tobacco prevention program. …

Implementation of smoking ban and online streaming up for BOA
Lumina News - December 12, 2012

Since Wrightsville Beach residents approved a referendum ordinance banning smoking on Wrightsville’s beach strand in the November 2012 general election, the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen will now have to decide the best way to implement the ban. A discussion about the smoking ban is slated for the board’s Dec. 13 regular meeting and is the board’s first formal discussion about the ban since the election. During Thursday’s meeting, the aldermen will have a chance to voice their opinions about how to enforce the smoking ban. However, there is not guaranteed to be an outcome from the discussion as the board has tentatively said it hopes to have a plan finalized by spring 2013. …

Some smokers turning to e-cigarettes for fix in smoke-free places
Fayetteville Observer - December 10, 2012

Andy Stockert loves his cigars. But he can't smoke them in the Harnett County barn where he keeps his horses. So a couple of years ago, Stockert switched to ... Since North Carolina banned most indoor smoking in January 2010, e-cigarettes have emerged as an alternative. Smokers have been lighting them up in bars and restaurants, where tobacco is not permitted. …

North Carolina last in protecting kids from tobacco
Burlington Times News - December 7, 2012

... The annual report on states’ funding of tobacco prevention programs, titled "Broken Promises to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 14 Years Later," was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. ...

Sweepstakes owners feel targeted by smoking ban
Burlington Times News - December 5, 2012

Owners of a Burlington Internet sweepstakes business say a new ordinance banning smoking in businesses adjacent to restaurants was approved in haste and that their store has been unfairly targeted. …

Bar owners protest state smoking ban
The Daily Tar Heel - December 3, 2012

State bar owners have been raising opposition to the statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants, claiming to legislators and courts that the ban is ruining their business.
While restaurants have come to appreciate the ban’s unforeseen effect of increasing sales, the president of the N.C. Bar, Pub & Tavern Association recently wrote a letter to the N.C. General Assembly urging legislators to exclude profit-making bars from the ban. …

Sanders, A.E.; Slade, G.D.; Ranney, L.M.; Jones, L.K.; Goldstein, A.O., "Valuation of tobacco control policies by the public in North Carolina: comparing perceived benefit with projected cost of implementation," North Carolina Medical Journal 73(6): 439-447, November-December 2012.

...This contingent valuation study investigated whether the public's valuations of 2 tobacco control policies outweighed their implementation costs. In a hypothetical referendum, a representative sample of North Carolinians aged 45-64 years (n = 644) was asked to indicate whether they would prefer a policy that would halve the youth smoking rate or one that would reduce smoking-related deaths by 10%, and to indicate how much additional tax they would be willing to pay to implement their preferred policy. This willingness-to-pay value formed the perceived "benefit" component in a cost-benefit analysis. Costs to halve youth smoking were calculated from evidence about the resources required to increase the state tobacco excise tax. Costs to reduce tobacco-related deaths were based on evidence about the resources required for a counseling quitline offering free nicotine replacement therapy. ...

Restaurant groups, health advocates talking up smoking ban
WRAL.com - November 27, 2012

… So a couple of recent letters talking up the ban caught @nccapitol's attention. One from the N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association talked up the positive aspects of the ban for the group's members. The letter is all the more remarkable because during the 2009 smoking ban fight, the association was officially neutral to – and unofficially skeptical of – the ban. …

Countywide smoking ban approved last week
The Daily Tar Heel - November 26, 2012

Orange County Commissioner Earl McKee has seen firsthand the negative effects of smoking ­ but he doesn't think the county should have the power to ban ...

Burlington bans smoking in businesses next to restaurants
Business Journal – November 26, 2012

Burlington will ban smoking in businesses adjacent to restaurants beginning Saturday, the Burlington Times-News reports. North Carolina bans smoking in restaurants and the city aims …

Burlington alters smoking law
Burlington (NC) Times-News - November 21, 2012

Burlington's City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the city's smoking ordinance Tuesday, effectively banning smoking in businesses adjacent to restaurant beginning Dec. 1. . . . The new amendment will help ensure smoke from nearby businesses

Orange County bans smoking in public places
WRAL.com - November 21, 2012

Orange County bans smoking in public places ... The ban also extends to private property where the public is invited. The University of North Carolina at Chapel ...

Smoking banned from Wrightsville Beach
SurferToday (NC) - November 20, 2012

Smoking has been banned from Wrightsville Beach, in USA. It is the first beach in North Carolina to ban smoking on its sands. Wrightsville Beach is one of the ...

City closer to amending smoking law
Burlington Times News (NC) - November 9, 2012

The amendment drafted in June read: smoking shall be prohibited in enclosed ... this week, Bateman produced another draft of the ordinance that would make ...

Editorial - Passion fuels opposition to stadium, support for beach ...
StarNewsOnline.com - November 9, 2012

Baseball's a no-go, as is smoking on Wrightsville Beach. Tuesday's election was about more than deciding which people would better lead the region, state and nation. It was also about deciding on the direction of our community. …

Voters Approve No Smoking At Wrightsville Beach
WITN - November 8, 2012

Lawmakers have debated the smoking ban for for nearly two years in Wrightsville Beach and Tuesday voters approved it. Some beach goers we talked with on ...

After the smoke clears
Lumina News - November 7, 2012

In response to the referendum ordinance banning smoking on the beach strand of Wrightsville Beach, the town's registered voters chose to vote for the ban by a ...

Raleigh Bans Smoking at Bus Stops
Raleigh Public Record - November 7, 2012

Smokers who want to light up on the Moore Square Station platform will have to take a walk. Tuesday Raleigh City Councilors approved a smoking ban within 25 ...

Northampton bans use of tobacco products
Roanoke Chowan News Herald - November 6, 2012

On Monday, following a public hearing to take comments, the Northampton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that prohibits smoking and the use of other tobacco products in county buildings, vehicles and grounds. …

Editorial - The burning question is whether to ban smoking
StarNewsOnline.com - November 2, 2012

…And fumes drifting in the ocean breeze can be unpleasant for nonsmokers who ... It's also understandable why many people, smokers and nonsmokers alike, ...

Voters set to decide smoking ban in Wrightsville Beach
StarNewsOnline.com - October 27, 2012

The three-year debate whether to outlaw smoking on the Wrightsville Beach strand will end ... the beach community's unique position for implementing these types of bans. ... Like Carolina Beach that passed a ban on smoking earlier this year ...

North Carolina's Tobacco Workers Stand to Benefit From State's Strong Farmworker Union
Truth-Out - October 29, 2012

... starts to feel that heady sensation you get from smoking the first cigarette of the day. .... showers and toilets, lack of heat or ventilation, and insect infestations.

Orange health board OKs new smoking ban
Burlington Times News - October 26, 2012

The Orange County Board of Health voted 10-1 in favor of a rule to ban smoking in public places Wednesday night. The rule, however, won't go into effect unless the Orange County Board of Commissioners also votes to approve the ban. …

Orange County Board of Health backs strict smoking ban
News & Observer - October 25, 2012

HILLSBOROUGH -- The Orange County Board of Health voted 10-1 in favor of a countywide ban on public smoking after hearing residents’ comments about the ban Wednesday night in Hillsborough. The ban now goes to the Orange County Board of Commissioners, which will vote Nov. 20 whether to approve the ban law following a public hearing. If the ban goes into effect, smokers will not be able to light up on sidewalks, parks or property owned by the city or county. …

County Board of Health passes smoking ban
The Daily Tar Heel - October 25, 2012

Passed in a 10-1 vote, the Smoke-Free Public Places Rule would prohibit smoking at bus stops, sidewalks, parks, shopping malls and any other public domain.

Voters will decide on smoking ban
Lumina News - October 24, 2012

One of the many decisions to be made by Wrightsville voters this election is the fate of the proposed smoking ban on Wrightsville Beach. The Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen voted 3-2 against it on March 8, 2012. On April 12, a citizens’ group presented a petition forcing the board to revote or send the ban to a referendum ballot. Again, Mayor David Cignotti and Alderman Bill Sisson voted for the ban. Aldermen Darryl Mills and Elizabeth King and Mayor Pro Tem Susan Collins voted against it. …

Surfrider Foundation members pushing for WB smoking ban
WECT-TV6 - October 24, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – With less than two weeks before Election Day, there's a hard push to get a smoking ban passed at Wrightsville Beach.

Orange Co. to consider expanding smoking ban
NBC17.com - October 24, 2012

Orange County residents will have the chance to weigh in on a proposed smoking ban at a public hearing tonight. The Orange County Board of Health is ...

Non-residents want their voices heard in smoke ban vote
WECT-TV6 - October 22, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Polls are open for early voting and thousands of residents in Wilmington have already cast their ballots. A much smaller ...

News Around Town: Glenwood Wins Playground; Smoke-Free OC?
Chapelboro.com - October 22, 2012

ORANGE COUNTY - The Orange County Board of Health has proposed a rule to make all public places smoke-free. Similar to the policy that Durham County ...

No more smokes for Wilmington’s city workers?
Triangle Morning Call, Triangle Business Journal – October 12, 2012

There’s bad news for all city workers who like to take a smoke break down in the Port City: The City of Wilmington is mulling over the option of prohibiting its workers from smoking on the job. …

Smoking may get parked
Laurinburg Exchange - October 11, 2012

Scotland County parks could be smoke free by next summer, county Health Director Wayne Raynor told a recreation advisory board on Wednesday. … There are a total of 233 municipalities that have instituted such bans. North Carolina prohibited smoking in most bars and restaurants in 2010. Raynor said a ban ...

Lee, J.G.; Goldstein, A.O.; Klein, E.G.; Ranney, L.M.; Carver, A.M., "Assessment of college and university campus tobacco-free policies in North Carolina," Journal of American College Health 60(7): 512-519, October 2012.

Conclusions: Clean indoor air policies are present at all but 1 NC college/university campus, and a growing number have enacted broad outdoor limits to protect students, faculty, and staff from secondhand smoke. Policy census approaches across all other states would quantify the national tobacco-free college campus policy environment and facilitate adoption of tobacco-free campus policies.

Smoking ban has potential to affect smoke shops' business
The Daily Tar Heel - October 7, 2012

When Expressions owner Angela Lanza first heard of the proposed ban on smoking in public places in Orange County, she was not surprised. But she is against the ban, and said there is no need to limit smoking more than it already has been.

There are better ways to curb smoking
The Daily Tar Heel - October 5, 2012

The Smoke-Free Public Places ban the Orange County Board of Health has proposed is a great idea in theory, but in practice may prove to be an unrealistic and unreasonable solution to the problem of second-hand smoke. … There is a way that they could smoke in public without posing a threat to nonsmokers' health. Designated smoking areas would provide a place for people to ...

Input sought on smoking rule
The Carrboro Citizen - October 4, 2012

The Orange County Board of Health is seeking input from those who live and work in Orange County about the proposed smoke-free rule. The public can provide input through …

Smoking ban garners positive feedback in survey
Daily Tar Heel (UNC) - October 3, 2012

The board has initiated a public input period from Sept. 27 to Oct. 24, and residents are encouraged to participate in an online survey about the ban. So far, feedback on the survey has been overwhelmingly positive.

Orange County mulls butt ban
Chapel Hill News (NC) - October 3, 2012

Every respondent supported banning smoking in government vehicles, with nearly all also supporting a ban in elevators, galleries, libraries and museums, child

OC Board Of Health Contemplates Broad Smoking Ban
Chapelboro.com - September 30, 2012

HILLSBOROUGH – Orange County public spaces may be cigarette smoke-free soon if government support for a smoking ban continues. A recent Board of ...

Orange County could expand smoking ban
NBC17.com - September 26, 2012

Orange County's ban is similar to the one that took affect in Durham in August. "This will be a way to protect people from second-hand smoke," said Pamela ...

Expanding the smoking ban infringes on rights
The Daily Tar Heel - September 25, 2012

The proposed ban is too broad in that it does not differentiate between high- and low- traffic areas. Banning smokers from Franklin Street is much different than ...

Secondhand smoke would be prevented by ban
The Daily Tar Heel - September 25, 2012

While smokers might have to leave their smoking to when they're at home, the proposed smoking ban would be a good step toward making Orange County a ...

Orange County to consider broader smoking ban
Burlington Times News - September 24, 2012

HILLSBOROUGH - Orange County is considering expanding its ban on smoking to cover a greater range of public places including bus stops and public sidewalks.
As a part of its 2012-2014 strategic plan, the Orange County Board of Health reviewed research on tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure and existing state and county smoke-free policies. …

County considers updating smoking ban
The Daily Tar Heel - September 24, 2012

Smokers in Orange County might not be lighting up in public anymore if the Orange County Board of Health passes a proposed rule to ban smoking in public places. …

Editorial - Judge made right call on smoking ban violation
StarNewsOnline.com - September 24, 2012

The New Hanover County Board of Health was not acting arbitrarily or with intent to hurt business when it fined a local restaurant $1,200 for violating the state ban on smoking in an enclosed area. It was doing its job, which is to protect public health. …

Complaints lead to change in Garland's new smoke-free mandate
Sampson Independent - September 20, 2012

Just a week after the town of Garland put in place an ordinance banning smoking in all the town’s facilities, vehicles and grounds, as well as other public places throughout the town’s limits, the board repealed the “grounds” portion of that ordinance that governs outside areas. ..

Garland bans smoking
Sampson Independent - September 18, 2012

The town of Garland has enacted an ordinance that bans smoking in all the town’s facilities, as well as public places throughout the town’s limits, following a recent public hearing during which no one spoke in opposition. …

Carolina Beach is on the right track
Winston-Salem Journal - August 21, 2012

Well, the town of Carolina Beach, south of Wilmington, has decided that on balance, a beach smoking ban makes sense. It could become the first Tar Heel ...

Saunders: Outdoor smoking bans snuff our right to light
News & Observer - August 19, 2012

Already, smoking has been banned in many public spaces – outdoor spaces – in ... quickly noting that it was the county government, not city, that passed the ban, ... County Board of Commissioners was considering banning smoking in parks. …

On Carolina Beach, sand and surf, but no smoke
Charlotte Observer - August 17, 2012

Carolina Beach is taking steps to become the state's first smoke-free beach. …

Mixed ideas on smoking ban at state level
WECT-TV6 - August 16, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Smoking bans are all the buzz at the three beach towns in New Hanover County, and leaders in Carolina Beach are the first to approve one. They'll need some assistance from state lawmakers to back the ban if they intend to enforce it. ...

Carolina Beach moves to make beach smoke-free
Sacramento Bee (NC) - August 15, 2012

The Town Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to pass an ordinance banning beach smoking. But the ... Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. ... However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice.

Carolina Beach council to talk smoking ban and flag regulations
WECT (NC) - August 14, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Supporters of a smoking ban at Carolina Beach will be wearing blue Tuesday night during a public hearing. The Town of ...

Smoking Ban Not Likely In Carolina Beach; Poll Shows Support
Island Gazette (NC) - Aug 11, 2012

The Carolina Beach Town Council was informed earlier this week they do not have legal authority to ban smoking on the beach. The Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a proposed ban on August 14.

Survey results released on Carolina Beach smoking ban
WWAY NewsChannel (NC) August 13, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Through a survey sent out via email last month, town leaders asked 122 Chamber of Commerce members about their ...

Local group trying to keep smoking ban ordinance alive
WECT-TV6 - August 7, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - The fight for a smoking ban ordinance is not over yet -- the Cape Fear chapter of the Surfrider organization is working hard to keep it on Carolina Beach's agenda. …

Expanding smoking ban the right move
Durham Herald Sun (blog) - August 3, 2012

Surely, the juxtaposition was not lost on anyone who was present on Wednesday at a celebration marking the Durham County Board of Health’s Smoking Rule taking effect. The event took place at the American Tobacco Campus, at what was once the home of the American Tobacco Co. and Liggett & Myers. …

Carolina Beach Council Opinions Indicate Beach Smoking Ban Likely
Island Gazette - August 2, 2012

The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider a proposed ordinance to implement a ban on smoking on the beachfront at their August 14, regular meeting. …

Editorial: Smoking Ban: Sounds Nice On Paper: Reality Check
Island Gazette - August 2, 2012

Sure, it sounds nice on paper but if the Town of Carolina Beach adopts a smoking ban, short of doubling their police force and buying 20 more ATV's for officers to ride up and down the beachfront, it will be just that, only something that looks good on paper. The Town has issued zero tickets for littering on the beach in Town limits this year-to-date. Tickets for dogs on the beach are few and far between. …

Smoking Ban; Cooler Thinking Should Prevail...
Island Gazette - August 2, 2012

There are currently no beaches in N.C. that have a smoking ban in effect at this ... non-smokers until all smoking is banned except on their own private property; ...

Smoking ban in Carolina Beach appears snuffed out
WECT-TV6 - August 2, 2012

In July, council started considering a ban on parts of the beach. No beach community currently bans smoking on the beach in North Carolina. Copyright 2012 ...

Expanded public smoking ban in Durham begins Wednesday
WRAL.com (NC) - August 1, 2012

Expanded Durham smoking ban ... will begin enforcing a new rule that bans smoking in many public places. ... The ban also includes city and county buildings, trails and parks and the Durham Station Transportation Center and Train Station.

Carolina Beach leaders have different opinions of proposed ...
WECT-TV6 - July 30, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Leaders in Carolina Beach are now looking at the reason for proposing a smoking ban. The two big arguments are trash on ...

Smokers mixed on Raleigh's proposed bus-stop smoking ban
WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC) - Jul 25, 2012

Capital City bus riders are mixed about the Raleigh City Council's recent decision to back a policy that bans smoking at major Capital Area Transit bus stops.

Pinehurst Bans Tobacco, Guns at Parks
Southern Pines Pilot (NC) - July 25, 2012

The village of Pinehurst has banned tobacco use and concealed handguns at ... there if we were to try to enforce it," Wagner said of banning tobacco at the track. ... The county has a similar smoking ban at its athletic facilities, Wagner said, and ...

Raleigh City Council Bans Smoking Within 25 Feet Of Bus Stops
The Raleigh Telegram - July 21, 2012

RALEIGH – Smokers soon will no longer be able to light one up while waiting at major Capital Area Transit (CAT) bus stops. The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously today to endorse a no-smoking policy at major CAT boarding locations. The Raleigh Transit Authority recommended the City Council adopt the policy in response to complaints. …

Kure Beach Town Council can't rule on smoking ban; road will close ...
WECT-TV6 - July 20, 2012

Kure Beach leaders realized they can't make a decision on a smoking ban for their beaches. At Thursday night's meeting, they found out that decision has to come from the state because the town doesn't own the property. …

Huntersville commissioners ban smoking in parks
Huntersville (NC) Herald - July 22, 2012

The Town Board of Commissioners voted Monday to ban smoking in public parks, on greenways and at the Aquatic Center, but opted against a tobacco-free policy that also would have banned smokeless tobacco products. …

Town parks are now 'smoke-free'
Charlotte Observer – Lake Norman News, July 20, 2012

The resolution was one of the last items the board voted on during their three-hour meeting, but they didn’t approve the version on the agenda. Through a series of substitute motions and withdrawals, they finally voted 4-2 to make Huntersville parks “smoke-free,” effective immediately. Commissioners Danny Phillips and Ron Julian were the “no” votes. …

Pleasure Island Chamber sponsors survey on proposed smoking bans
WWAY NewsChannel 3 - July 19, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- The Pleasure Island of Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a survey about proposed smoking bans in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. An e-mail with the link to the online survey says the "data will be tabulated and shared with our Members and the respective Town Councils." …

New rule bans smoking at Durham parks, bus stops
NBC17.com - July 19, 2012

Poll: Should Hookah Bars Be Included In The Statewide Smoking Ban? File photo ... Starting August 1, the Board of Health Smoking Rule will go into effect. …

Reader Input On Proposed Smoking Ban
Island Gazette - July 19, 2012

The Island Gazette posed the question to our Facebook friends: What do you think about the proposal in Carolina Beach to ban smoking on the beach? Here are their responses. Please note that some responses are a dialogue or reply to other comments on the topic. Also, we've posted two polls. One on our "Island Gazette Newspaper" Facebook page and another on our website at www.islandgazette.net Here are the responses to the question: …

Editorial: Smoking Ban: Give and Inch, Take a Mile
Island Gazette - July 19, 2012

Editorial: Smoking Ban: Give and Inch, Take a Mile .... Ultimately, our society is trending towards bans on all manner of items. ... If the argument on smoking is that cigarette butts should be banned because they are litter, common sense dictates ...

Huntersville outlaws smoking in parks; Mecklenburg considers similar ban
NBC6 WCNC-TV (Charlotte, NC) - Jul 17, 2012

The move - which must be approved by park and recreation staff as well as county commissioners - could add Mecklenburg to a growing number of local governments in North Carolina that restrict or prohibit tobacco use in public parks. ...

Raleigh leaders back smoking ban at major bus stops
WRAL.com (NC) - July 17, 2012

The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday backed a policy that bans smoking at major ... Given the choice between banning smoking and banning illegal political ...

FIRST ON 3: Reactions mixed as Carolina Beach considers smoking ...
WWAY NewsChannel 3 - July 6, 2012

Another area beach town is considering snuffing smoking on the sand. The Town of Carolina Beach wants public input next week on whether to ban smoking on ...

Another beach town considers smoking ban
WECT-TV6 - July 5, 2012

Another coastal community in New Hanover County is considering a smoking ban on ... what residents have to say about banning cigarette butts from the beach. …

Burlington City Council postpone proposed smoking ban
My Fox 8 (NC)- June 19, 2012

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- City leaders have postponed public discussion on the proposed changes to a smoking ban on Tuesday.According to a Burlington ...

Ban on ballot
Lumina News (NC) - June 13, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Wrightsville's registered voters will decide whether to ban smoking on the beach strand during a special referendum ballot on Nov.

Kickback Jack's challenges smoking ban
StarNewsOnline.com (NC) June 6, 2012

The restaurant was fined $1200 for violations of the state's smoking ban ... the restaurant owners and the results of an environmental tobacco smoke study, in the ...

A North Carolina town is moving forward with what would be the ...
WFMY News 2 - June 8, 2012

Wrightsville Beach, NC-- A North Carolina town is moving forward with what would be the state's first ban on smoking at a beach. Town leaders in Wrightsville Beach unanimously voted Thursday to hold a referendum on the November ballot. The action came after more than two years of consideration and a recent 230-person petition to the city's board of aldermen. …

Wrightsville Beach aldermen to meet on smoking ban petition
WWAY NewsChannel 3 - June 7, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- After a lot of controversy, the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss a ...

Smoking could soon be banned at Wrightsville Beach
WECT-TV6 - June 7, 2012

... soon become the first beach in North Carolina to ban smoking on the sand. ... sports Wilmington, NC Smoking could soon be banned at Wrightsville Beach ...

A Burlington Restaurant is Dealing with Migrating Smoke from Neighboring Business
WFMY (NC) News 2 - June 6, 2012

Remember the days when going out for dinner meant second-hand smoke and the smell of cigarettes? That all went away in 2010 when state law banned ...

Slashing anti-tobacco programs will cost money, lives
Durham Herald Sun (blog) - June 5, 2012

The North Carolina legislature is poised to dramatically reduce and probably eventually eliminate the state’s nationally recognized tobacco use prevention and cessation program. … High school smoking rates have dropped to historic lows, from 27 percent to 15 ... students and 27000 employees on campuses from secondhand smoke. …

Wrightsville Beach considers smoking ban
WNCT (NC) - May 29, 2012

That means Wrightsville Beach leaders can either approve the ban or put it up for a vote by the whole town. The ordinance bans smoking in the sand, but not in ...

No smoking on Wrightsville sand?
Triangle Morning Call, Triangle Business Journal 5/29/2012

In Wrightsville Beach, a move is afoot to ban smoking while lolling in the sand. The New Hanover County Board of Elections approved a petition to ban smoking on the beach. Now it's up to town leaders …

Potential smoking ban fires up again in Wrightsville Beach
WWAY NewsChannel 3 (NC) May 23, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- The push for a smoking ban in Wrightsville Beach has fired up again. After the Board of Aldermen voted against a ban, ...

Smoking ban petition verification complete
Lumina News (NC)- May 23, 2012

Wrightsville Beach's proposed cigarette smoking ban issue will soon take a new turn. Verification could force a town board that voted against the measure to ...

N.C. woman sends anti-smoking message
Charlotte Observer - May 21, 2012

It may be one of the most startling anti-smoking commercials you'll ever see. ... She continued to smoke during radiation therapy. “I don't know what I was ...

High court could hear smoking case ($$)
Greenville Daily Reflector - May 19, 2012

Four Greenville nightclubs that lost the right to allow indoor smoking when the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Pitt County Health Department have taken their case to the N.C. Supreme Court. A statewide no-smoking law that pertains to most bars and restaurants took effect on Jan. 2, 2010. The ban prohibits smoking in public places and places of ...

NC man’s anti-smoking message outlives him, but it's in peril
Raleigh (NC) News & Observer - May 12, 2012

RALEIGH -- More than a year after Justin Andrews died of lung cancer, the TV ads he made as he was still fighting the disease continue to air, as part of an anti-smoking campaign called Tobacco Reality Unfiltered, or TRU. …

Town leaders may reconsider smoking ban for 3rd time
WECT-TV6 - May 11, 2012

Leaders in Wrightsville Beach could have to consider a smoking ban on the beach for a third time, and time is running out for the need to hold a special ...

Pitt County Commissioners Approve Smoking Ban For Its Offices ...
WITN - May 7, 2012

Pitt County commissioners voted Monday morning to ban smoking in all county owned buildings and vehicles. County manager Scott Elliot says the smoking ban ...

Smoking policies debated by board
Greenville (NC) Daily Reflector - May 7, 2012

The Pitt County Board of Commissioners will consider adopting a policy prohibiting smoking in county buildings and vehicles during its 9 a.m. meeting today.

Blue Ridge Terrace going smoke-free on June 1
McDowell News - Apr 28, 2012

Residents who live at Blue Ridge Terrace, particularly those who like to smoke, are being told to take their habit elsewhere. The apartment complex onCarson Streetgoes smoke-free on June 1. Judy Lail, manager of Blue Ridge Terrace, said the decision was based on the health effects of secondhand smoke to residents and the overall cost. …

Durham prepares for outdoor smoking ban
NBC17.com - April 24, 2012

The push is on to get out the word about Durham’s new outdoor smoking ban. The ordinance will ban smoking on sidewalks, in parks and other public outdoor spaces beginning ... A 1993 ordinance banned indoor smoking in public spaces. …

Dare bans smoking on parks and rec grounds
The Outer Banks (NC) Voice - Apr 23, 2012

After declining to ban tobacco use completely on county-owned property, Dare commissioners have struck a compromise to reduce litter and risks from ...

Non-smoking ban petitions to be turned over to election board
Lumina News (NC) - April 18, 2012

by Marimar McNaughton For the first time in public, Wrightsville Beach aldermen acknowledged the impact of a grassroots effort to ban cigarette smoking on ...

Beach Residents Push For Smoking Ban
WXII The Triad - April 13, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC -- Advocates of a smoking ban on a North Carolina beach are not giving up even though the local governing board just rejected the ...

Wrightsville Beach residents push for ban
StarNewsOnline.com - April 12, 2012

… She returned Thursday to tell the board that she continues to be committed to the cause of a smoke-free beach. Since August 2010, she has helped to pick up ...

The Cumberland County Health Department is drafting an ordinance ...
Fayetteville Observer - April 13, 2012

The Cumberland County Health Department is drafting an ordinance that could ban smoking anywhere on the grounds of county buildings with a connection to the Health Department: the health and social services campus on Ramsey Street, and the Historic Courthouse on Gillespie Street, which houses some environmental health workers. ...

Petition circling to ban smoking on Wrightsville Beach
WECT-TV6 (NC) - March 29, 2012

Wrightsville Beach Alderman voted against a ban to keep smoking off their beach, but the issue is still burning. …

Smoking ban petition could reverse aldermen's decision
by Tyler Roberts
Lumina News - March 28, 2012

A new petition may have the power to nudge the board of aldermen to revisit its March 8 decision to vote against a proposed smoking ban on ...

Pitt County Office-Smoking Prompts New Policy
WCTI NewsChannel12 (New Bern, North Carolina), 2012-03-27

Concerns of second-hand smoke inhalation have Pitt County commissioners voting to establish an indoor smoking policy.

Pitt County Commissioners Discuss Smoking Ban In County Offices
WITN (NC) - March 26, 2012

Last week, the state declared no smoking in bars and restaurants And Monday night, the issue of smoking in Pitt County buildings was brought to the commissioners meeting. After a number of complaints from non-smoking county workers, Pitt County commissioners discussed the idea of banning smoking in all county buildings. …

Health board likely to advise tobacco ban on county-owned property
Lexington Dispatch - March 26, 2012

The Davidson County Board of Health heard from concerned residents Monday night speaking out a public forum as the board wrestles with a proposed ban on a tobacco use on county property and in county vehicles. ...

Editorial - Court ruling means restaurant, bar patrons can keep smoke off menu
StarNewsOnline.com - March 22, 2012

North Carolinians will continue to enjoy smoke-free dining and breathe clean air in nightclubs, thanks to a unanimous Court of Appeals, which ruled this ...

Editorial: Flawed smoking ban affirmed
Greenville Daily Reflector - March 22, 2012

... businesses to overturn the state's 2009 ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. ... have been to allow cities to pass independent smoking bans, so Cary, ...

Court upholds Pitt smoking ban
Greenville Daily Reflector - March 21, 2012

By Kj Williams The NC Court of Appeals has upheld a ban on smoking indoors at four Greenville nightclubs, the only for-profit bars where smoking has been ...

EDWARDS v. PITT COUNTY HEALTH DIRECTOR
Leagle.com (NC) - March 21, 2012

... American Lung Association, American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Action Network, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, Tobacco Control Legal ...

NC Appeals Court upholds state smoking ban
Charlotte Observer - March 21, 2012

Owner Don Liebes says his business should be exempt from the indoor smoking ban. A three-judge panel struck down a lower court ruling in which the owners of ...

Statewide smoking ban withstands court challenge
Greensboro News & Record - March 21, 2012

By Winston-Salem Journal The NC Court of Appeals unanimously upheld Wednesday a statewide ban on smoking inside bars and restaurants.

Club Owner Says Smoking Ban is an Attack on Rights
WNCT March 21, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) - The North Carolina Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld a state ban on smoking inside bars and restaurants. ...

State appeals court upholds smoking ban in bars
Greensboro (NC) News & Record - March 20, 2012

AP RALEIGH (AP) ­ The state Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld a state ban on smoking inside bars and restaurants. The ruling filed today strikes down …

Judge throws out Zebulon BP case
News & Observer - March 15, 2012

RALEIGH -- Tactics used by the Wake County health department to enforce a statewide smoking ban escaped judicial review on Wednesday when a district judge threw out a legal challenge because of improperly filed paperwork. …

Davidson Co. officials propose smoking ban in county buildings
My Fox 8 - March 15, 2012

NC ­ Davidson County health officials have proposed a ban on smoking and other uses of tobacco in county buildings and vehicles and on county property. …

Up in smoke, ban fails
Lumina (NC) News - March 14, 2012

With unenforced littering and alcohol consumption ordinances already on the books, opponents of the smoking ban questioned the validity of putting yet one ...

Zebulon BP fights Wake over smoking fine
Eastern Wake News (NC) March 13, 2012

By Paul A. Specht, aspecht@newsobserver.com ZEBULON - Smoking ban enforcement tactics used by Wake County Health and Human Services go under the microscope ...

Wrightsville Beach snuffs out beach smoking ban
BlueRidgeNow.com - March 9, 2012

AP A North Carolina beach community has snuffed out a proposal to ban people from smoking on the beach. Wrightsville Beach aldermen voted 3-2 on Thursday ...

Girls Can! to join efforts with Kick Butts Day
Richmond County (NC) Daily Journal - March 9, 2012

As part of the Kick Butts Day celebration, Girls Can! participants are given presentations about how smoking as well as secondhand smoke affects everyone, ...

Could Area Beaches Ban Smoking?
WITN - March 9, 2012

A proposed ban on smoking at Wrightsville Beach has some wondering if officials ... While smoking bans aren't something beach goers will have to worry about ...

Wrightsville Beach Aldermen reject smoking ban
WECT-TV6 - March 8, 2012

This man showed his support of the smoking ban by wearing a "breathe easy, keep it clean, SMOKE-FREE WB" T-shirt. Folks showed up early to the meeting to ...

Woman collects more than 40000 butts off beach; says ban is necessary (VIDEO)
WWAY NewsChannel 3 - March 8, 2012

As the town prepares for the 2012 tourist season, the Board of Aldermen are also considering a new smoking ban. Locals say they plan to speak out about this ...

Wrightsville Beach considers smoking ban
Greensboro News & Record - March 8, 2012

... a crowd when they hold a public hearing about banning smoking on the beach. ... Beach would be the first beach in North Carolina to adopt the ban, ...

WB leaders expect crowd for smoking ban public hearing
WBTV - March 8, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – Leaders in Wrightsville Beach will hold a public hearing Thursday night about a potential smoking ban on the beach. …

Smoking ban hearing expected to ignite local opinion
Lumina News - March 8, 2012

by Marimar McNaughton As of press time on March 7, more than 1000 individuals and a few East and West coast beach towns that have banned smoking in their ...

Public hearing set on potential county tobacco use ban
Lexington (NC) Dispatch - March 8, 2012

By David Bodenheimer The Davidson County Board of Health has scheduled a public hearing later this month to hear citizen feedback on a tobacco use ban on ...

Smoking ban may expand to outdoors
Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times - March 7, 2012

The Black Mountain Health Initiative wants the Town of Black Mountain to expand its smoking ordinance to prohibit smoking outdoors on Town-owned property ...

Editorial - Just how enforceable would a smoking ban be on ...
StarNewsOnline.com (NC)- March 7, 2012

...nonsmoker argument, is whether the ban can be enforced successfully. ... And local governments have considered banning smoking outside their buildings or in ..

Wrightsville Beach to discuss smoking ban
StarNewsOnline.com (NC), March 4, 2012

…If passed, Wrightsville Beach will be the first beach town in North Carolina to ban smoking on the beach strand. … Sources: American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, Eduard Ariza and Stephen P. Leatherman's "No-Smoking Policies and Their Outcomes on US Beaches" The meeting ...

74% of North Carolina Voters Support Funding Tobacco Prevention ...
Sacramento Bee - February 22, 2012

By Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids RALEIGH, NC, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new statewide survey released today shows that North Carolina ...

County to discuss banning all tobacco products in parks
Salisbury (NC) Post - Feb 18, 2012

The playground behind Upright is a non-smoking already, but a public hearing ... The playground at Dan Nicholas Park is a non-smoking area but a public ...

Restrictions begin March 1 in Kannapolis
Salisbury (NC) Post - Feb 18, 2012

The several sand buckets meant for smokers to put out their butts may be a thing of ... counties that manage their own parks already have a ban in place.

GUEST COLUMN: State’s smoking ban has helped save lives
BY HUGH HOLLIMAN
High Point Enterprise, February 13, 2012

As many may know, I am a two-time lung cancer survivor. My sister also died of lung cancer, but she never smoked. Sadly, both of us were exposed to secondhand smoke on a daily basis as we grew up in Alamance County. Back then, we didn’t know the dangers of secondhand smoke. Some of us might have thought it was annoying, but we really didn’t know how deadly even short-term exposure to other people’s cigarette smoke could be. …

Cornelius bans tobacco in parks
Huntersville (NC) Herald - February 9, 2012

Cornelius -- Beginning next month, using any tobacco products in town parks will be prohibited. Commissioners voted unanimously Monday, Feb. 6, to ban smoking and other tobacco products in the town’s parks, in an effort to reduce litter, reduce exposure to second-hand smoke and promote a healthier town. ...

Tobacco outlawed on county property? Officials to study effects of ...
Lexington (NC) Dispatch - January 18, 2012

Secondhand smoke is also responsible for more than $293.3 million per year in ... like the public's reaction to prohibiting smoking in restaurants and bars. ...

Wrightsville Beach to get public input on beach smoking ban
StarNewsOnline.com (NC) - January 13, 2012

He, along with Tim Taylor, asked the board to reconsider a proposed smoking ban that the board voted down 3-2 in May 2010. Tim Taylor, a member of the ...

Smoking Ban battle moves to Court of Appeals
WNCT - January 12, 2012

The Court of Appeals is now forming its opinion on the state smoking ban after ... it's constitutional because banning smoking in for-profit bars and clubs ...

Court to hear appeal over smoking ban fine for Greenville clubs
WNCT - January 12, 2012

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) -- An appeal over a judge's decision to reverse smoking fines for four local bars is expected to be heard on Thursday. ...

Parks committee votes 3-2 for smoking ban
Lumina (NC) News - January 12, 2012

Member Jim Mincher said he always favored a smoking ban on the beaches, ... Taylor mentioned other cities that banned smoking in parks or park sections, ...

System Snuffs Billiards' Butts
RhinoTimes.com Greensboro, NC - Dec 28, 2011

Don Liebes, the owner of Gate City Billiards Country Club, who over the last two years has battled all the way from Guilford County Board of Health meetings to the doorstep of the NC Supreme Court, has decided to call it quits in his court fight against a wide-ranging smoking ban that went into effect in January 2010. Liebes said this week he's decided not to attempt to appeal the matter to the US Supreme Court. ...

Bar seeking judicial review of decision
Greenville (NC) Daily Reflector - December 22, 2011

The health board declined to hear an appeal of a smoking fine based on an official's ... 2, 2010, is meant to combat the health risks from secondhand smoke. ...

Written by Peggy Albertson
Go Blue Ridge (NC) December 13, 2011

Locally, Boone was the one of the first local governments to pass an ordinance that removes smoking from all public places. Boone's law, enforced by the ...

Expanded smoking bans unlikely before summer
Durham (NC) Herald Sun, 2011-12-11
Ray Gronberg

A widening of the county’s ban on smoking in public places likely wouldn’t go into effect until next July, assuming officials can agree on how to word the necessary ordinance, County Manager Mike Ruffin says. ...

Concord bans smoking, tobacco in parks
Concord officials approved a ban of smoking and tobacco products in city parks
Concord & Kannapolis (NC) Independent Tribune (NC), 2011-12-11
Karen Cimino Wilson

Cigarette manufacturer Phillip Morris is gone and now smoking is on its way out, too, as Concord City Council bans smoking and the use of tobacco products from city parks. ...

County ponders expanded smoking ban
Durham News (NC)- December 7, 2011

The proposed revision is intended to improve the health of Durham County residents by discouraging smoking and preventing exposure to second-hand smoke. ...

County Officials Consider Expansion Of Smoking Policy
WXII (NC) The Triad - December 5, 2011

The state gives local governments authority to ban smoking in some places, ... The state imposed a smoking ban in bars and restaurants in 2010. ...

Durham Officials Want To Tighten Smoking Ban
WCTI12.com (NC) - November 28, 2011

By AP DURHAM -- In a city once famous for its tobacco industry, officials are looking to further clamp down on public smoking. The Durham County Health ...

Ban's benefits
News & Observer (NC)- November 22, 2011

Although certainly other factors contributed to this decrease, the elimination of smoking in North Carolina's restaurants and bars is rightly given credit ...

Heart attacks fall after restaurant smoking ban
Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, 2011-11-10
JAY PRICE The News and Observer

Emergency room visits because of heart attacks appear to have dropped sharply across the state after the beginning of 2010, and health officials think one reason is the ban on smoking in bars and restaurants that took effect then. ...

NC Heart Attack Rates Down Since Smoke-Free Law
WFMY News 2 November 9, 2011

Raleigh, NC-- New information released by officials at the state's public health division said the 2010 mandated smoke free law is having a positive impact. ...

Link to the report: http://tobaccopreventionandcontrol.ncdhhs.gov/smokefreenc/docs/TPCB-2011SFNCReport-SHD.pdf

[n.a.], "The North Carolina smoke free restaurants and bars law and emergency department admissions or acute myocardial infarction," North Carolina Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch Epidemiology and Evaluation Unit, November 4, 2011.

City's smoking restrictions now in effect
Hendersonville limits tobacco use in parks, buildings
Hendersonville (NC) Times-News, 2011-09-04
John Harbin Times-News Staff Writer

If you want to smoke in Hendersonville parks, you will now have to move to areas designated by the City Council after a smoking ban was approved Thursday night.

VIDEO: Expanded Indoor Smoking Ban Proposed in Guilford Co.
FOX8 WGHP (High Point, NC), 2011-08-15

The Guilford County Health Department will review a proposal Monday night that would strengthen the county's smoking ban. ...

Council restricts smoking in parks
City officials work on tobacco rules
Hendersonville (NC) Times-News, 2011-08-14
John Harbin Times-News Staff Writer

The Hendersonville City Council has banned smoking in city-owned parks unless in designated areas. The smoking ban also applies to city facilities and buildings. ...

Smoking Appeals To Higher Court
RhinoTimes.com Greensboro - Scott D. Yost - August 4, 2011

In January 2010, a new anti-smoking law went into effect, banning smoking in bars, clubs and restaurants across the state. However, that law exempted ...

Chipping Away at Tobacco Traditions in Tobacco Country:
Tobacco Industry Political Influence and Tobacco Policy Making in North Carolina 1969-2011

eScholarship, 2011-06-01
Washington, Michelle, UCSF Barnes, Richard L, University of California San Francisco Glantz, Stanton, UCSF

North Carolina, the top U.S. tobacco producing state and home to RJ Reynolds and Lorillard tobacco companies, has a historic, economic, and social legacy tied to tobacco, creating particular resistance to tobacco control efforts. The tobacco manufacturers historically relied on tobacco grower organizations, which had more influence on political and public opinion than tobacco manufacturers, to act on their behalf to shape policy in North Carolina. To influence policymakers, between 1996 and 2008, the tobacco industry contributed nearly $1.3 million to North Carolina political parties and individual candidates for state-level office, focusing contributions around pivotal elections, with candidates for governor and key legislative leadership being the largest recipients. There is a statistically significant relationship between the amount of tobacco industry campaign contributions a legislator received and his or her support for pro-tobacco policies. ...

Editorial: New ruling clears the air
Greensboro News & Record - July 21, 2011

Skepticism was as thick as cigarette smoke in Tuesday's Court of Appeals ruling snuffing out a Greensboro club's bid to escape the state smoking ban for restaurants and bars. Gate City Billiards Club owner Don Liebes defied the ban, which went into ...

Court of Appeals upholds smoking fines
Greensboro News & Record - Mark Binker - July 19, 2011

RALEIGH -- The NC Court of Appeals has upheld the fines levied against Gate City Billiards for allowing smoking in its bar after a statewide smoking ban went into effect. Lawyers for Don Liebes, Gate City's Owner, argued the state law ...

LETTER: Love that smoking ban; it'll keep this tourist coming back
The Observer Forum: Letters to the Editor
Charlotte (NC) Observer, 2011-07-10
Bill Kerschner Rockford, Ill.

We love the North Carolina Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law. My family and I now plan to take even more vacations to your wonderful state now that the restaurants and other public places are smoke-free. Congratulations North Carolina, and we will be visiting again soon! ...

Cabarrus parks outlaw tobacco
Also working on a policy requiring healthy food in park vending machines
Charlotte (NC) Observer, 2011-07-03
Joe Marusak

Jairo Angeles loves taking his wife, Lyneth, and their nearly 1-year-old daughter, Ailine, to Frank Liske Park on Stough Road in Concord. ...

Valdese passes new smoking ordinance
Morganton News Herald - Alexandria Moorman - June 30, 2011

“We mirrored the ordinance that the city of Raleigh has, and I think that this is a good balance for both smokers and nonsmokers.” Morse said he didn't expect people to be angry about the ordinance because many cities have banned smoking in these ...

Smoke-free outdoor spaces on college campuses are widespread across North Carolina
HealthCanal.com, 2011-06-10

A new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine survey of all North Carolina colleges shows that outdoor college smoking prevention policies are now in effect at 88 percent of North Carolina's colleges and universities (97 of 110). All UNC system and North Carolina Community College System campuses now have smoke-free buildings. ...

List of North Carolina College and University Policies That Provide the Maximum Protection Allowed by Law from Secondhand Smoke (PDF)
UNC-CH News Services, 2010-08-23

1. Bennett College ...

Greensboro Park Commission Votes Down Tobacco Ban Unanimously
FOX8 WGHP (High Point, NC), 2011-06-09

The Greensboro Recreation Commission voted unanimously against banning tobacco in all the city's public parks, greenways and trails. ...

W.J. Aldermen Approve 2011-12 Budget, Smoking Policy
Boone (NC) Mountain Times, 2011-06-08
Jesse Campbell

Departmental updates, budget discussion and the passing of the town's tobacco policy garnered the full support of the West Jefferson Town Board of Aldermen during Monday's meeting. ...

Commissioners reject proposed Dare smoking ban
The Outer Banks Voice - Russ Lay - June 7, 2011

In a 4-3 vote, the Dare County Board of Commissioners turned down a proposed ordinance that would have banned smoking anywhere on Dare County property, including one's own vehicle. The three Republican commissioners, Mike Johnson, Richard Johnson and ...

Proposed county smoking ban leaves some fuming
The Outer Banks Voice - Russ Lay - June 1, 2011

Asked if the proposed ban resulted from complaints from non-smokers, Outtern replied “No.” Instead, he believes, a ban on smoking will save employees' lives and health while saving the county money. According to Outten, every employee who smokes costs ...

Ban smoking in public?
Durham Herald Sun - Michelle Tessier - May 17, 2011

The Durham County Board of Health recently approved the proposed smoking ban "because of what we now know about cigarette smoke," Gayle Harris, ...

WJ Smoking Ordinance Returned for Revision
Go Blue Ridge - Gary Childers - May 4, 2011

West Jefferson's Board of Aldermen wrestled with the development of a smoking ordinance for the town during their regular monthly meeting Monday, May 2. …

Smoke-free Pendleton proposal draws crowd to meeting
Anderson Independent Mail - May 4, 2011

Mayor Randy Hayes stressed that the ordinance is still in draft form. ... Supporters focused on topics such as the health risks of smoking, the individual ...

NC legislator wants some tobacco products off displays
SCNow - Conan Gasque - May 4, 2011

One North Carolina legislator wants to prevent convenience stores from displaying certain tobacco-related items. Rep. …

Smoking ban could expand to city parks
Greensboro (NC) News & Record, 2011-04-25
Taft Wireback Staff Writer

Smokers could no longer light up legally in any part of the municipal park system under a proposal city officials are considering. ...

Report: Secondhand smoke increases medical costs in NC
Mountain Xpress (blog) - Jake Frankel - April 20, 2011

North Carolina's highly successful smoke-free restaurants and bars law that went into effect in January 2010 may have reduced these costs. The law has reduced worker exposure to secondhand smoke on- the- job by 42 percent from 14.6 in 2008 to 8.4 ...

Medical Costs of Secondhand-Smoke Exposure in North Carolina (PDF)
North Carolina Medical Journal, 2011-04-01

The health hazards of exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) are well-defined. Less is known about the economic costs. We performed an analysis of the medical costs of SHS in North Carolina that was based on a similar study conducted in Minnesota. ...

74% of North Carolina Voters Support State's Smoke-Free Law
PR-USA.net (press release) - April 6, 2011

A new poll released today by a coalition of public health groups finds 74 percent of North Carolina voters support the state's one and a half year old smoke-free law. The survey of
500 likely voters was released by the North Carolina Alliance for ...

Smoking Ban Being Considered ing Greenwood
News Channel 7 - Kristen Mosteller - March 14, 2011

Another smoking ban in the Upstate has business owners and smokers wondering if this will be a new law in Greenwood. Greenwood is having a public meeting tonight to decide whether to put the issue on city council's agenda. ...

Gastonia considers smoking ban in city parks
Gaston Gazette - Michael Barrett - March 3, 2011

Officials there voted last month to craft a no-smoking ordinance that could be approved and enforced as soon as July. It's reflective of similar bans that are being considered across the country, although California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year ...

Padgett studying potential expansion of smoking ban in downtown Wilmington
WECT-TV6 - Feb 20, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington City Council Member Laura Padgett says she'd like to study an expansion of the smoking ban, including outside establishments in downtown Wilmington. Last year, the state banned smoking in restaurants and bars. ...

NC smoking ban tied to air quality, rates of quitting
The Daily Tar Heel - Lauren Russell - February 15, 2011

Several years ago Fran Gallagher responded to a house call while working as an emergency medical technician in Hartford, Conn. The patient was having trouble breathing.

When Gallagher arrived, she saw a bare- and barrel-chested man with his oxygen mask dangling from his neck. His house reeked and the walls were yellow.

The man was also puffing on a cigarette.

“People with problems keep coming in until they go into respiratory arrest, and then they’ll die,” she said, recalling her parents’ last years battling with the common lung disease emphysema.

Having seen smoking’s fatal potential become reality both at home and at work, Gallagher is encouraged by data showing that the efforts against smoking in the state are discouraging smokers and reducing exposure to smoke.

Since North Carolina’s restaurant and bar smoking ban went into effect last January, air quality in restaurants and bars around the state improved by 89 percent, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

Gate City Billiards Smoking Ban Lawsuit Goes to Court of Appeals
My Fox 8 - February 8, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) —
A lawsuit challenging North Carolina's law requiring restaurants and bars to be smoke-free is getting a hearing by appeals court judges.

The state Court of Appeals hears oral arguments Tuesday in a case in which a Greensboro pool hall owner challenges the law's exception for private clubs. An attorney for Gate City Billiards Club owner Don Liebes says that violates the constitutional right of equal protection ...

Raleigh City Leaders Discuss Smoking Ban, Food Trucks
NBC17.com - February 1, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. --

It's a full agenda for the Raleigh City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Smoking in Parks

Among the measures up for discussion - a new law banning smoking in parks.

Two weeks ago, the council voted to write out how the ban would be implemented. The ban was approved it in a 6-2 vote. The ban will be fully implemented by July.

Mayor Charles Meeker said the ban will save the city $50,000 a year it spends on picking up cigarette butts ...

Concord Looking To Ban Smoking In Parks
WSOC Charlotte - February 1, 2011

On Monday night, Baucom was at Les Myers Park in Concord smoking a cigarette in the parking lot while she kept an eye on her son, Ayden, on the playground. ...

Raleigh Public Spaces to Become More Non-Smoker Friendly
Raleigh Chronicle - January 24, 2011

The Raleigh City Council voted 6 - 2 to adopt a resolution directing the development of an ordinance prohibiting smoking in City public spaces. The resolution was presented to Council by the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board (PRGAB) during the Jan. 4 Council meeting. Council tabled the vote on the resolution pending receipt of cost, impact and implementation plans from City staff. Council directed the City Attorney to develop a draft ordinance that would prohibit the use of cigarettes and other smoking material in City owned public spaces. The ordinance would: ...

Ban still in force
News & Observer - January 21, 2011

On behalf of the over 75 statewide members and partners of the North Carolina Alliance for Health, I write to express our concern over the incomplete picture your recent article "Pitt County ruling clouds ban on smoking in bars" gave about bars in Pitt County ignoring the state's smoke-free law and the current status of legal challenges to the law. ...

Remove the exemption
Winston-Salem Journal - January 21, 2011

North Carolina's successful ban on smoking in bars and restaurants discriminates against some businesses, and the legislature should fix that problem.

Since the law was passed, the restaurant industry has come to understand how much most North Carolinians truly enjoy a meal free of tobacco smoke from other patrons. In recent press reports noting the anniversary of the law's effective date, industry spokesmen said they were surprised at the favorable reception the law had received.

But some bar owners say they've been discriminated against. The law grants an exemption to operators of private, nonprofit clubs, saying that they may allow smoking. In Pitt County, a district judge ruled that four bars that had filed a complaint on those grounds could now allow smoking. Earlier, a judge in Guilford County had ruled the opposite in a similar case.

Legislative supporters of a complete ban added the exemption as they tried to find the necessary votes to win passage in the General Assembly. Several legislators decided to support the bill once the exemption was added; they wanted to protect some country clubs, lodges and civic clubs ...

Smokers see ban as rights issue
Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, 2011-01-17
RAY MARTIN - Staff Writer

RALEIGH -- On Tuesday, Raleigh could join a short list of North Carolina communities that don't allow tobacco in public parks.

The City Council is expected to adopt an ordinance that would ban tobacco use in parks or greenways owned or operated by the city. The goal is to keep secondhand smoke and pollution out of publicareas, an aim some residents and advocacy groups support.

But some Raleigh smokers say a ban would take away their right to enjoy the parks and greenways their tax dollars fund. ...

John Morrow: A threat to law, public health
Greenville (NC) Daily Reflector, 2011-01-16
John Morrow, M.D., MPH, is the health director for Pitt County.


Parks: council delays vote on smoking, acts on new fees
Raleigh Public Record - Duncan Pardo - January 5, 2011

Raleigh city councilors delayed voting on banning smoking in city parks Tuesday because of unanswered questions over costs for “no smoking” signs and how to enforce the ban. Councilors also wondered whether the ban should include downtown parks such as Moore Square and if parks should have areas where smoking would be allowed.

Questions over banning smoking in parks came up in 2007, but the state legislature only gave cities the power to make the rules a year ago. The question originally came up as an issue over cigarette litter but has morphed into a debate over the rights of non-smokers to not have to breathe in tobacco smoke.

When councilors heard the proposal this week, it did not include cost estimates to put “no smoking” signs on all city parks and greenways ...

Council preview: Reorganizing at the top and banning smoking in parks
Raleigh Public Record - January 4, 2011

The Raleigh City Council could ban smoking in city parks at their first meeting of the new year. A new state law that went into last year gave the city the power to ban smoking in some public places, including parks.

The original idea proposed by the council last year was to ban smoking in playgrounds. But the city’s Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board took the idea one step further and will present a resolution Tuesday to ban smoking in all city parks. ...

Smoke-free law seen as good for restaurant business in Asheville area, NC
More dining out after NC ban; study shows bar, eatery air quality up 89%
Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, 2011-01-03
Jon Ostendorff

More people in North Carolina have dined out in the year since the state banned indoor smoking though the new law is facing legal challenges in two counties.

Complaints in Buncombe County about indoor smoking dropped from 11 a year ago to none last month -- a trend that is mirrored across the Tobacco State.

... The restaurant industry says the new law is good for business though some establishments have filed lawsuits saying enforcement isn't fair.

"The consensus is that this ban has had an overall positive effect on restaurants and hotels in North Carolina,” said Paul M. Stone, president and CEO of the N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association. “It also has been very well received from the public." ...

NC Smoking Ban Reaches First Year
FOX8 WGHP (High Point, NC), 2010-12-29

After a full year of North Carolina's indoor smoking ban, many restaurants report business has remained mostly the same.

Air quality in North Carolina restaurants has improved 89 percent since smoking was banned, state department of public health officials said.

"It's important because it's creating a new environment and helping the air which is better for lungs, especially for children," Destiny Sanders, with the TRU Tobacco Youth Advisory Council in Forsyth County, said.

Steven Hondos, owner of Jimmy the Greek's restaurant on University Parkway, said his wait staff is healthier, his customers are happier, and business is just as good. ...

Judge says smoke ban unconstitutional
Triangle Business Journal, December 28, 2010

A District Court judge in Greenville has ruled North Carolina's smoking ban to be arbitrary and unconstitutional, allowing the owner of four restaurants to host smokers once again. Meanwhile, a lawsuit challenging the ban is moving toward the N.C. Court of Appeals in Raleigh. ...

Smoke-free zones
News & Observer - December 3, 2010

Now here's one that ought to be simple for the Raleigh City Council. The city's parks board has voted unanimously to ban smoking in all city parks and greenways. The council should make it official, and quickly.

Just last year, the General Assembly granted municipalities the authority to regulate smoking in public areas. And there is no reason the council should hesitate to do so.

Parks board members indicated the feedback they got in advance of their action demonstrated overwhelming support for such a bans...

Banning smoking at Wrightsville Beach suggested again
WECT-TV6 - Frances Weller - December 3, 2010

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Some folks who are trying to clean up Wrightsville Beach are lighting up the idea of banning smoking on the beach once again.

The town's Cleaner Greener Committee presented recommendations to the Board of Aldermen Thursday night.

The committee surveyed homeowners and visitors earlier this year looking to ways to spruce up the areas along the water ...

City may outlaw smoking in parks
Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, 2010-11-27
RAY MARTIN - Staff writer

Raleigh parks might soon be added to the growing list of places where smoking is not allowed.

The city's parks board voted unanimously last week to ban smoking in all city parks and greenways. That recommendation will go the City Council soon for final approval.

"At the end of the day, this is going to get political," said Rodger Koopman, a member of the parks board who has served on the City Council. "We are worried about the parks experience for every Raleigh citizen."

Koopman said board members received about 50 e-mail messages on the issue, all from people supporting a ban. Two members of the council-appointed board were absent from the unanimous vote last week. ...

FTCC considering dress code, smoke-free campus
abc11.com - October 19, 2010

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- Fayetteville Technical Community College's Board of Directors is considering a dress code that would eliminate sagging pants on campus as well as a policy that would make the campus smoke-free. ...

Columbus commissioners ban smoking in county vehicles
WECT-TV6 - October 19, 2010

Columbus County employees are no longer permitted to smoke inside county vehicles. ...

Columbus County considers tobacco ban
WWAY NewsChannel 3 - Kevin Wuzzardo - October 4, 2010

At tonight's meeting, the County Commission will decide whether to prohibit smoking and tobacco use in county buildings. They may also consider an updated ...

Country Club Still Lighting Them Up
RhinoTimes.com Greensboro - Scott D. Yost - September 30, 2010

The way things are going, Gate City Billiards Country Club owner Don Liebes, along with his attorney, Seth Cohen of Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen, just might end up arguing their case before the NC Supreme Court as they fight a wide-ranging smoking ban that went into effect on Saturday, Jan. 2 of this year.

The ban, which outlaws smoking in nearly all of the state's bars, clubs and restaurants, is being openly flaunted by Liebes and the patrons at his country club at 6004 Landmark Center Blvd. in Greensboro.

Liebes lost his case in NC District Court in July, and Cohen has now filed notice of appeal and filed a brief with the NC Court of Appeals. The ball is now in the court of Guilford County Attorney Mark Payne who has 30 days after Cohen's brief to file a brief of his own. The date when the case will be heard is at the discretion of the NC Court of Appeals. ...

Local lobbyist named to most effective list
Rocky Mount Telegram - Geoffrey Cooper - September 27, 2010

A Rocky Mount native and contract lobbyist recently was recognized as one of the top 10 effective lobbyists in the state, noted for his work to repeal statewide regulations that ban smoking in public places.

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research, a nonpartisan research and analysis nonprofit group, has released its latest rankings of the 55 most influential lobbyists in the N.C. General Assembly. Fred Bone, president of the Raleigh-based lobbying firm Bone and Associates, was selected eighth overall. Bone employs a mix of lobbyists on both sides of new laws that regulate and tax alcohol and tobacco.

The rankings are based on surveys from the news media, all legislators and registered lobbyists based in North Carolina. ...

Commissioners plan hearing on tobacco ban
Morganton News Herald - September 22, 2010

County commissioners on Tuesday asked Burke County Health Department Director David Rust to refine the draft of an ordinance banning tobacco products’ use on county property.

They also plan to have a public hearing on the ordinance during a board meeting in October ...

Smoking is now banned ...
WECT-TV6 - September 21, 2010

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Commissioners in Columbus County passed an ordinance that makes it illegal to smoke inside county buildings.

"The people that don't smoke, they don't have to smell like smoke," said Kim Smith, the Columbus County Health Director. "They don't have to walk directly through it. That's enough room there that they don't have to walk directly through it. If you're allergic to cigarette smoke or it triggers an asthma attack, that's an emergency that someone's going to have to answer." ...

Commissioners will eye ban on smoking at county buildings
Morganton News Herald - September 21, 2010

Morganton, NC --

A ban on smoking and use of smokeless tobacco products in all county-government-owned buildings and vehicles and on county grounds is on the Burke County Board of Commissioners’ agenda.

The commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. today in the board room at 110 N. Green Entrance E.

The board asked Burke County Health Director David Rust to draft the proposed ordinance. He notes that the General Assembly in 2009 passed an act authorizing local governments to adopt and enforce ordinances “that are more restrictive than state law and that apply in local government buildings, on local grounds, in local vehicles or in public places.”

Rust’s proposed ordinance bans tobacco and smokeless-tobacco products in all of the above.

Employees could be punished for violations under the rules of the Burke County Personnel Policy. The ordinance also provides for offering smoking-cessation classes to county employees who want help quitting.
Anyone else violating the ban would be subject to a fine of up to but not more than $50. No court costs would be assessed ...

Lighting up inside Columbus County buildings
WECT-TV6 - September 7, 2010

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Commissioners in Columbus County are considering an ordinance that would prohibit people from smoking inside county buildings.

Right now, there is no law making it illegal for people to light up a cigarette inside county buildings, but not everyone is happy with the rules. Henry Jones, who doesn't smoke, believes he should be able to sit comfortably inside a county building and not worry about inhaling smoke.

"It makes my head hurt," said Jones. "I don't do it. I'm not kicking people who want to do it, but like I said, I feel they have to find a place that wouldn't infringe on other people's rights. Both of us have rights, we shouldn't infringe upon other people."

Many people won't smoke indoors out of common courtesy, and some buildings, like the Health Department and Sheriff's Office, have implemented their own policies.

"As far as I'm concerned, having employees step outside and smoke a little bit away from the doorway shouldn't be a problem," said Commissioner Edwin Russ. "I don't think you should make an employee walk out 25 feet away from the building, because they would be in the middle of a parking lot and that's a safety hazard." ...

Smoking Banned In County Buildings In Stokes County
WXII The Triad - Leslie Bray Evans - August 27, 2010

STOKES COUNTY, N.C. -- The vote was squeaky-tight Monday night as the Stokes County Board of Commissioners elected to prohibit smoking in all county buildings. Commissioner Dr. Ron Carroll put forth the motion which was seconded by Commissioner Stanley Smith. They were joined in the vote by Commissioner Leon Inman. The nay votes were Chair Jimmy Walker and Vice Chair Ernest Lankford. ...

Judge to rule on smoking ban's constitutionality
Greenville Daily Reflector - Ginger Livingston - August 26, 2010

A Pitt County District Court judge will decide if the state’s smoking ban is unconstitutional and if four local private clubs should be fined for violating the law.

Judge G. Galen Braddy heard from attorneys representing the club owners and the Pitt County Board of Health during a civil hearing Monday afternoon. Braddy is now reviewing the evidence and a decision is pending.

In April, 5th Street Distillery, Live, 519 and Mac Billiards sought respite from fines from the Pitt County Board of Health as they attempt to fight the law. The fines were upheld by the board. Monday’s hearing was an appeal of that decision. ...

York Co. votes on smoking ban
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - Jamie Self - August 17, 2010

YORK -- The York County Council took the first step Monday night toward amending the smoking ban for private clubs.

The council voted 5-2 to keep the amendment alive with Councilmen Buddy Motz and Joe Cox voting firmly against it.

But the decision did not come without heated debate and outbursts of clapping and comments from both supporters and opponents who made up a standing-room-only crowd of about 50 people in council chambers at the county's Agricultural Building. ...

York County Considers Changing Smoking Ban
FOX Charlotte - August 16, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - The debate over a local smoking ban will heat up again in York County. Monday night County Council will discuss whether to add an amendment that would exempt private clubs.

Steve Porter owns The Ponderosa. He says close to 2,000 people pay dues to belong to the club, and many of them smoke. Since the county’s ban went into effect, he says he’s lost around 40% of his business, and he’s worried that he won’t be able to keep his place open. “People are not going to go outside and smoke when its cold, people are not going outside to smoke when it’s hot. So, they just don’t come,” he said. ...

Smoking down, business up
Charlotte Observer - Brooke Sutherland - August 13, 2010

When North Carolina's ban on smoking in restaurants and bars started in January, places like the Penguin Drive-In in Plaza Midwood worried about lost customers.

About a half a year later, many have found the reverse to be true: Business is up.

"People are more comfortable bringing kids here," said Rhyne Franklin, manager at the Penguin. "We thought we'd lose a lot of business because we don't have a patio, but we've actually seen more people come in."

The smoking ban, signed into law by Gov. Bev Perdue in May 2009, had many critics in a state with deep ties to the tobacco industry. Opponents claimed the anti-smoking rule infringed on business owners' property rights and would drive away customers.

But an Observer sampling of 10 area bars and restaurants this week found business the same or higher at most. Only two reported a negative impact.

"Everyone's much happier, much healthier without the secondhand smoke," said Ben Jackson, manager at Jackalope Jacks Restaurant & Bar in the Elizabeth neighborhood. "...If anything, a lot more people come out who didn't use to because it was so smoky." ...

Cigarettes OK inside county offices, for now
StarNewsOnline.com (blog) - Andrew Dunn - August 12, 2010

Technically, county employees can smoke in their offices and still follow the rules.

It’s not like Bolivia is awash in smoke-filled rooms, though. In a state where smoking bans are increasingly the norm, it doesn’t appear to be widely known that this is allowed.

But the practice is likely to be officially outlawed on Monday. The Brunswick County board of commissioners will be considering an ordinance that would prohibit smoking anywhere inside county buildings. Smoking would only be permitted in designated smoking areas outside buildings. ...

Belmont votes to ban smoking in city parks
News14.com - Ken Ward - August 4, 2010

Smoking in the park will soon become a thing of the past in Belmont.

The city council voted Monday night to establish a policy banning tobacco use in city parks, following the state's policy established for restaurants earlier this year.

“With the amount of festivals and athletic activities that we have in our parks, people were still allowed to smoke in the park. It's certainly inconvenient and it’s not healthy for other folks who don't smoke in the park,” said Belmont senior planner Adrian Miller.

Belmont city leaders stopped short of an ordinance, opting instead for a policy shift. The policy carries no civil penalties, but signs around the park will soon be going up. ...

New smoking policy can legally be ignored
WBTV - Derrick Rose - August 5, 2010

There's no law against smoking. "If you make an ordinance, in my opinion, it's a rule and if you have a rule, it needs to be enforced," Belmont City ...

Judge: Smoking ban does not violate constitution
Greensboro News & Record - Mark Binker - July 29, 2010

HIGH POINT — Judge Jan Samet has ruled that the state’s smoking ban does not violate the constitution, according to lawyers in the case.

A written order has not been issued yet, but lawyers for Guilford County and Gate City Billiards both confirmed the decision Thursday morning.

“We will appeal to the Court of Appeals,” said Seth Cohen, a lawyer for Gate City Billiards.

A statewide ban on smoking in bars and restaurants went into effect Jan. 2. Gate City Billiards was cited for violating that ban. The pool hall contended that it was a private club and should be exempted from the law. The Guilford County Board of Health rejected that argument, saying only not-for-profit private clubs were exempt. ...

Gate City's Fight To Smoke Continues
WFMY NEWS 2 (NC), 2010-07-23
GrantGilmore

Guilford County, NC -- The fight over North Carolina's smoking ban headed to court Friday afternoon. Greensboro's Gate City Billiard's Club has been fighting the ban since it took effect, but there's still no decision.

Right now, the whole argument is this: the law only exempts non-profit private clubs, but Gate City is a for-profit private club.

Don Liebes, the owner of Gate City, says if this doesn't go the way he wants, he'll comply with the law, "Make it very clear, I could become a non-profit organization. That might even be the direction I go. It wouldn't change anything. My club would look and feel exactly the same, the employees would be treated exactly the same, we would just have a different tax status. If we had that tax status, by the way the law is written right now, we would be perfectly within our rights to allow smoking."

Friday's hearing is only a small slice of what has been going on for months. On January 2, 2010, the state told smokers there was no longer a time nor place for lighting up in restaurants and bars. ...

Transit Authority To Consider Ban On Bus Stop Smoking
WXII The Triad - July 21, 2010

WINSTON-SALEM --
The Winston-Salem Transit Authority is discussing the possibility of banning smoking while under city bus stop shelters.

WSTA general manager Art Barnes said there haven't been many complaints, but there were enough to warrant an inquiry.

Barnes said he plans to present the issue to the full board next Thursday. ...

Complaints in Buncombe County minimal on restaurant ban
Asheville Citizen-Times - July 21, 2010

ASHEVILLE — Complaints about Buncombe County businesses allowing smoking since the state banned smoking in restaurants and bars in January.

“We have tried to bring as many restaurants and bars as possible into compliance without a penalty,” states Gibbie Harris, Buncombe County health director, said in a press release. “So far, we have been successful.”

The law is complaint-driven, meaning that when an individual files a complaint about a business allowing indoor smoking, the health department investigates the potential violation. ...

Majority support state's smoking ban
Triad Business Journal - July 20, 2010

After the first six months of the state’s ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, a UNC-Chapel Hill poll finds that more than seven in 10 N.C. residents support the ban.

When the ban took effect Jan. 2, North Carolina became the first tobacco-producing state in the nation to ban smoking in restaurants and bars. According to the Survey Research Unit at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, the ban is supported by 72 percent of adults in the state.

The poll found that nonsmokers, women, and highly educated respondents were more likely to support the ban.

Also, 72 percent said they would support a law that requires all indoor workplaces to be smoke-free.

Asked about how often they frequent bars, 16.7 percent said they go out more now, 70.6 percent said the ban made no difference and 12.5 percent said they go out less. ...

UNC study: North Carolina leads nation in number of tobacco-free college campus policies
UNC Health Care System , 2010-06-23

North Carolina leads the nation in the number of college campuses that have voluntarily banned or severely restricted smoking, according to a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.

The study, published in the journal Tobacco Control, found that in the first four years of the North Carolina Tobacco-Free Colleges Initiative, 33 college campuses in North Carolina adopted tobacco-free policies, which prevent tobacco use to the maximum extent allowed by law.

“Our study shows that North Carolina is a national leader in protecting college students from the clear dangers of secondhand smoke,” said Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, director of the Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP) at the UNC School of Medicine, which conducted the study to evaluate the Tobacco-Free Colleges Initiative for the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund (HWTF). . . .

The HWTF was created by the N.C. General Assembly in 2000 to allocate a portion of North Carolina's share of the national tobacco settlement.

Coming up Wednesday: NC's smoking ban controversy
WNCT - June 22, 2010

GREENVILLE, N.C. - When the state smoking ban went into effect this year, it was a historic movement in a state with deep roots in tobacco growing.

While public health advocates say the ban was a victory to save lives, some opponents argued it infringes on private businesses and their 9th Amendment right. ...

Greer Holds Over Smoking Ban During Council Meeting
News Channel 7 - June 22, 2010

By Staff | wspa.com The Greer City County voted 6-0 to hold over a resolution banning smoking at the city's parks and recreation facilities, according to a ...

Greensboro Business Owner Fights Smoking Ban In Court
WFMY News 2 - June 22, 2010

Greensboro, NC -- A Greensboro business owner is taking his fight against the smoking ban to court.

The owner of Gate City Billiards Country Club filed an appeal of the fines it's received for allowing smoking.

Don Liebes maintains his business is a "private club" and the state's smoking ban doesn't apply to him. ...

Asheville bans smoking on city property July 1
Asheville Citizen-Times - June 16, 2010

ASHEVILLE ­ Beginning July 1, a revision to City of Asheville's no smoking ordinance prohibits smoking on all city owned and occupied property. ...

Poll shows smoking ban popular with voters
abc11.com - June 15, 2010

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Like the fresher air in North Carolina's restaurants and bars? If you do, you're not alone.

A new poll from left leaning Public Policy Polling shows the vast majority of North Carolina voters like the new ban on smoking in the state's restaurants and bars almost six months after it went into effect.

PPP found 68 percent of voters say they support the new measure with only 24 percent opposed.

The issue doesn't seem to divide Democrats and Republicans. PPP found 75 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of independents, and 60 percent of Republican say they like the ban now that they've seen it implemented.

More about the poll can be found at PPP's blog: http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/06/smoking-ban-still-very-popular.htm

Brunswick commissioners reject smoking ban
Myrtle Beach Sun News - Steve Jones - June 8, 2010

BOLIVIA, N.C. -- Brunswick County commissioners have rejected a proposal to make all county property tobacco-free and to set up designated smoking areas at county parks.

Commissioner Scott Phillips said he was originally in favor of the ban, but voted against it Monday night because of his personal observations of smokers' self-imposed protocol at parks and because he thinks it best to stick with the board's vision of "less government and [staying] out of people's lives."

Instead, he and three other commissioners authorized county department heads to designate informal smoking areas at the county government complex and to leave the parks as they are. Phillips said that he has been at ballgames in Brunswick County parks from Waccamaw to Leland and observed smokers removing themselves from bleachers and other areas where fans congregate to smoke as unobtrusively as possible. ...

City Council holds hearing on budget, passes new rules for
Mountain Xpress - David Forbes - May 26, 2010

... about costs of providing service to new area. Homeless preacher “Brother” Chris Chiaromonte criticizing Council, APD arrests, city property smoking ban.

Most area businesses comply with smoking law
Boone Mountain Times - Scott Nicholson - May 20, 2010

Restaurants appear to be complying with the the new law banning smoking, though Watauga County already had a head start on the change.

Four months into North Carolina's smoke-free restaurants and bars law, the Appalachian District Health Department has received only four complaints against specific restaurants and bars for follow-up and investigation.

"The small number of complaints confirms our predictions that businesses in the Appalachian district are, for the most part, fully complying with the new law," said Danny Staley, health director for the Appalachian District Health Department. "We appreciate their cooperation." ...

NC beach town won't ban smoking on the sand
Greenville Daily Reflector - May 14, 2010

WRIGHTSVILLE, BEACH, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina beach town has decided against banning smoking on the beach.

But the StarNews of Wilmington reported that the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen voted 3-2 Thursday instead to raise the fine for littering, including those who drop cigarette butts.

The fine is going from $100 to $250.

The newspaper says a ban on beach smoking would have been the first in North Carolina.

The board heard from about a dozen supporters and opponents and Mayor David Cignotti then asked for a show of hands. More than 30 people favored the ban, and about 10 people opposed it. ...

Smoking ban, trash pickup, curbside recycling comments
Lumina News - Marimar McNaughton - May 13, 2010

Smoking on the beach strand heads the lineup of public hearings when the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen convenes at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. The smoking ban is expected to evolve into a hotly contested debate with as many comments for it as against it, from beach residents, visitors and business owners. ...

Town considers smoke-free beach strand
Lumina News - Marimar McNaughton - May 6, 2010

Elected officials will open a public hearing on a controversial subject next week as they consider adoption of a no-smoking ordinance for the Wrightsville Beach strand. There will be a lightning round of public commentary, as town residents line up to express their opinions, for or against, during the regularly scheduled board of alderman meeting planned for
6 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.

Tim Taylor, a full-time resident for two years, has been visiting Wrightsville for about 20 years. He took the lead earlier this year when he pitched for a non-smoking beach during the candidate’s forum last October.

Taylor cited thousands of cigarette butts, used match packs and discarded lighters; pollution to the town’s waterways, including the ocean; threats to already endangered wildlife; and the harmful effects of second hand smoke to humans.

At a BOA meeting, Taylor said, "Effective January 2, this year, as most of you know, North Carolina restaurants and bars have gone completely smoke free. I think this is a great time and opportunity for us to make our beach smoke free."

Taylor also pointed out that California beaches went smoke free in 2004 and that throughout the U.S., 92 beaches are smoke free. If the town were to adopt a smoke-free beach ordinance, Wrightsville Beach could be the first in North Carolina to be a non-smoking beach—a marketable attribute ...

Group Will Consider Smoking Ban in Raleigh Parks
MyNC.com - Justin Moss - May 4, 2010

Raleigh City Council on Tuesday gave its approval for a group to begin looking at restricting smoking in City parks.

The Council voted unanimously for an advisory board to put the item on its work plan, which will allow the board to develop a recommendation on the issue.

City officials said the issue first came up in 2007 after a complaint from a citizen. At that time, the City's Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board determined that state law limited the City's ability to restrict smoking....

Another Brunswick County smoking hearing planned
Wilmington (NC) Star-News, 2010-05-04
Amanda Hutcheson

After debating the rights of smokers versus non-smokers, the Brunswick County Commissioners voted to hold a public hearing regarding different smoking regulations.

Vice Chairman Phil Norris's motion to ban all smoking and tobacco use on all company property as of Aug. 1 failed, with Commissioners J. Martin Cooke, Scott Phillips and Chairman Bill Sue dissenting. Then Sue made a motion to ban all tobacco use on the county complex property beginning Dec. 1 but to create a designated smoking section at county parks which could be revisited in one year.

However, county attorney Huey Marshall suggested the county advertise and hold a new public hearing for the proposed changes, saying that while it was not legally required, it fit with county policies. A motion to advertise and hold the hearing regarding Sue's proposed changes passed 3-2 with Norris and Charles Warren dissenting. ...

More tobacco restrictions on council agenda
McDowell News (Marion, NC), 2010-05-02
Mike Conley * The McDowell News

The Marion City Council will consider Tuesday further restrictions on tobacco use in city parks and on city property. . . .

Council will consider adopting an ordinance "to increase prohibitions against tobacco use in city parks and on city property." ...

Asheville Council Approves Smoking Ban in City
News Channel 7 - Fred Cunningham - April 28, 2010

ASHEVILLE, N.C. --

Asheville City Council has approved a smoking ban in parks and in areas around city buildings.

Vice Mayor Brownie Newman confirms to News Channel 7 that the measure will go into effect on July 1. ...

Asheville City Council preview: smoke and transit
Mountain Xpress - David Forbes - April 26, 2010

Before Asheville City Council at tomorrow night’s meeting are a smoking ban on all city property (including parks and greenways) as well as a new marketing campaign and hours for Asheville transit. Also, Council will discuss the budget.

Council will consider new legislation that allows municipalities to pass stricter rules than the statewide ban on smoking inside bars and restaurants. In this case, the new ordinance would prohibit smoking in all city buildings and property, including parks and greenways. Buncombe County passed a similar ordinance last year.

The city will also decide whether to implement changes designed to improve transit service, including 30-minute route frequency on major lines and a new marketing campaign designed to hook new riders. To pay for the changes (and the marketing), the city would end the Dial-a-Ride service, make evening and day routes run along the same path, and end evening routes at 10:30 p.m. The steps will cost $163,000, of which $130,000 will be paid for by federal grants and $30,000 by savings within the transit department, if Council approves the step ...

Smoking ban clears air in N.C. restaurants
WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC), 2010-04-23

An indoor smoking ban has resulted in an 89 percent improvement in air quality in North Carolina restaurants and bars in recent months, public health officials said Friday.

A state law that went into effect on Jan. 2 prohibits smoking at nearly all restaurants and bars. Cigar bars and private clubs are exempt from the law if they meet certain requirements.

"These results show that North Carolinians are already reaping the benefits of our smoke-free air law by breathing healthier air in restaurants and bars," State Public Health Director Dr. Jeffrey Engel said in a statement. "Secondhand smoke is a very serious health threat. Exposing adults to secondhand smoke causes immediate adverse effects on the heart and blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart disease and, over time, lung cancer." ...

Billiards Owner Appeals Second Smoking Fine, Public Hearing Set
WFMY NEWS 2 (NC), 2010-04-21
Justin Quesinberry

The owner of a local billiards club is once again fighting a fine for allowing smoking at his business.

It's the second time Gate City Billiards Country Club has received a fine since the state's ban on smoking went into effect Jan. 2.

A public hearing has been set to discuss the fine. The owner said this time, he's fighting the ban based on constitutional rights.

"We just want them to stop fining us really. We want to conduct our business the way we originally set up our business," said Don Liebes, owner.

He said he set up his business with a non-smoking room with separate ventilation. . . .

"He's not the only violation. He's the only one that's had three or more violations and it's the third violation that results in a fine," ...

Smoking fines approved in Brunswick County
WMBF - April 20, 2010

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Commissioners in Brunswick County approved a proposal Monday for the health department to start fining violators of the smoking ban.

Commissioners voted to institute a $200 fine for each offense, which is the same penalty instituted for violators in New Hanover County. ...

Club’s smoking ban appeal snuffed out
High Point (NC) Enterprise, 2010-03-31
David Nivens

The Guilford County Board of Health rejected an appeal Tuesday from a Greensboro billiards club cited several times for violating the smoking ban in restaurants and bars.

Gate City Billiards Country Club in Greensboro near the Wendover Avenue and I-40 intersections tested the new law. Owner Don Liebes claimed private club status after adding “country” to the name of the business.

Meanwhile, he has allowed customers to smoke.

Rejecting the private club claim, six Board of Health members voted to reject Liebes’ appeal.

Liebes, a non-smoker who represented himself at the hearing, said he may appeal the ruling. . . .

Liebes claimed the smoke-ban statute could be read to include country clubs as exempt private clubs. Liebes said he appealed partly because the smoke ban will hurt his business. Comparable businesses have lost 40 percent of their revenues since the ban took effect in January, he said. ...

VIDEO: Hookah bar holds fundraiser to fight smoking ban
News 14 Carolina (Raleigh, NC), 2010-03-26
Jennifer Turk

The Juggling Gypsy, the oldest hookah bar in the area, took a stand against the state's smoking ban with a fundraiser Friday to raise money for legal fees to try to amend the law, which went into effect in January.
The hookah bar was fined earlier this month for $400. But to get around any more fines, they have moved all their tobacco-based hookahs outside and have left the tea-based hookahs inside.

Local vendors set up shop outside the Juggling Gypsy to sell clothing, art and jewelry. A portion of the proceeds go to the fundraiser to help reverse the smoking ban. ...

Guilford Co. to Hear Appeal of Smoking Ban
My Fox 8 - March 26, 2010

GREENSBORO N.C. (WGHP) - The Guilford County Board of Health will hear an appeal of the state's new smoking ban in restaurants bars next week.

Gate City Billiards in Greensboro is appealing the statewide smoking ban inside restaurants in bars. The establishment wants to claim private club status which allows customers to smoke inside the business, according to the High Point Enterprise. ...

Board splits tobacco vote
Montgomery Herald - Tammy Dunn - March 24, 2010

Montgomery County Commissioners refused to adopt an ordinance prohibiting all tobacco use in all county owned buildings and on county grounds. It had appeared the ordinance was going to pass easily until Commissioner Dolon Corbett questioned why an exemption was being made for employees of the 911 facility.

In discussion that followed, County Manager Lance Metzler explained that due to only two dispatchers being on duty for 12 hour shifts, it was necessary to allow those employees to take their break, which might include smoking, at the outside entrance to the 911 Center where an intercom is located. ...

City considers banning smoking at Legion Stadium complex
Wilmington (NC) Star-News, 2010-03-23
Patrick Gannon

Smokers who attend sporting and other events at the Legion Stadium complex may soon have to go to the parking lot to light up.

At its meeting Tuesday evening, Wilmington City Council will decide whether to ban smoking at Legion Stadium, except for the parking area. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 102 N. Third St.

In 2009, the N.C. General Assembly gave cities the right to prohibit smoking on public grounds. In February, the Legion Stadium Commission, which oversees the operation of the complex, voted to recommend the ban to city council. ...

Smoke Free?: Ban gives scofflaws lots of slack
Winston-Salem Journal - Scott Sexton - March 18, 2010

The ashtrays placed liberally around the bar at Break Time Billiards -- and the smokers merrily puffing away next to them -- practically scream defiance.

As recently as last week, North Carolina's smoking ban didn't look as if it applied at either pool hall bearing the Break Time Billiards name. The beer drinkers knew it, the pool players knew it, and the smokers knew it.

Heck, even the Forsyth County Health Department knew it.

Complaints about smoking at the Jonestown Road location have been lodged, and inspectors have done their level best to keep up. But thanks to the very forgiving language written into the ban by legislators and a lack of resources dedicated to enforcing the law, health departments around the state have been forced to move at glacial pace. And bar owners know it. ...

Smoking ban cuts the butts at Asheville area bars, restaurants
Complaints minimal as NC law appears to entice nonsmokers into area establishments
Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, 2010-03-07
Carol Motsinger

"I smoke about a third less than I did (before the ban)," Merchant said, after smoking a cigarette on the patio at Hannah Flanagan's Irish Pub on Biltmore Avenue one recent evening.

And it appears the law is working at most of the 856 Buncombe County bars and restaurants covered under the smoke-free law. From Jan. 2 through the end of February, the Buncombe County Department of Health received just 32 complaints concerning violations of the ban at restaurants and bars, the majority of them reported in the first couple of weeks of the law.

Four bars have been sent warning letters, but no establishment has been fined. Allstars Sports Bar and Grille on Hendersonville Road received its first warning letter in late January, and manager Cory Clay said the bar has made sure its patrons who smoke go outside before lighting up. ...

$1.2M offered to cut campus tobacco usage
Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area, 2010-03-01

The N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund plans to award $1.2 million in grants for the third phase of its Tobacco-Free Colleges Initiative to combat tobacco use among students in the state's colleges, universities and community colleges.

North Carolina leads the nation in the number of tobacco-free colleges with nearly a third, 36 out of 111, adopting a tobacco-free policy. . . .

Application materials and more information are available at www.healthwellnc.com.

WHA holds off smoking ban in public housing
WECT 6 WILMINGTON(NC), 2010-02-25
Reported by Claire Simms Posted by Lauren Thomson

Wednesday night, some Wilmington Housing Authority residents told leaders they need to butt out when it comes to smoking in their homes and board members say they are not ready to enact an all-out ban on smoking in authority buildings.

The whole idea of a smoking ban started with one man and while many public places and even private businesses have gone smoke free, the Housing Authority still has some homework to do.

"You can take a look at what's been going on in the state and the governor's enacted a smoking ban in all restaurants now, so is this coming down the pike?" says board member Deb Hays. "All indications would be yes."

The Housing Authority board started looking at a smoking ban after resident Eugene Quick asked them to outlaw smoking inside the apartments. ...

Restaurants, bars 'surviving' since smoke has cleared
Morganton News Herald - Julie N. Chang - February 19, 2010

MORGANTON - Nearly two months after the statewide smoking ban went into effect on Jan. 2, Burke County has yet to receive any complaints about local businesses complying.

Burke County Health Department Director David Rust said no complaints have been filed in the county. The law bans smoking in enclosed areas of almost all restaurants, bars, hotels, motels and inns that serve food and drink and state government buildings and vehicles.

Across the state 675 complaints have been filed up to Sunday, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Only 67 complaints were filed last week, down from the 171 filed the first week the law went into effect. ...

Town of Boone Makes Stricter Regulations on Smoking Ordinance
Go Blue Ridge (blog) - Adam Hicks - February 19, 2010

The Boone Town Council unanimously voted to approve stricter amendments to the smoking ordinance on Tuesday night’s council meeting.

According to the original smoking ordinance, smoking was allowed in enclosed areas of a public place when signs clearly established and designated the boundaries for smoking, the public place had a non-smoking section, and the non-smoking and smoking areas were equipped with separate ventilation systems so air containing smoke is kept out of all non-smoking areas.

Under the new amendments, smoking is now banned smoking from all enclosed areas of every public place. ...

Smokers may grumble, but they obey the ban
Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, 2010-02-15
MATT EHLERS - Staff writer

As much as smokers and some business owners have complained about the law, nearly all of them comply with it. There are more than 24,000 businesses in the state that are subject to the new regulations. During the first week of February, the state logged 71 complaints about potential violations. No businesses have been fined.

The relatively low number of complaints shows "the coordination we've put into this at the state and local level is working," said Jim Martin, director of policy and programs for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch of the N.C. Division of Public Health.

County health departments are responsible for enforcing the law. Health department officials check out complaints, which can be verified only with evidence, such as a customer smoking or the presence of ashtrays. Verified complaints trigger a warning. After two written warnings, businesses can face fines of up to $200 per day.

Since the law took effect, county health departments across the state have sent only 11 first-level warning letters. In all, there have been 608 complaints statewide, with the number generally decreasing week-to-week.

Enforcement has added another chore for health department staff, but the workload varies from county to county. ...

E-Cig Circumvents State Smoking Ban
Rhinoceros Times (Greensboro, NC), 2010-02-04
Scott D. Yost County Editor

Guilford County may have banned smoking from area bars and restaurants at the first of the year, but technology is giving county health officials and other anti-smoking advocates fits. "E-cigs" - also known as "electronic cigarettes" - are becoming the nicotine dispenser of choice now that smoking traditional cigarettes has been declared illegal in most public buildings.

According to Guilford County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Mary Gillett, the product can cause confusion when bar patrons light up their electronic cigarettes because, while it's not illegal to do so, anti-smokers at bars can get upset with the fact that people are apparently smoking.
Gillett said bar owners can order patrons to put them out - or, rather, turn them off.

"They can do it the same way they can say, 'No shoes, no service,'" she said.

Gillette said that, since the product is relatively new, there are a great deal of questions about the safety of the device and how it compares with cigarettes. . . .

New customers come in as smokers take it outside: Month-old smoking ban opens ...
Behavioral Health Central (blog) - February 3, 2010

There's Katie Ashby, for one. On a recent Monday evening at the West Chatham Street haunt, the 27-year-old Cary resident sat solo at a barside table, slouched over her laptop.

"I've come here for burgers before with friends and family," she said. "But this is my first time coming by myself to get a beer and get some reading done."

The place also smells a whole lot cleaner.

Beatles memorabilia is still plastered on the walls and juicy burgers still quench hunger for the masses, but the sight of a young female working on her laptop at the long-established smokers' retreat -- now, sans smokers -- gives pause. ...

Smoking ban has little effect on businesses
Winston-Salem Journal - Richard Craver - February 2, 2010

The first month of a statewide smoking ban in restaurants and bars has been pretty much a nonevent, local business operators said yesterday.

Most longtime customers who smoke have either adapted to the restrictions, which went into effect Jan. 2, or chosen to brave the cold weather before or after a meal, the operators say.

On the other hand, the operators say they haven't seen a sizable uptick in business from nonsmokers either, although that could be weather-related as well.

"We may be turning the tables around more quickly since the ban went into place," said Steven Hondos, the owner of the Jimmy the Greek restaurant off University Parkway. The restaurant was successful for years in striking a balance between smokers and nonsmokers. ...

Pender commissioners balk at crackdown on smoking
StarNewsOnline.com - K.J. Williams - February 1, 2010

Smokers won’t be sent off Pender County property if they want a quick puff since commissioners opted to scuttle a proposed ordinance Monday.

The ordinance was supported by the county’s board of health and presented as an information item by Jack Griffith, director of the health department. ...

Hookah’s slow burn
Daily Tar Heel (UNC), 2010-01-29
Anika Anand Assistant City Editor

Adam Bliss, the owner of Hookah Bliss, Chapel Hill’s only hookah bar, has been fighting for the right to stay open since the North Carolina indoor smoking ban went into effect Jan. 2. Bliss maintains that the ban does not apply to him because hookah is a vaporized ­ not lit ­ tobacco product.

The law is enforced by a mostly complaint-driven system. Anyone who wants to report indoor smoking can file an anonymous complaint, which local health departments follow up on.

Tom Konsler, Orange County’s environmental health director, said that after a complaint was filed, he went to talk to Bliss to make sure he knew the law, as is customary for first offenses.

One expectation that Konsler said must be fulfilled is posting a “no smoking” sign in the business.

When Konsler followed up on Jan. 21 he found that Bliss had posted the sign but was still allowing hookahs to be smoked. ...

Time running out for smokers, dippers at LCC
School set to go tobacco free on May 14
ENCToday, 2010-01-28
Chris Lavender Staff Writer

Smokers will soon no longer be able to light up their cigarettes or use smokeless tobacco products anywhere on any Lenoir Community College campus.

The LCC Board of Trustees agreed this week to implement a new policy effective May 14, which bans all tobacco usage on LCC property in Kinston, Greene and Jones counties.

"I don't think it's right," said LCC student Donte' Johnson about the new tobacco-free policy. ...

Circle Clubhouse is North Carolina's First LEED-Certified Multifamily Garden ...
PR Newswire (press release) - January 27, 2010

CONCORD, N.C., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Crescent Resources Multifamily Development Group earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the Circle at Concord Mills clubhouse. The building is the first multifamily garden community facility in North Carolina to earn LEED certification.

The apartment community's clubhouse features low-energy doors and windows, low-emissions carpet and paint, native landscaping, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, energy efficient mechanical systems, ENERGY STAR kitchen appliances and recycled building materials. The building, which is the first LEED-certified structure in Cabarrus County, N.C., also offers preferred parking for hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles.

"We're thrilled this project earned LEED certification," said Todd Farrell, president of Crescent Resources Multifamily Development Group. "We consider green features an amenity that our residents seek out and appreciate."

Circle is Crescent's innovative approach to apartment living, giving residents the opportunity to live in an upscale, environmentally friendly community focused on enriching their social experiences. The community is surrounded by 30 acres of preserved woods and wetlands, and it recently became the first multifamily community in the country to be certified by Audubon International as an Audubon Signature Sanctuary.

The 312-unit project opened in April 2009 as the first smoke-free community in Concord. The units are leasing beyond expectations. ...

Wilmington Housing Authority board considers ban on smoking
StarNewsOnline.com - Patrick Gannon - January 25, 2010

Responding to a complaint from a resident, the Wilmington Housing Authority plans to look into the possibility of banning smoking in its public housing units. ...

Bar owner circulating anti-smoking ban petition
WWAY NewsChannel 3 (Wilmington, NC), 2010-01-24

It hasn't been around very long, but some bar owners say North Carolina's smoking ban is bad for business. A petition is circulating to repeal the law that prohibits smoking in bars.

Deborah Tinae owns Smitty's Tavern in Monkey Junction. Although the smoking ban has been in place for less than a month, she's seen profits slide.

Tinae has been going door to door, bar to bar, asking for signatures to help repeal the state's ban. So far, she says she has received a good response, although some have chosen not to sign. Tinae has about 2,000 signatures from all over our five-county area.

It's only been 20 days since the smoking ban took effect. Still Tinae says she realized after only two days, her business was going south. ...

N.C. smoking ban upheld by complaint system
Wilmington (NC) Star-News, 2010-01-24
Vicky Eckenrode

The smoke officially cleared Jan. 2 in North Carolina, but public health officials say it could take a few more months for the dust to settle with the state's new indoor smoking ban.

Some warning letters have gone out to businesses not complying, but most owners appear to be adhering to the new rules, said Erin Morrissette, tobacco prevention educator for the New Hanover County Health Department.

Morrissette, who is fielding complaints made about New Hanover County establishments, said the ones made so far appear to be about owners getting used to the law and not repeat violators.

"I think that we're pretty typical as far as comparing to other states" that have adopted smoking bans, she said. "Always in the very beginning, it takes about six months for them to basically drop off to just the people who are going to just not follow the law."

EDITORIAL Enforce the ban
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2010-01-20
JOURNAL EDITORIAL STAFF

North Carolina's ban on smoking in bars and restaurants is now the law. It must be enforced.

Many of the state's hookah bars say that the law doesn't cover them, while hundreds of complaints have flowed into state health offices about alleged smoking violations since the law went into effect on Jan. 2. . . .
for both health and business reasons, this obstinacy must be stopped. Not only are the lawbreakers harming the health of others in the establishment, but they are also giving that bar or restaurant an unfair advantage. The law must treat all of these covered businesses equally.
Over time, we have no doubt that the great majority of restaurant and bar patrons -- including some smokers -- will decide that they prefer the clean air of a smoke-free environment. Many already have. But there will always be a few who want to assert their smoke into the lungs of others.

That's now against the law, and the law must be enforced. ...

GSO Gets New Country Club
RhinoTimes.com Greensboro - January 14, 2010

Liebes said that, when it comes to the new state law, since country clubs are exempt from the smoking ban, and since the term "country club" isn't defined ...

Chapel Hill Hookah Bar Owner Asks County to Cite Him
Bliss needs violation notice before mounting legal challenge to smoking ban
Carolina Journal , 2010-01-13

Concerned that his sales have plummeted during the first week of the statewide ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, the owner of a Chapel Hill hookah bar is encouraging people to snitch to government officials that he's defying the ban. Adam Bliss, owner of Hookah Bliss, says he needs an official violation notice from Orange County in order to proceed with his plan to fight the law in court.

Bliss hasn't stopped selling hookahs and beer at his Franklin Street establishment that caters to the college crowd. Even so, he hasn't received a notice from the county. Bliss may even file a complaint himself to speed the process. "I've never had so much trouble getting in trouble," he says. . . .

So far, no hookah bar has been tagged, according to Bliss. If another owner gets a violation before he does, fine with him. What's key is that one of them has a violation in hand. That's when the owners will pool their cash and hire an attorney, Bliss says. ...

Hookah bar exploits unique loophole in new smoking ban
WMBF - January 11, 2010

NBC) - When the new public smoking ban went into effect Jan. 1 in North Carolina, a lot of businesses had to make some big changes. For some, the new law was a real threat to their bottom line. But one business decided to get creative.

Denny Best manages "The Juggling Gypsy" cafe and hookah bar in Wilmington, and since hookahs are water pipes used to smoke tobacco, the smoking ban posed a huge threat to the business.

"There was over 30 hookah bars in the state at that time, and over half of them have shut down because of this," Best said. "So of course we were worried about the effects it was gonna have on us."

After trying unsuccessfully to get a hookah exemption in the law, many hookah bars gave up. But not this one.

"Here at the Gypsy, we've come up with kind of a unique opportunity to further ourselves using the smoking ban," Best said.

Buried at the very end of the smoking ban legislation, there's an exemption for actors on a live production set. Which means thanks to a live streaming website and a web camera, the Juggling Gypsy is now a stage, and all the patrons, players. ...

Restaurants, bars mostly complying with smoking ban
WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC), 2010-01-08

Local health departments in central North Carolina say they have received few complaints about violations of a smoking ban for restaurants, bars and other workplaces that took effect last Saturday.
Cumberland County received 12 complaints, Durham County had one complaint, and Orange and Johnston counties had none. Wake County hasn't received many complaints, health department spokesman Will Glenn said.

"The small number of complaints in the first report confirms our predictions that Cumberland County businesses are, for the most part, fully complying with the law," Cumberland County Health Director Buck Wilson said in a statement.

He said that three complaints involved a lack of no-smoking signs, and nine involved businesses allowing smoking to continue. ...

Boone smoking law in effect
Boone Mountain Times - Scott Nicholson - Jan 7, 2010

With the Town of Boone's new smoking ordinance in place, smoking habits could change, especially in the downtown area.

The ordinance, which took effect last week, was one of the first in the state after a new law gave local governments broader powers to regulate smoking. While the new state law primarily targeted restaurants and targeted punishment toward management, municipalities can place restrictions on smoking in and around a variety of public places.

"It wasn't to try to control people's behavior as much as it was to protect people from secondhand smoke," said Sam Furgiuele, Boone town attorney. "This is not the most restrictive ordinance the town could have adopted."

The ordinance emerged from months of committee work, with the town reviewing ordinance options even before the new state law came down the pipeline. The town ordinance augments the state ordinance, but Furgiuele said local ordinances can't undermine or diminish state restrictions.

The town ordinance bans smoking in virtually all public places and businesses, as well as town-owned property, parks, and vehicles. Exceptions include cigar bars and tobacco shops, private residences, private clubs, indoor public places and private vehicles. ...

Going smoke-free benefits businesses, locals find in study
Burlington Times News - January 6, 2010

Smoke-free restaurants are good for business as well as for people’s health.

That’s the premise of a paper written by three Alamance County residents, along with two professors at East Carolina University, that appears in this month’s edition of Health Promotion Practice.

It also may be good news for restaurants here and in other parts of North Carolina as a statewide smoking ban affecting most restaurants and bars went into effect this week.

The article was compiled by Lynn Inman, housing specialist with the Alamance-Caswell Local Management Entity; Karen Webb, a former co-worker of Inman who has also been active in preventing substance abuse; and Cindy Brady, president of the United Way of Alamance County, who worked on anti-smoking efforts as head of Healthy Alamance. East Carolina University professors Hans Johnson and Craig Becker also participated in the study.

The paper includes the results of interviews with 70 owners or managers of smoke-free restaurants in Alamance County. Restaurant owners and managers discussed the results of voluntary efforts to eliminate smoking.

“By far, the majority of respondents indicated no economic loss by being smoke free,” the paper says. “A number of respondents indicated their business had increased.” ...

VIDEO: Wilmington hookah bar defies smoking ban with "reality show"
WTOC - TV (Savannah, GA), 2010-01-04

Little has changed at the Juggling Gypsy Cafe and Hookah bar in Wilmington since the start of the smoking ban in North Carolina Saturday. Patrons continue to smoke. However, this is not an act of civil disobedience.

Bar manager Denny Best says bar management has found what it believes to be a loophole in the new ban, allowing customers to continue to smoke tobacco through the water pipes. . . .

However, buried at the very end of the smoking ban legislation is an exemption for actors on a live production set. So, thanks to a web cam and a streaming web site, the Juggling Gypsy is now a stage, and all the patrons its players.

"Everybody who comes in here is an actor. Everybody who comes in here kind of acts up anyways," Best said. "All we ask is that people sign a video release form when they sign in, every time they come in. And they're ready to roll. As an actor." ...

The gift of cleaner, safer air
Raleigh News & Observer, January 3, 2010
Howard K. Koh and Anand K. Parekh

This year, North Carolina is giving its citizens an incredible public health gift - the opportunity to breathe clean indoor air. As of yesterday, most bars and restaurants in the Tar Heel state are smoke-free. That means hospitality workers and ...

North Carolina smoking ban takes effect
UPI.com - Jan 3, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- North Carolina, which leads the nation in tobacco growing, banned smoking in bars and restaurants Saturday.

The state law has some loopholes, exempting country clubs and cigar bars, The Wall Street Journal reports. But it is a major shift for a state where 255,000 people work in the tobacco industry, according to state officials.

"We are keenly aware of the history in our state, but now it's just that -- history," said Betsy Vetter, chair of the North Carolina Alliance for Health. ...

NC Restaurants Become Smoke Free On Saturday
WFMY NEWS 2 (NC), 2010-01-01
Matt McKinney

Two new laws designed to help smokers put out their cigarettes are among more than 30 taking effect in North Carolina as the new year begins.

A ban on smoking in the state's restaurants and bars begins early Saturday morning. Smokers could face $50 fines and restaurants $200-a-day penalties for ignoring the law.

Smokers at Buffalo Wild Wings in High Point Friday said they don't mind having to go outside to light up.

Non-smokers said they were looking forward to the clean air when they go out. . . .

Boone has new smoking ordinance
Boone Mountain Times - Scott Nicholson - December 18, 2009

The new Boone Town Council approved a smoking ordinance that takes effect the same day a new state law will ban most indoor smoking. ...

State snuffs out smoking in bars and restaurants
Smoky Mountain News, 2009-12-16
Bibeka Shrestha - Staff Writer

Promptly after ringing in the new year, North Carolina will usher in a smoking ban in restaurant and bars on Jan. 2.

While most restaurants are moseying on with the status quo for now, Pasquale's Italian Restaurant in Waynesville is taking the smoking ban quite seriously.

The restaurant will not only shut down its smoking section but also its doors -- from Dec. 21 to Jan 13 anyway.

Deb Matthews, owner of Pasquale's, said she's temporarily closing shop to change carpets, repaint the interior and do whatever else is necessary to rid the restaurant of the cigarette smell that's embedded itself inside over the years.

"We thought it wouldn't be nice for the customer to walk in and have it still smell like smoke," said Matthews. ...

Smoking ban draws closer
Sampson (NC) Independent, 2009-12-16
Chris Berendt

Just weeks away from a law that will prohibit smoking in restaurants and bars, Sampson County health officials informed local government officials about the particulars of the legislation and how it is, by and large, being received locally ­ positively.

The law, effective Jan. 2, has as its goal to protect the health of individuals in public places and places of employment from the inherent risk of secondhand smoke.

The legislation, Senate Bill 2, states that the N.C. General Assembly finds secondhand smoke has been proven to cause cancer, heart disease and asthma attacks in both smokers and nonsmokers. ...

Restaurants preparing to go smoke-free
Morganton (NC) News Herald, 2009-12-16
Julie N. Chang * The News Herald

Although the North Carolina smoke-free law doesn't go into effect until Jan. 2, some local restaurants are already starting to implement smoking bans.

Fatz Caf , 2111 S. Sterling St., was ahead of the game when it went smoke-free almost a year ago. And Abele's Family Restaurant, 2156 S. Sterling St., went smoke-free in July.

The N.C. General Assembly passed, and Gov. Bev Purdue signed, the Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law in May. The law bans smoking in enclosed areas of almost all restaurants and bars; hotels, motels and inns that serve food and drink and state government buildings and vehicles.

Phil Scarboro, owner of Friday Friends, 315 Sanford Drive, and Timberwood Family Restaurant, 1301 Bethel Road, said the restaurants will maintain their smoking sections until the law goes into effect in January. ...

Choking off the smoke
Asheville may ban smoking in city parks
Mountain Xpress, 2009-12-16
Brian Postelle

A statewide ban on smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants, takes effect Saturday, Jan. 2. But that same legislation, passed by the General Assembly in May, also boosts local governments' ability to restrict smoking in public areas such as parks -- a move Asheville is already mulling over.

In August, City Council instructed the city attorney's office to draft an ordinance that would address smoking on city-owned property; it is expected to come before Council early in the new year.

"This broadens the areas where we may prohibit smoking," City Attorney Bob Oast told Xpress. In addition to all city parks, the ordinance could also cover Asheville's evolving greenway system and the Municipal Golf Course. Meanwhile, the momentum for such a ban is building outside the Council chamber. ...

Hookah Bliss Owner Will Defy Smoking Ban
Carolina Journal (John Locke Foundation), 2009-12-14
Donna Martinez

CHAPEL HILL -- The owner of a Chapel Hill hookah bar says he will defy the state's new smoking ban that has ensnared his business but exempted other types of smoking establishments. Adam Bliss, owner of Hookah Bliss, believes the ban is discriminatory. He will continue to sell hookahs and alcohol beginning Jan. 2, the day it becomes illegal to smoke in most North Carolina bars and restaurants.

"You can come in and have a smoke and have a beer and enjoy the rock 'n' roll music that I play," said Bliss, whose bar is one of a handful across the state where flavored tobacco is smoked through a pipe filled with water. The activity traces its roots to India. "We are going to stay open and we are going to do business as usual." . . .

When told of Bliss' plan to defy the law, Kinnaird said it's his choice to make. "I have nothing to do with that. He's a private citizen and can do whatever he wants. It does not involve me in any way," she said.

Bliss' last stand may come in a courtroom. He's talking with hookah bar owners in Asheville, Fayetteville, Winston-Salem, and Boone about pooling funds to hire an attorney to fight the law. ...

Private clubs exempt from smoking ban law, chose to go smoke free
WECT 6 WILMINGTON(NC), 2009-12-05

Private clubs like the Country Club of Landfall are exempt from the law, but club members here already know to leave their lighters at home.
Club General Manager Bob Jahnes says, "It's for the respect of all of the other members that don't want the smoke in their dining environment and also for the health issues involved in second hand smoke."

Jahnes says smoking hasn't been allowed inside for years. In fact, he believes most country clubs around the state have rules against smoking.
In our area, Beau Rivage, the City Club, Landfall, Pine Valley Country Club and the Surf Club at Wrightsville Beach have all gone smoke-free.
Many of them describe the smoking ban as family and health friendly... a policy they say their members enjoy. ...

Smokers face ban on Jan. 2
No ifs, ands or ‘butts’ about it
Washington (NC) Daily News, 2009-12-01
GREG KATSKI Community Editor

On Jan. 2, a North Carolina state law prohibiting smoking in certain public places and certain places of employment, most notably restaurants and bars, takes effect. Exempt from the nonsmoking law are private clubs, defined by the state’s General Assembly as a country club or an organization that maintains selective members, is operated by the membership, does not provide food or lodging for pay to anyone who is not a member or a member’s guest and is either incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under state law or is tax-exempt under federal law.

Ann Houston Staples, director of public education and communications for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, said there has been some confusion about what establishments are considered private clubs under the new state law.

“It’s very well-defined in the law what they mean by a private club. It’s not hard to understand,” she said. “Just because your (establishment) is considered a private club under ABC laws, that does not mean it’s considered one under smoking laws.” ...

Bald Head Island considers adding to smoking ban
StarNewsOnline.com - Patricia E. Matson - November 19, 2009

Bald Head Island may soon take advantage of the state's new anti-smoking law by putting its own ban into effect.

The state law will forbid smoking in most bars and restaurants and will also allow local municipalities to broaden their own smoking bans. It goes into effect Jan. 2.

The ordinance being considered at Bald Head Island in Brunswick County would ban smoking in any government building and government grounds, in any government-owned or government-controlled vehicle, and in any public place, defined as an enclosed area to which the public is invited or permitted. ...

County officials weigh possibility of additional smoking restrictions
Wilmington (NC) Star-News, 2009-11-11
Vicky Eckenrode

Local county health officials are considering new smoking restrictions once the statewide ban on puffing in bars and restaurants takes effect Jan. 2.

Largely overlooked during the debate over the law, which puts an end to smoking inside in most bars and restaurants, a provision in the new ban will extend the power of local governments to pass their own ordinances to snuff out smoking.

In the existing law, cities and counties in North Carolina can only ban smoking inside local government buildings, around health departments or departments of social services and on public transportation vehicles.
When the new smoking law takes effect, local governments can restrict smoking in more places if they want. ...

North Carolinians must find new places to light up in the new year
Web site aids transition for owners and customers to be smoke-free
The Pendulum (Elon University), 2009-11-11
Allee Bennett

Come the new year, Elon students and Alamance County residents will notice there is something less smelly in the air when entering restaurants and bars throughout the state.

North Carolina's new law requires enclosed areas of restaurants and bars to be smoke-free by Jan. 2. The smoking ordinance, passed in May, bans smoking in any establishment where food or drinks are prepared for profit.

Alamance County will see many changes in the food service establishments, with 300 sit-down restaurants and 100 food stands that currently allow smoking in some or all parts of their facilities.

"A lot of restaurant owners wanted to (go smoke-free) before, and now they are more than willing to comply with the law," said Barry Bass, director of the Alamance County Health Department. ...

I-Team investigates smoking rules at Charlotte airport
NBC6 WCNC-TV (Charlotte, NC), 2009-11-02
JEFF CAMPBELL / NewsChannel 36

An investigation by the Newschannel 36 I-Team reveals a burning controversy at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

It's no secret that after a long flight, smokers are looking for a place to light up. But at the same time, non-smokers want the smoke kept away from them.

On three separate trips to the airport, our cameras watched as travelers lit up in areas that were off limits. It was not an isolated problem. Our I-Team saw smokers over and over and over again, all breaking the rules in the most public of places.

There are signs posted outside -- on the curb, on walls, and on the ceiling -- all warning people of no-smoking areas, and directing smokers to the courtesy smoking points. Yet we found smokers disregarding those signs time after time.

"When you're waiting for a ride to pick you up and you have no choice but to stand outside, you're stuck there with the smokers," said Monica Godshall, a frequent traveler who tipped off NewsChannel 36 to the problem.

During our investigation, we saw people smoking in front of children and in crowded areas. And it's not just travelers. We saw workers breaking the rules, too. We took the problem to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Aviation Director Jerry Orr. He told us the airport is aware of the problem, and they frequently get complaints from people on both sides of the issue. ...

Website explains new NC smoking law
WECT-TV6 - Debra Worley - October 29, 2009

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Governor Bev Perdue has launched a new website to help implement the upcoming smoking ban that requires restaurants, bars, and lodging establishments that serve food and drink to go smoke-free at the start of 2010.

The website, www.SmokeFree.NC.gov, provides business owners and customers information on the new law which begins January 2. There are downloadable fact sheets, no-smoking signs and other tools to help make the transition to smoke-free air an easy one. ...

State battles wishful thinking on smoking ban
News & Observer - Mark Johnson - October 23, 2009

Some bar owners and managers across the state think they have found an escape clause in the state's new smoking ban.

State officials are about to snuff out those plans.

Ann Houston Staples, the Charlotte-based communications director for the state's anti-smoking efforts, said health officials are encountering bar operators who think that, as a private club or by becoming a private club, they can still let customers smoke. ...

Smoking ban on government facilities in Pender stalls
The Topsail Voice (Hampstead, NC), 2009-10-23
Ken Clarke

BURGAW - A proposed ban on smoking on government grounds in Pender County found little support from the county commissioners.

Pender County Health Director Dr. Jack Griffith appeared before the board Monday night saying the Health Board had unanimously recommended that the commissioners adopt an ordinance prohibiting tobacco use on county owned property.

Commissioner Norwood Blanchard said he is an ex-smoker but was apprehensive about passing a local ordinance that was more restrictive than the state law. ...

No lighting up, even on sidewalk?
CharlotteObserver.com - October 22, 2009

When N.C. restaurants and bars go smoke-free at the start of 2010, smokers might find another place they aren't welcome: part of Elizabeth Avenue and its sidewalks.

Central Piedmont Community College campuses are going tobacco-free next year, and the school asked the city of Charlotte to ban smoking on Elizabeth Avenue from Kings Drive to Charlottetown Avenue, where it bisects its central campus.

If the City Council approves the ban, Charlotte would be among the first cities in the country to ban smoking on a city sidewalk or street. ...

Town board passes smoking ban ordinance in buildings, vehicles
Macon County News - Marla Dalrymple - September 10, 2009

The Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen considered two new ordinances at its regular monthly meeting held Tuesday night, Sept. 8 — a smoking ban for town buildings and vehicles; and an ordinance to govern the town’s Memorial Park.

The ordinance banning tobacco use in town buildings and vehicles was prepared by Town Attorney John Henning Jr. According to the ordinance, “It shall be unlawful for any person to use tobacco, of any kind or description, in any building or facility or portion of a building or facility now or hereafter owned, leased, operated, occupied, managed or controlled by the Town.”

The ordinance also states that it is unlawful to use any kind of tobacco in any vehicle owned, leased or hereafter owned or leased by the Town. ...

Our Place in Whiteville goes smoke-free
WECT-TV6 - Debra Worley - September 2, 2009

WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - One of Whiteville's most popular restaurants is now smoke-free.

The owners of Our Place decided to beat the statewide smoking ban that will go into effect at the beginning of 2010.

Workers said the smokeless environment will allow them to renovate the restaurant. So far they say nobody seems to mind. ...

PTI Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect Tuesday
My Fox 8 - September 1, 2009

A smoking ban at Piedmont Triad International Airport will go into effect on Tuesday.

Smokers at PTI will be relegated to the outdoors after the Guilford County Board of Health passed new local restrictions on smoking in governmental buildings.

The health board voted in June to ban smoking at Piedmont Triad Airport. The new rules eliminate smoking in all municipal buildings, including all municipalities in the county. ...

Smoking ban causes frustration with downtown businesses
WWAY NewsChannel 3 (Wilmington, NC), 2009-08-28

Recently, the downtown campus of Cape Fear Community college became off limits to smokers. Now, business owners nearby say smokers looking for a safe haven are becoming a nuisance.

The campus went smoke free August 1st. Area business owners said the ban has pushed students who do smoke closer and closer to their doors. Smoking on the city's sidewalks is still fair game. Folks at the Cotton Exchange, next door to campus, said that is a major problem. ...

Smoke-free campus delights some at Craven CC
ENC Today - Laura Oleniacz - August 20, 2009

Students stepped onto a smoke-free environment at Craven Community College when a new policy took effect Wednesday, and some students noted the policy as a positive change.

The college’s Board of Trustees approved the tobacco-free campus policy on April 21, forbidding the use of tobacco products by students, staff, faculty and visitors in all campus buildings, facilities, property, or vehicles owned or leased by the college as well as on the grounds.

“Luckily, I don’t think we’ve had any problem at all,” said Kathy Beal, the college’s vice president of institutional advancement in an interview on Wednesday. “I think people on this campus were as concerned about smoking as people around the world are.” ...

Health Board, PTIA Still At Odds On Smoking Ban
WXII Ch. 12 (Winston-Salem, NC), 2009-08-19
DAVID NIVENS , HIGH POINT ENTERPRISE

GUILFORD COUNTY -- Piedmont Triad Airport leaders and county health officials have so far agreed to disagree about which agency has the authority to enforce an airport smoking ban on Sept. 1.

The Guilford County Board of Health approved smoking rules for local government buildings in June, after seeking legal opinions about the airport. Since then, the two agencies have exchanged legal opinions in letters and the airport authority has adopted its own smoking ban. As of Sept. 1, no smoking will be allowed inside airport buildings.

"The county wants to make sure that the airport authority accepts that the health department rules are the authority," Health Director Merle Green told the health board on Monday. ...

CFCC welcomes students as a smoke free campus
WWAY NewsChannel 3 (Wilmington, NC), 2009-08-17

Downtown Wilmington is a little more crowded than it has been recently as students have returned for the fall to Cape Fear Community College. The difference this semester - a new ban on smoking on campus. This means no smoking on school grounds, indoors or out. But, like any law, there are some loopholes.

The new smoking ban at Cape Fear Community College does apply to all of the campus, but not to the city sidewalks where it is still fair game for smoking. Step onto the campus’ red bricks though, and that is where you are not allowed anymore to smoke. ...

No Exemption for Hookah Bars
WHQR Public Radio - Michael Tomsic - August 4, 2009

A bill to exempt hookah bars from the North Carolina smoking ban was withdrawn from the House at the request of hookah bar owners.
The bill had passed two committees when hookah bar owners from Watauga and Orange Counties asked Watauga County Democrat Cullie Tarleton to pull it. Tarleton, the bill's primary sponsor, says the issue will not be reopened during this legislative cycle.

"I tried to make it very clear that our window of opportunity was now, which was last week, and once the decision was made not to go forward with the bill, that killed it for this session."

Tarleton says the owners asked him to withdraw the bill because of amendments that would greatly restrict their businesses. ...

Buncombe County eyes tougher smoking rules
Asheville Citizen-Times - Aug 1, 2009

ASHEVILLE — A proposal under consideration by Buncombe County would stop smokers from dashing outside a county-owned building for a quick puff in favor of forcing them off the grounds altogether. ...

WPCC goes smoke free Saturday
Morganton News Herald - Julie N. Chang - July 30, 2009

MORGANTON - Breathe a little easier Saturday at Western Piedmont Community College as the campus goes tobacco free. The policy applies to administrators, students, faculty, staff, visitors, vendors and contractors.

Vice President for Student Development Emily Williamson said the school's Board of Trustees approved the policy in January but left a grace period for implementing the policy.

President of the College Dr. Jim Burnett said, "Western Piedmont Community College has a responsibility to its students and employees to provide a safe and healthy environment."

The North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission funds 15 campuses, including WPCC, as part of its 100 percent Tobacco Free College Initiative. Grants from the project help N.C. campuses adopt and implement comprehensive, campus-wide tobacco use policies.

There are 31 colleges and universities in the state with comprehensive tobacco use policies. ...

Pamlico correction facility goes smoking free early
New Bern (NC) Sun-Journal, 2009-07-29
Francine Sawyer Sun Journal Staff

A smoking ban on the property of the Pamlico Correctional Institution in Bayboro goes into effect Monday.

According to a release from the N.C. Department of Correction, a state senate bill prohibits smoking and the possession of tobacco products outside locked vehicles on the grounds of correctional institutions.

The bill goes into effect statewide March 1, 2010; however, Pamlico Correctional Institution will begin Monday.

The ban will affect staff, inmates, visitors and vendors who come on the grounds of the prison ...

KICK THE HABIT: Smoke-free policy takes effect
High Point Enterprise (subscription) - Darrick Ignasiak - July 29, 2009

LEXINGTON - Students who are smokers on the campus of Davidson County Community College treated Wednesday just like any other day ...

PTIA approves smoking ban
High Point (NC) Enterprise, 2009-07-29
PAUL B. JOHNSON

GREENSBORO - Smoke 'em if you got 'em through the end of next month inside the terminal at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Starting Sept. 1, passengers, visitors and workers at the airport only will be able to smoke outside.

The Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, reflecting new restrictions passed earlier this year by the N.C. General Assembly, will prohibit all cigarette and other tobacco smoking, eliminating a pair of designated indoor smoking areas.

The authority, the airport's governing board, unanimously passed the new rule during its monthly meeting in the board room at PTIA.

New law may put flames out at Wilmington Hookah Bars
WECT 6 WILMINGTON(NC), 2009-07-29

Wilmington is home to about one-fifth of all hookah bars in North Carolina, but the state smoking ban would effectively put them all out of business.

A bill approved Tuesday by a judiciary committee could change the rules for hookah bars like Wilmington's Juggling Gypsy on Castle Street.
"We've been very active with other hookah bars in the state," said Denny Best, Juggling Gypsy manager. "We're trying to get an amendment passed to exempt hookah bars like they plan to exempt cigar bars." ...

Exception for hookah bars OK'd by NC House panel
North Carolina House committee agrees to exempt existing hookah bars from smoking ban
AP, 2009-07-29

Establishments where patrons smoke tobacoo using a water pipe could remain open in North Carolina in legislation heading to the full House.
A judiciary committee Tuesday evening narrowly approved a bill to allow hookah bars open as of July 1 to keep selling after a new smoking ban in bars and restaurants takes effect next year. ...

CFCC to be smoke free in August
WECT-TV6 - Debra Worley - July 28, 2009

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Cape Fear Community College will be smoke free in less than a week.

Administrators decided to prohibit smoking on campus in effort to create a healthier environment and help the campus look cleaner.

Despite the positive effects, the campus wide smoking ban has some students burning up.

"I pay the same amount as everyone else," said student Laura Goodwin in a previous report. "I should be able to smoke here as long as I put it in the correct container."

"I think it is great," said @gr8colours on Twitter. "If the kids want to smoke, they can in the car. Don't expose my children to the smoke outside the door." ...

Town Board To Consider Smoking Ban
MyNC.com - July 27, 2009

Hillsborough will considering banning smoking at all of its parks during a town meeting tonight.

The proposal comes after complaints from citizens about smoking near the playground at Gold Park, the newest and largest park.

Kristin Sides, Hillsborough resident, spends lots of time at Gold Park with her three kids. She said she enjoys the clean, natural environment which she said would be enhanced if the town bans smoking at its parks. ...

No-smoking restrictions may extend
Cherokee Scout - Dwight Otwell - July 21, 2009

Murphy – Restrictions on smoking outside of Cherokee County public buildings could be on the way.

On July 13, the health board discussed recommending further restrictions to county commissioners. Smoking already is restricted inside county buildings.

A new law that will go into effect Jan. 2 prohibits smoking in restaurants and bars, and lodging establishments only can designate 20 percent of their rooms for smoking. The law provides local governments the authority to regulate smoking in local government buildings and grounds. The law also allows local authority to prohibit smoking in enclosed areas to which the public is invited. ...

Hillsborough May Make Town Parks Smoke-Free
MyNC.com - July 16, 2009

The Town of Hillsborough is considering a tobacco-free policy for all town parks.

The Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Board has recommended creating a tobacco-free zone around play structures. The recommendation to the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners - made June 16 - follows concerns from citizens about smoking near the playground at Gold Park, the town's newest and only full-size park.

The Town Board will consider expanding the recommended zone to make all park property smoke-free. The proposed ordinance would apply to all parks owned and/or maintained by the Town of Hillsborough. The board will consider the proposal during its July 27 workshop. It meets at 7 p.m. in the Town Barn, located on the Town Hall campus at 101 E. Orange St. ...

All N.C. hospitals shun tobacco usage to protect patients
News 14 Carolina (Raleigh, NC), 2009-07-06
Gavin MacRoberts

FAYETTEVILLE – Starting Monday, all hospitals in North Carolina are tobacco free. It’s the goal of a program created by N.C. Prevention Partners and the N.C. Hospital Association.

The program first started three years ago with a $600,000 grant from Duke Endowment.

Hospitals joining the program agree to make their campus 100 percent tobacco-free, including buildings, sidewalks and parking lots. Organizers say North Carolina now leads the nation in tobacco-free hospitals and will protect millions of patients, visitors and hospital employees from second-hand smoke. ...

Guilford County leaders enact smoking restrictions
News 14 Carolina (Raleigh, NC), 2009-06-29
Bob Costner

Guilford County's health department unanimously passed a new smoking ban in county buildings Monday evening.

Many of the municipalities around the area have already enacted some restrictions. The plan will ban indoor smoking in all county buildings, including PTI Airport. The facility is designated no smoking, but does have a smoking lounge, among the few left these days.

Texan Lou Tornabell was having a cigarette out on the sidewalk Monday and was unaware of the smoking area.

"The last airport I was ever at where there was a lounge was Hong Kong, and if you never smoked before, all you had to do is walk and breathe," said Tornabell. ...

PTI: No smoking zone?
Greensboro News Record - Gerald Witt - June 29, 2009

GREENSBORO — Our airport was once known informally as having one of the more smoker-friendly terminals in the country.

It’s a title that would seem to make sense; Piedmont Triad International Airport is arguably in the epicenter of tobacco country. If you have business at two of the nation’s largest tobacco companies — Lorillard in Greensboro, Reynolds American in Winston-Salem — PTI is your destination airport.

But beginning today, a nod to the wealth that helped build this area — the airport smokers lounge — could be at risk of ending when Guilford County’s bBoard of health takes up a policy that would eliminate smoking areas in public buildings. ...

Using Indoor Air Quality Monitoring in 6 Counties to Change Policy in North Carolina.
Proescholdbell, S.; Steiner, J.; Goldstein, A.O.; Malek, S.H.
Preventing Chronic Disease. July 2009, 6(3): A87.

Crescent Resources Multifamily Development Group Opens Circle at ...
Carolina Newswire (press release) - June 24, 2009

Charlotte, N.C. -- Crescent Resources Multifamily Development Group has opened Circle at South End, a community that is committed to the environment and promotes healthy, fun living in Charlotte’s historic South End neighborhood. It is the first 100-percent smoke-free community in Charlotte.

Circle at South End embodies Crescent’s innovative approach to apartment living, offering residents the opportunity to live in upscale, environmentally friendly communities focused on enriching their social experiences. This community, and all Circle communities, is 100 percent smoke-free to promote clean air in residential areas and common spaces. Circle communities offer unique programming – from volunteering to pet happy hours – aimed at fostering a sense of community among residents. ...

TBJ poll: Two-thirds favor smoking ban
Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area, 2009-05-28

Nearly two-thirds of The Business Journal's online readers participating in an unscientific survey said they support the state's ban on smoking in public places.

Out of 312 respondents to the poll, 198 people, or 63 percent, said they were in favor of the state law passed earlier this month that bans smoking indoors, including in nearly all bars and restaurants.

Another 103 readers, or 33 percent, said they opposed such a ban, and 11 respondents, or 4 percent, were unsure. ...

Thursday at the North Carolina General Assembly
CharlotteObserver.com - May 28, 2009

In the committees:

S167, to extend a smoking ban inside North Carolina prisons to include outside prison grounds and to make it a misdemeanor for someone to knowingly provide tobacco products or cell phones to a prisoner or to someone who delivers the items to an inmate. Recommended for approval, House Ways and Means Committee. Next: Re-referred to House Judiciary III Committee. ...

Smoke-Free: Shift in smoking policy was once unimaginable
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2009-05-20
James Romoser JOURNAL RALEIGH BUREAU

Yesterday was a historic day for North Carolina, the nation's largest tobacco-producing state, Gov. Bev Perdue said as she signed into law a statewide ban on smoking in bars and restaurants.

Smokers and business owners have some time to prepare -- the ban doesn't take effect until Jan. 2, 2010.

With a celebratory ceremony and a few strokes of her pen, Perdue made official a policy shift that was once inconceivable. . . .

North Carolina becomes the second tobacco-producing state to enact major restrictions on smoking, after Virginia, which passed a similar law earlier this year. North Carolina's law is more restrictive than Virginia's, because Virginia's law allows smoking in separately ventilated rooms of bars and restaurants. ...

Smoking ban signed by Perdue
Greensboro News Record - May 19, 2009

RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue has signed a law that bans smoking in bars and restaurants at a ceremony this morning in the state capitol building. The measure will go into effect Jan. 2, 2010.

"It's really an historic moment for North Carolina," Perdue said, giving a nod to the state's deep roots in tobacco. The state remains the country's leading tobacco grower.

Also on hand were legislators who backed the bill, including Rep. Hugh Holliman of Lexington, Pat Hurley of Asheboro and Alma Adams of Greensboro.

The law will also allow local governments to impose some local smoking restrictions.

Although favored by health advocates, the smoking ban was opposed by cigarette markers such as Greensboro-based Lorillard and some business owners, who said government should not tell them how to run their businesses. ...

PITTS: Smoking ban a big step for state
Fayetteville (NC) Observer & Times, 2009-05-17
Myron Pitts

I have been blessed to grow up in the era when smoking has been banned from planes.

Planes already have their discomforts, including the chilly air, cramped seats and ear-popping altitude.

When I settle into my tight seat and spy the crossed-out cigarette in the lighted panel above, I sometimes imagine how it must have been to be trapped in there with smoke, like the millions of travelers before me.

When I arrived in the workplace for my first job, smoking had been banished from the office, too. I figure the sensible laws behind that move probably handed me two or three years of life.

I then handed back to the Lord those two years I had received and then some, thanks to all the time I used to spend in smoky bars and nightspots.

The generation that follows me will no longer have to pay that price, at least not in North Carolina. ...

WHITE: I'm breathing easier
Fayetteville (NC) Observer & Times, 2009-05-17
Tim White

I lit up my last cigarette sometime in February of 1982. But I've smoked plenty since then.

Not by choice. It's because I had to sit in someone else's smoke cloud. Most often, it was in a restaurant, especially those with a bar that opened up to the rest of the place. Smoking and drinking go together like -- well, like smoking and drinking.

Second-hand smoke was a big reason why I quit. My son was about to turn 3, and I suspected my smoking played a role in his chronic ear and sinus infections. Knowing what I know now, I'm sure of it.

I had another reason, too -- I was coming to realize there was no way I'd live a long and happy life if I continued on my heavy-smoking way. I was hooked and there was no way I could just cut back. It was all or nothing. I picked nothing. . . .

Am I satisfied? No. Not at all. I know the multi-billion-dollar cost of smoking -- active and second-hand -- paid by this state's government, businesses and residents every year. Smoking drives up the cost of health insurance and costs businesses a fortune in lost work time.

The new ban will help lessen that pain, but not enough. House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman (the law's sponsor) and his allies need to come back next year and try to broaden the ban. And the state needs to strengthen its smoking-cessation efforts.

But last week's victory was sweet nonetheless. Twenty-seven years later, I'm another step closer to being truly smoke-free. ...

Smoking Ban Hazy on Bowling Alleys
Lawmakers Pass Smoking Ban for N.C. Restaurants and Bars
FOX8 WGHP (High Point, NC), 2009-05-14
Angela Rodriguez FOX8 News

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Some business operators are, pardon the metaphor, waiting for the smoke to clear over a new statewide smoking ban.

The proposed bill bans smoking in restaurants and bars.
Under the letter of the law, it's hard to tell if bowling alleys can be considered a restaurant and or bar. ...

'Historic day': Ban on smoking goes to governor
Historic legislation will soon snuff out cigarettes inside the bars and restaurants of Tobacco Road
Charlotte (NC) Observer, 2009-05-14
Benjamin Niolet

Smoking will soon be prohibited in bars and restaurants across North Carolina, a state where tobacco was once revered for the money it generated for farmers, universities and community institutions.

The state House on Wednesday narrowly approved a compromise with the Senate on a smoking ban. The legislation moves to Gov. Bev Perdue, who said she will sign the bill into law. The ban would take effect Jan. 2.

Perdue, a Democrat, called it "an important and historic day for North Carolina."

The bill, which passed 62-56, prohibits smoking inside bars and restaurants but doesn't affect outside areas of those businesses. The bill makes an exception for cigar bars, although bars cannot start selling cigars to skirt the ban.

While North Carolina still has one of the country's highest concentrations of smokers - 23 percent of the population - an Elon University poll in March found about two-thirds of residents backed a ban on indoor public smoking. Eight in 10 said they consider secondhand smoke a threat to their health.

For generations, N.C. tobacco growers were a protected class . . .

Should N.C. ban smoking in bars and restaurants?

Yes 1681 72%
No 649 28%

Statement from Gov. Perdue on Smoking Ban bill
State of North Carolina Office of the Governor, 2009-05-14

Today is an important and historic day for North Carolina – a day to applaud Rep. Hugh Holliman and Sen. William Purcell for protecting the health of North Carolinians.

I have vigorously supported efforts to reduce and eliminate smoking and this bill will help more North Carolina citizens avoid the dangers of secondhand smoke.

EDITORIAL: Clearing the air
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2009-05-13
JOURNAL EDITORIAL STAFF

The state Senate acted courageously Monday when it voted to ban smoking in almost all bars and restaurants. This is a stronger ban than the one proposed by the House. The full legislature should now approve it to protect customers and workers from the well-documented dangers of second-hand smoke. . . .

So the senate ban is more fair. That said, it should have included all workplaces. All workers should receive all the protection the state can give them.

But the omission was probably necessary to get the bill passed. Perhaps the ban can be extended in the next legislative session. Smokers will still be free to indulge outside at most workplaces.

The ban as it stands now is a crucial start. Restaurants and bars are the places where most nonsmokers come in contact with smokers. Many other workplaces have already banned inside smoking. . . .

But North Carolina lawmakers are finally realizing that their first obligation is protecting the health of the citizens of this state. The legislature is poised to make history with a smoking ban.
The criticism will be heavy. But in generations to come, as smoking-related illnesses decline, the wisdom of this decision will be as clear as the air. ...

Second Vote Scheduled In NC Senate For Smoking Ban
Opponents Argue Ban Violates Business Owners' Rights
AP, 2009-05-11

RALEIGH -- It's looking more like the Legislature wants a broad smoking ban in tobacco-growing North Carolina.

The Senate scheduled a second and final vote Monday on a measure that would ban lighting up in all enclosed restaurants and bars.

Senators gave an initial OK to the bill last week. Another "yes" vote would return the bill to the House, which passed an earlier version extending the ban to work sites where children under age 18 visit. The House could agree with the Senate or seek a compromise. ...

EDITORIAL: N.C. breaking from tobacco past
Elizabeth City (NC) Daily Advance, 2009-05-10

For the non-smoking public, nothing takes the luster off a night out on the town with friends or a dinner with the family like a smelly, smoke-filled environment. But even worse than a foggy social atmosphere is the actual harm that second-hand cigarette smoke does to the lungs and circulatory system of those who inhale it. It's a condition the public and many public officials are getting serious about -- including those in North Carolina.

Senate lawmakers stepped up for better public health last week when they gave preliminary approval, voting 26-16, to ban smoking in the state's bars and restaurants. We urge the Senate to pass the final legislation, which is expected to come to a vote this week. . . .
Majorities in both houses of the Legislature are acutely aware of the state's historical and economic connection to tobacco. They are, nevertheless, moving counter to tobacco, swayed by the larger and more responsible cause of public health -- and the human and medical costs tied to tobacco. Each year more than 12,000 residents of North Carolina die from diseases related to smoking. Additionally, the state's annual health care costs directly tied to smoking comes to about $2.46 billion.

Human suffering and loss have driven a wedge between the state and tobacco -- an institution considered good for N.C.'s economy in a former era, but in the current one, a plague on public health. Supportive action by lawmakers this week should drive that wedge a little deeper.

Senate OKs public smoking ban
The bill would have to be reconciled with the House version, but even tobacco interests acknowledge that restrictions are inevitable.
Charlotte (NC) Observer, 2009-05-08
Mark Johnson

The state Senate voted Thursday to ban smoking in bars and restaurants in North Carolina, setting the stage for what would be a historic prohibition of a product that created thousands of jobs, built Duke and Wake Forest universities and has long been an integral part of the culture in the nation's top tobacco-producing state.

House members passed a tougher version last month, meaning that lawmakers will still have to work out a compromise, assuming the Senate passes the measure in a second vote Monday. The bill passed Thursday by an eight-vote margin, 26-18.

The state's tobacco interests conceded Thursday that change is coming.
"It's inevitable," said Tommy Bunn, president of the Raleigh-based U.S. Tobacco Cooperative, a farmer-owned grower, purchaser and manufacturer. "Historically, it's a big deal because of all the support the state has received from tobacco."

Many restaurants already prohibit smoking, but the Senate's ban would end the days of the smoke-filled bar. ...

NC smoking ban narrowed in Senate committee
Rocky Mount Telegram - May 6, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. — The scope of a statewide smoking ban was narrowed Wednesday to include only restaurants and bars, the result of political realities in the Senate that left neither health advocates nor tobacco boosters pleased.

The altered bill was recommended by a wide margin in the Senate Health Care Committee, where just a week ago a more restrictive bill was approved by a clearly divided panel. But the bill was sent back to the committee after Senate Democrats said there weren't enough votes to pass a measure that would have extended to all work sites as well.

"There have been changes to the bill, and I hope some of you now will be able to support this committee substitute," Sen. Bill Purcell, D-Scotland, the committee's co-chairman and chief supporter of the smoking ban bill in the Senate. The bill could come to the floor as early as Thursday.

Purcell said the measure will still "help protect the health of citizens of North Carolina and help reduce the cost of health care in North Carolina."

Health advocates have been pushing for at least four years to get a wide-ranging smoking ban through the Legislature in a state that is the nation's leading tobacco producer. But other states rich in heritage with the golden leaf — most recently Virginia in March — have snuffed out smoking in restaurant and bars. ...

Democrats delay smoking-ban bill to firm up votes
Key supporters were absent, and leaders did not want to take a chance in close tally
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2009-05-01
James Romoser JOURNAL RALEIGH BUREAU

Democrats in the N.C. Senate postponed a vote yesterday on a statewide smoking ban because they were unsure if it would pass.
"It was just getting too close a call for us to take a chance on losing the bill," said state Sen. William Purcell, D-Scotland and a major supporter of the bill.

The bill would outlaw smoking in restaurants, bars and virtually all indoor workplaces in North Carolina.

Senate committee approves stricter smoking ban
Fayetteville (NC) Observer & Times, 2009-04-29
Paul Woolverton Staff writer

The state Senate's Health Committee voted Wednesday for a strict smoking ban in North Carolina ­ and eliminated plans to exempt bars and nightclubs from the restrictions.

State Sen. Bill Purcell of Scotland County, a physician and leading advocate for the ban, hopes to bring the bill for a floor vote in the Senate as soon as today.

Much of the rhetoric during the debate on the legislation echoed previous arguments. Proponents said a broad ban on smoking is necessary to protect the health of workers and the public in general. Opponents said individual business owners should decide whether to have smoking on their premises.

But for the first time since the legislature began debating the issue in February, a representative from a tobacco company spoke up. ...

EDITORIAL: Where's the Duke?
Bits and pieces
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2009-04-25
JOURNAL EDITORIAL STAFF

We can't work up a lot of sympathy for the movie industry's efforts to claim an exemption from North Carolina's proposed workplace smoking ban so that actors can light up on screen. . . .

An official with the Motion Picture Association of America, which sought the change, told The Associated Press that they were only trying to ensure that "arts imitates life." California, where so many movies are made, has an exemption in its workplace smoking ban "if smoking is an integral part of the story in the theatrical production."

We're all for artistic freedom. But a ban's a ban, or at least we hope it will be. Moviemakers can simulate most anything these days.

But it's worth noting that many of us who grew up watching our favorite stars smoke on screen took up the habit in imitation. One actor who generally kept his smoking off screen was John Wayne, who appeared in ads for the American Cancer Society after losing a lung to cancer in 1964.

The senate could use a dose of the Duke's courage about now.

Smoking ban hits a snag in the state Senate
Fayetteville (NC) Observer & Times, 2009-04-23
Paul Woolverton Staff writer

The proposed ban on smoking at most workplaces hit a snag Wednesday when the film industry told legislators the bill would hamper movie and television production in North Carolina.

The industry asked lawmakers for an exemption for television and film actors to smoke during performances. Lawmakers are working on such a provision, said Sen. Bill Purcell of Laurinburg, co-chairman of the committee.

But the Senate will likely make other key changes in the bill, which passed the House this month. They are expected to close a loophole that would allow smoking in bars and clubs where children aren't allowed, but not in most restaurants and family establishments. ...

Smoking-ban supporters try to restore bill's restrictions
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2009-04-23
James Romoser JOURNAL RALEIGH BUREAU

Supporters of a ban on smoking in indoor workplaces in North Carolina are trying to restore a provision that would include adult-only businesses under the ban.

The smoking ban was approved by the N.C. House earlier this month -- but only after the bill was amended to exempt bars and other places that are not open to people younger than 18.

The bill is now before the N.C. Senate.

The Senate Health Committee will take up a substitute bill that will eliminate the exemption and restore the ban to its more restrictive form, according to the chairman of the health committee, Sen. William Purcell. ...

NC Senate committee delays smoking ban debate
WRAL.com - April 22, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. — Camera! Action! But no lights?

A bill to ban smoking in many businesses and restaurants in North Carolina was removed from the Senate Health Care Committee on Wednesday because the motion picture industry worries it would prevent actors from smoking on screen.

Committee chairman Sen. Bill Purcell of Scotland County said he wanted to give the movie industry in Wilmington time to propose an amendment. The bill will be considered next week.

The Senate is considering whether to restore tougher restrictions on smoking that were deleted when the bill passed the House. A provision to bar smoking in businesses that employ or serve anyone under age 18 likely would be broadened.

The bill's chief sponsor - Rep. Hugh Holliman of Davidson County - isn't taking a stand on a moviemaking exemption yet. ...

Online Poll: Should North Carolina ban smoking in bars and restaurants?
Carteret News Times, 2009-04-15

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NC Senate mulls public smoking ban
Duke Chronicle - April 13, 2009

The North Carolina Senate is currently reviewing a bill that bans smoking in public places. The bill was passed April 2 by the state House of Representatives after undergoing last-minute revisions April 1 that added exceptions for certain bars, which has caused mixed reactions among local restaurant owners and managers. ...

Smoking ban bill exempts bars
CharlotteObserver.com - April 3, 2009

RALEIGH The state House adopted a ban Thursday on smoking that exempts bars, setting up a potentially powerful enemy in the state's restaurant industry.

But a smoking ban appears likely to win approval in some form. Senate leaders say the bill has a good chance in their chamber, and Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, has said she'd sign a ban.

The House bill would ban smoking in most N.C. workplaces and restaurants.

Restaurants have vowed to fight the ban. They fear that patrons will choose to grab some bar food and enjoy a cigarette afterwards, rather than visit a restaurant and go without a smoke.

“It's pretty clear. We now strongly oppose the bill,” said Paul Stone, president and CEO of the N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association. “It creates a significant amount of unfairness. There are plenty of family-friendly places that also have active bars later at night.”

N.C. House poised to pass smoking ban
The bill, which requires final House approval before moving to the state Senate, would outlaw smoking in most workplaces and restaurants. Most bars would be exempted.
Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, 2009-04-02
Benjamin Niolet - Staff Writer

The House voted Wednesday to outlaw smoking in most workplaces and restaurants in North Carolina, a move the ban's champion called a historic moment for a state built on tobacco.

The bill, which still requires one more vote before it can clear the House, was less stringent than the original proposal, which sought a sweeping ban of nearly all public smoking. The current version would exempt most bars, and it is not clear what effect that exemption would have on the bill's chances.

The state's restaurant industry may decide to withdraw its support for the ban for fear that it would give bars a competitive advantage over restaurants. The Senate, which will take up the issue next, could roll back the exemption or change the bill in other ways.

Editorial: Time to clear the air
Greensboro News Record - April 1, 2009

Along the mythical route known as Tobacco Road, what is happening today -- and may happen beyond -- would have been unthinkable only a few years ago.

Effective today, the federal tobacco excise tax will rise 62 cents per pack to fund children's health care.

At the same time, state lawmakers are seriously considering a smoking ban in all public buildings, bars and restaurants. They could vote on such legislation as soon as today.

Meanwhile, Gov. Bev Perdue wants to increase the cigarette tax in North Carolina by $1 per pack to help fill revenue gaps.

Given tobacco's deep roots and strong traditions in this state, any one of these developments would have been considered heresy not that long ago. But that was then.

Tobacco-rich NC nears vote on public smoking ban
AP, 2009-03-31
Emery P. Dalesio Associated Press

The ebbing influence of tobacco ­ the golden leaf that once dominated both North Carolina's economy and politics ­ is headed for a new test in the state that remains the country's largest tobacco grower.

Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on outlawing smoking in restaurants, bars and almost all workplaces. The measure would dictate whether drinkers can pound a butt with their Bud and if restaurant servers must breathe secondhand smoke. . . . the state's restaurateurs are neutral on the issue, which this time includes private clubs, and health advocates have marshaled money and grassroots networks to overload House members' offices with e-mails and telephone calls.

"We believe the vote count is pretty close, but we do believe we have made significant headway this year and we think the vote (House) will go in our favor," said American Heart Association lobbyist Betsy Vetter.

"We think the Senate likewise will vote in our favor."

If North Carolina's smoking ban is approved this year, the state would become the 35th ­ and perhaps one of the most unlikely ­ to join a national trend of segregating the one in five Americans who smoke.

No More Smoking In Restaurants?
WFMY NEWS 2 (NC), 2009-03-28

The legislation to ban smoking in bars, workplaces and other public locations will head to the House of Representatives for a vote on April 1, 2009.

Bar owners and restaurant owners are in stand-by mode to shut down the smoking section.

"Well, if everybody has to go non-smoking, we're all going to have to comply with it. So, it'll just be a way of life we'll have to learn to live with." said Boyd Dunn, owner of Speedy's Barbecue in Lexington.
Some restaurant owners, like Chip Stamey of Stamey's Barbecue, already shut down the smoking section. ...

Smoking ban clears key committee
Greensboro (NC) News & Record, 2009-03-25
Mark Binker Staff Writer

A proposal to ban smoking in most public places is headed to the state House floor where a kindred measure died two years ago.
The ban would cover virtually all public workplaces, including bars and restaurants.

"It's close," Rep. Hugh Holliman said of the count measuring support among the chamber's 120 members. "We've got some people working on it."
Holliman, the bill's chief sponsor, said the floor vote would likely come early next week. In 2007, a similar bill failed on a 55-61 vote, which is an uncommonly close margin for all but the most controversial of legislation.

Smoking ban bill moves toward vote in NC House
Winston-Salem Journal - March 24, 2009

Raleigh - A bill that would ban smoking in indoor workplaces moved forward today and is now headed for a vote in the N.C. House of Representatives.

A similar bill was narrowly defeated on the House floor two years ago.
But the bill's sponsor, Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, says he believes he has a few more votes this year that will enable the bill to pass.

The bill was approved today by a House judiciary committee, which sent it to the House floor. Holliman, the House majority leader, will now focus on drumming up the 61 votes needed in the 120-member chamber.

Burr key tobacco funds recipient
The N.C. senator, who backs a regulatory bill favored by the industry, is Congress' No. 2 recipient of tobacco money.
Charlotte (NC) Observer, 2009-03-22

When Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., stepped forward last week to give his home-state tobacco industry a softer landing if it becomes regulated, he was helping a business that's given him a boost as well.

Tobacco groups and employees have given $355,000 in campaign contributions to Burr since he first got elected to Congress in 1995, election records shows.

That's second only to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, from tobacco-growing Kentucky, who has accepted $390,000 from the industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Burr's top overall contributor, with $194,000 in donations, is R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and its parent company, which is based in the senator's hometown, Winston-Salem. The nation's No. 2 tobacco company makes Camel, Pall Mall and Kool cigarettes, among others. About 65,000 people are employed in the tobacco industry in North Carolina.

"Senator Burr has represented the state for a long time, either in the Senate or the House, and I think through that long representation he has done an excellent job of being receptive to business issues of all types," said Maura Payne, a spokeswoman for Reynolds American. "Given that receptivity, we have supported his campaigns."

Burr spokesman Chris Walker says the campaign donations don't influence his policy agenda.

Gibsonville could ban smoking on town property
Burlington Times News - March 18, 2009

A Guilford County health initiative could end smoking in property owned by the town of Gibsonville by the end of the year.

To avoid having their hands forced, town aldermen could amend the town's smoking ordinance to end smoking in its buildings and vehicles as early as May. Right now, smoking is allowed in the bathroom and porch of town hall; the dispatch area, bathrooms and covered porch of the police department quarters; in the training area, kitchen, recreation and bay areas of the fire station, and the bathrooms and bay of the public works building.

Second-hand smoke carries high health-price tag, study says
AP, 2009-03-16
The Associated Press

Secondhand smoke carries a $288.8 million price tag annually in North Carolina, according to a study released yesterday by the N.C. Division of Health and Human Services. The study, titled North Carolina's Secondhand Smoke Healthcare Cost Burden, also found that at least 107,067 North Carolinians are treated for conditions caused by secondhand smoke each year. ...

Health board supports ban on indoor smoking
Salisbury Post - March 12, 2009

The Rowan County Board of Health wants smoking banned in all indoor work sites and public places.

Board members voted unanimously Tuesday night to go on record in support of N.C. House Bill 2, which would require work sites and public places in North Carolina to become smoke-free.

Chairperson Barbara Andrews said she believed there was an urgent need for the board to take a stand as a vote on the bill may be coming up soon.

Dr. Jim Cowan, Allied Health Services director and Healthy! Rowan coordinator for the health department, said House Bill 2 will go from the Health Committee to the Appropriations Committee before coming up for a vote on the House floor. "If it passes the House, it will go to the Senate," he said. ...

Summerfield bans smoking in town buildings, vehicles
Greensboro News Record - March 11, 2009

The Summerfield Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban smoking in town buildings, effective April 1.

Smoking will also be prohibited in public transportation vehicles owned by the town or in any building owned or leased by the town.

Smokers will be permitted to smoke outside of those buildings provided that they do not stand adjacent to a public entrance or an air intake vent.

EDITORIAL: Health-board control
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2009-03-11
JOURNAL EDITORIAL STAFF

Some Forsyth County commissioners are pushing for a change in state law that would allow them to assume the powers of the board of health. Legislators should deny the commissioners' request. The health board and Dr. Tim Monroe, the county health director, can serve the county best by continuing to advocate independently for the good health of all citizens. . . .

Whisenhunt also faulted the health board and Monroe for "beating up" on R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Last month, the health board, citing the well-documented dangers of second-hand smoke, passed a resolution in favor of increasing cigarette taxes and banning smoking in workplaces and other indoor spaces open to the public.

Whisenhunt, backed by Commissioners Debra Conrad, Richard Linville and Ted Kaplan, is pushing for the legislative change. It would allow the commissioners to assume the powers of the board of health, as well as boards governing social services and mental health. Kaplan said that Monroe is good at his job and he'd fight any attempt to remove him, but the oversight is needed. . . .

Legislators should reject the commissioners' proposal.

Board wants more powers
Some commissioners are upset with health director
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2009-03-08
Wesley Young * Journal Reporter

If some county commissioners get their way, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners rather than the county Board of Health could one day make decisions on where to allow smoking or how to regulate lead in housing.

A majority of the commissioners are asking the N.C. General Assembly for a change in existing legislation that would give commissioners the right to assume the powers of the board of health.

That would put Dr. Tim Monroe, who directs the health department, under the county's supervision.

Currently, the health director is under the authority of the board of health -- an 11-member panel that is appointed by commissioners but can independently set health policies in the county. . . .

Whisenhunt also faults the health board and Monroe for "beating up" on R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. The health board recently passed a resolution in favor of raising cigarette taxes and banning smoking in workplaces and all indoor public places.

Oak Ridge bans tobacco use in town buildings, vehicles
Greensboro News Record - March 6, 2009

Town Council voted Thursday evening to ban the use of tobacco in town owned buildings and vehicles, immediately.

The ordinance also bans tobacco use within 50 feet of town owned buildings.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is requesting that all towns create no-smoking policies.

Smoking ban clears first hurdle
House committee supports measure
Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, 2009-03-04
Jordan Schrader

A proposed state ban on smoking in public places passed its first test Tuesday in a legislative committee.

In one potential sign of changing fortunes, the proposal now has the unanimous backing of the N.C. House's Buncombe County delegation, which voted 2-1 against a ban two years ago.

The House Health Committee approved the measure on a voice vote Tuesday with support from Rep. Bruce Goforth. Goforth switched his vote from 2007 when he was one of a minority of Democrats whose opposition kept a ban from passage on the House floor.

Goforth said he saw the issue then as one of property rights but since has been approached by local restaurant and hotel owners who want to go smoke-free but would prefer to tell customers it's a state mandate.
"The cost of repairs, the cost of repainting, the cost of ventilation for these smoking areas is just tremendous," he said. . . .

Bill could ban smoking in North Carolina
ASU The Appalachian Online - March 3, 2009

Smoking in bars, restaurants and public places could soon be illegal in North Carolina.

The North Carolina House Health Committee is currently discussing a statewide bill that will confine smoking to private homes, tobacco shops, cigarette manufacturing plants and no more than 20 percent of a hotel’s rooms.

The first hearing on the measure was held Feb. 26, and the committee is expected to resume deliberations this week.

According to the bill, the N.C. General Assembly aims to protect citizens from secondhand smoke.

Poll: NC residents back limits on smoking, cell phones
WRAL.com - March 2, 2009

Elon, N.C. — A majority of North Carolina residents believe using a cell phone while driving should be illegal and that state or local laws should restrict smoking in restaurants, offices and other public places, according to a poll released Monday.

Lawmakers hear of secondhand smoke's dangers
AP, 2009-02-27
Emery P. Dalesio - The Associated Press

State legislators are debating new restrictions on smoking that would further marginalize tobacco in a state that remains the country's largest grower.

In their first hearing on the measure Thursday, lawmakers were told secondhand smoke is not a trivial issue, but a serious public health problem. "It's a health hazard. It's not a nuisance. It's not something that smells bad," said state Health Director Leah Devlin, who is leaving her post this week after eight years.

The bill, pushed by health advocates, would outlaw smoking in the workplace, including restaurants, and other public places. . . .

Rep. Jeff Barnhart, a Republican from Concord, said his nonsmoking father-in-law spent two decades working in an office with five smoking co-workers. When surgeons removed one of his lungs, it was so black, the doctors were convinced the older man was a heavy smoker, Barnhart said. Businesses may protest the legislature dictating how they operate, he said, but public health should trump all. . . .

Paul Stone, president of the N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association, told The News & Observer this month that the group will not oppose a restaurant smoking ban.

The health committee is expected to resume its deliberations next week.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Position on Proposed North Carolina Smoking Ban
PRNewsAsia, 2009-02-26
SOURCE R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation's second-largest tobacco-products manufacturer, supports smoking restrictions in most public places, but urges the N.C. legislature to exempt adult-only venues like bars and nightclubs from a statewide smoking ban.

"Every business -- including bars, nightclubs and restaurants -- already has the right to ban smoking in their facility today, and many have done so," said Maura Payne, vice president of communications for the Winston-Salem-based tobacco products manufacturer. "However, we believe that age-restricted environments like bars, taverns and nightclubs should have the opportunity to determine what smoking policy works best for their clientele."

"Bars are generally small businesses, and many are feeling the effects of the struggling economy," Payne said. "Adult-only venues, where attendance is obviously voluntary, should have the flexibility to develop smoking policies that best meet the preferences of their customers ...

NC House to debate smoking ban again
WRAL.com - February 26, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. — Lawmakers and lobbyists get another chance to discuss a broad smoking ban in North Carolina.

The House Health Committee scheduled a debate Thursday on a measure that would prohibit smoking in restaurants and bars, public places and indoor work sites. A similar but watered-down bill failed in the House in both 2005 and 2007.

Gibsonville police don't want smokers ban
Greensboro (NC) News & Record, 2009-02-25
Jamie Kennedy Jones Staff Writer

The Board of Aldermen discussed creating a written policy banning smoking in town-owned buildings and vehicles.The Guilford County Department of Public Health is requesting that all towns create no-smoking policies.

However, at the Feb. 16 meeting Police Chief Mike Woznick told the board he opposed the policy because it would affect interactions between police and crime suspects at the police department.
Woznick said he dislikes smoke, but cigarettes can relax people from whom police are trying to get information.

"Oftentimes, that's all it takes to get someone to cooperate with you," he said.

Up in Smoke: Unassuming Davidson County legislator could effect landmark tobacco restrictions
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2009-02-22

Rep. Hugh Holliman of Davidson County wouldn't fit anybody's definition of a radical.

He's a balding, soft-spoken man of 64, a moderate, pro-business Democrat from a county with a rich tobacco history. He's also the state House majority leader, and a survivor of lung cancer that he believes may have been caused by second-hand smoke. This legislative session, he might just make North Carolina history in a radical way. His bill aimed at protecting nonsmokers from second-hand smoke would ban tobacco in virtually all workplaces and buildings open to the public in North Carolina. It would bring the tightest smoking restrictions ever to this state that tobacco helped build.

House Speaker Joe Hackney supports the bill. Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight is open to it. Gov. Bev Perdue says she'll sign a "comprehensive, equitable smoking-ban bill" if it reaches her desk. Nearly two-thirds of North Carolina voters support the proposed ban, according to a poll released last week by Public Policy Polling in Raleigh. And so do 70 percent of the 305 respondents to the non-scientific SpeakOut survey on this page. . .

EDITORIAL: Air on the menu
A legislative ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and workplaces would be a healthy move
Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, 2009-02-21

With all the eyes at the General Assembly focused on the budget, it would be easy for legislators to overlook a historic step forward that they, and North Carolina, can take this session.

They can, and should, approve a long-sought ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and workplaces. . . .

Nor is this ban anti-smoker, in the sense that we usually think of discrimination. No smoker will be turned away - only his or her lighted cigarette. . . .

The N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association, with 3,000 restaurant and hotel members, does not oppose, and may even support, a comprehensive ban this year. As other states - whole nations, even - have enacted similar bans, fears of dire consequences for restaurants and bars have eased.

Turns out, lots of folks actually prefer healthy air. Imagine that.

Survey says: Ban smoking in bars, restaurants, workplaces
FayObserver.com, NC - February 17, 2009

The folks at Public Policy Polling say that there is broad support for Rep. Rick Glazier’s legislation to ban smoking in bars, restaurants, other public places and workplaces.

That’s darn interesting, especially when you consider North Carolina’s heritage as the No. 1 producer of tobacco in the United States.

PPP found that overall, 64 percent of people in North Carolina favor the ban, and 31 percent oppose it.

EDITORIAL: The time has come
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2009-02-15
JOURNAL EDITORIAL STAFF

For generations, the Winston-Salem Journal has been tied to tobacco, just as have so many other organizations and people in the city that the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. helped build. The tobacco industry has put food on our tables . . .

But starting today, with the full gravity of overwhelming medical evidence against second-hand smoke weighing on our judgment, we must break with the past and support further restrictions against smokers, in the interest of public health. . . .

Meanwhile, the tobacco industry continues to struggle against mounting evidence about the ill effects of smoking, as well as its human and financial costs.

In regard to the dangers of secondhand smoke, "the debate is over," Holliman said recently.

We agree. The legislature should pass Holliman's bill.

SNOW: Easy, Marlboro Man
Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, 2009-02-08
A.C. Snow - Staff Writer

What will lawmakers do?

So, again, it's time to stand up and be counted. The state General Assembly is considering raising state cigarette taxes -- now only 35 cents, sixth-lowest in the nation, compared with $2 per pack or more in 10 states -- and banning smoking in bars and restaurants.

Smokers would not be forced to quit smoking. They would only be required to go for two hours or so without lighting up in public restaurants. Or, if that is physically or mentally unbearable, to just step outside for a five-minute fix.

Legislators last year banned smoking in their own workplace, including the dining hall. Surely they can accord the same health protection to their constituents.

For decades, the late Agriculture Commissioner Jim Graham, tobacco's lifelong friend, proudly displayed a sign on his desk that said "Thank you for smoking." He also bragged about North Carolina being "First in Turkeys," referring to the state's production of the birds.

Whether this legislature displays any backbone in again confronting King Tobacco is yet to be seen. Let's hope the honorables won't leave Raleigh in midsummer being remembered by health-conscious Tar Heels as a bunch of turkeys themselves.

York approves countywide smoking ban
CharlotteObserver.com, NC - February 3, 2009

York County council members approved a law Monday night that bans smoking in public places across the county.

The ban will not affect businesses in three towns -- Clover, Fort Mill and York.

But it will prohibit smoking in businesses, restaurants and other indoor public places in all other parts of the county. Rock Hill already approved a smoking ban last month.

Under the ban, people who light up can face fines of up to $50. Businesses that allow people to smoke in violation of the ban also can be fined.

Colleges expand anti-smoking rules
Advocates see a 'tipping point' in campaign; some smokers feel ostracized
Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, 2009-02-03
Anne Blythe - Staff Writer

In a state that once touted the golden leaf's economic benefits as greater than its health risks, UNC-CH is one of 26 college and community college campuses to adopt policies either banning or severely limiting tobacco use.
The haze around the flagpole -- one of the few places outside the 100-foot smoke-free perimeter around all campus buildings -- is a sign of the progress that tobacco-free advocates are making. . . .

But even those abiding by the rules say the movement to go smoke-free has been slow to catch fire in this state.

No citations were issued at UNC-Chapel Hill during the first year of the smoking ban, although complaints about rule-breakers prompted 13 written warnings by UNC-CH police.

The Orange County district attorney is not thrilled that those complaints might one day end up in local courtrooms. . . .

Other colleges are putting in new restrictions.

Possible expansion of smoking ban stirs debate
General Assembly considers action
Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, 2009-02-01

Such divergent opinions are one reason a tough battle is expected in the N.C. General Assembly over a proposal to expand state smoking bans to restaurants, bars, public places and indoor work sites.

House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, is pushing the ban. Holliman, a lung cancer survivor who has tried unsuccessfully to significantly broaden prohibitions in the two previous sessions, said workers and patrons deserve to sit in a smoke-free environment.

"I know that we'll hear many times that this is a business owners' issue, but I think the health concerns of secondhand smoke certainly trump the concerns of business owners," he said at a new conference Thursday in Raleigh. "Anytime the health and safety of our employees or our citizens are at stake, it's a responsible government position to take."

Tobacco gradually losing its political sway
As health concerns cause public opinion to change, even tobacco states such as N.C. take harder stance
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2009-02-02
James Romoser * Journal Reporter

"Our consumers certainly face an increasingly finite number of situations, whether they be social situations or work situations, where they feel comfortable smoking," said Maura Payne, a spokeswoman for Reynolds American Inc.

Changing social views of smoking are accompanied by dwindling political support for tobacco companies. For years, Reynolds and the other major tobacco players enjoyed a sort of home-field advantage in North Carolina politics. But 2009 is shaping up to be a tough year for tobacco in the nation's largest tobacco-producing state. . . .

North Carolina's policymakers are increasingly arguing that the health hazards of smoking outweigh the state's important tobacco heritage.
"I know that this state has a rich history of growing tobacco, and we love our farmers and we respect them," said state Rep. Jennifer Weiss, D-Wake. But, she added, "this is about the health and safety of workers in our state."

Weiss was referring to the proposed smoking ban in indoor workplaces. The bill's chief author is Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, a survivor of lung cancer.

No more puffs? Legislature tries again
Greensboro News Record, NC - January 30, 2009

A proposal to ban smoking in restaurants, offices and virtually any other workplace promises to be the focus of a bruising battle between health advocates, tobacco companies and allies with either side.

Similar bills have been introduced in each of the past two legislative sessions and one fell short of passing the House by only a few votes in 2007. This year, backers say, the legislative ground may have shifted enough to push the measure to passage.

Smoking ban proponents gear up
News & Observer, NC - January 30, 2009

Less than 24 hours after the state legislature opened its session, public health advocates vowed Thursday to pass a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, an effort that failed by a slender margin two years ago.

Rep. Hugh Holliman, a top House Democratic leader and a lung-cancer survivor, is pushing the ban. He pointed out that the state already prohibits tobacco in government buildings and state cars. He said the health-care costs of smoking have grown and, perhaps most important, this time he thinks he'll have enough votes for the ban.

"There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke," said Holliman, of Lexington, the House majority leader.

No smoking: House bill would bar lighting up in workplaces, bars ...
FayObserver.com, NC - January 30, 2009

When House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman filed the first bill in the N.C. General Assembly session that opened Wednesday, he likely sent shock waves through the state’s tobacco industry.

Holliman did something that, until recently, has been unthinkable in the home of Big Tobacco — he has proposed banning smoking in public buildings. Holliman wants to ban smoking at work, and in bars and restaurants, among other places.

Rep. Rick Glazier of Fayetteville joined the Democratic leader as a primary sponsor of the legislation, and Rep. Margaret Dickson of Fayetteville has signed on as a co-sponsor.

Holliman’s motivation is clear. He has survived two bouts of lung cancer, even though he has never smoked, and his sister died of lung cancer. “There is overwhelming scientific evidence that proves secondhand smoke causes heart disease, lung cancer, respiratory illnesses and kills tens of thousands of Americans every year,” Holliman said. “It is time for North Carolina to join the growing momentum across the nation to protect the rights of all our citizens to breathe clean, smoke-free air.”

Lawmaker pursues smoking ban
Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, 2009-01-29
Benjamin Niolet - Staff Writer

House Majority leader Hugh Holliman held a news conference this morning to push a bill that would ban smoking in workplaces, bars, restaurants and other public places.

Rep. Jeff Barnhart, a Cabarrus County Republican, said he is supporting Holliman's bill because his father died of lung cancer. When the diagnosis came, doctors asked how long he had smoked. Barnhart said his father had never smoked, but had worked for years with people who did.

"I don't wish that on anybody," Barnhart said.

Holliman said that businesses that have gone smoke-free have actually enjoyed an increase in patronage. . . .

Holliman, a two-time survivor of lung cancer, introduced the measure Wednesday after the legislature convened for its new session. He has said that the ban would help protect non-smokers and workers, as well as children, the elderly, and those living with lung disease or cancer, diabetes or heart disease from exposure to secondhand smoke.
Lawmakers acknowledged the bill faces a tough fight in the House.

NC County Commissions want state to overturn law prohibiting ...
WFAE.org, NC - January 28, 2009

Representative Hugh Holliman of Davidson has tried repeatedly to get a state law passed that would either ban smoking in public places or overturn a decades-old law that keeps cities and counties from passing their own anti-smoking ordinances. His last two attempts failed by just six votes.

But the effort got a boost last week when the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners voted to support a change in state law that will let local governments implement stronger smoking regulations.

Mecklenburg County Commission Chairwoman Jennifer Roberts estimates the voice vote was split 80-20 in support.

RDU saying no to lighting up - even in the bar
Triangle Business Journal - by Dale Gibson

For years, harried travelers who smoke have found refuge in four bars at Raleigh-Durham International Airport - the only places where lighting up is allowed.
On Jan. 1, they'll lose those havens, as the airport goes to a total ban on smoking inside the terminals.

Smokers still will be able to go to designated areas outside the buildings to have a puff, but waiting passengers can pretty much forget that - given the hassle of enduring security once again.

Failure of NC restaurant smoking ban masks other victories
AP, 2007-08-12

It was another painful defeat for anti-smoking forces in North Carolina when lawmakers shot down a proposed statewide smoking ban for hotels and restaurants. But that high-profile measure was only one failure in an otherwise successful year for groups trying to reduce smoking and secondhand smoke.

The Legislature this year passed laws to ban smoking inside adult care and nursing homes, and in all state government buildings. University of North Carolina leaders can now prohibit smoking in more campus buildings and 100-feet buffer zones around them. Public schools also were told to adopt stricter no-smoking policies that also apply to off-campus events.

Governor Mike Easley says lawmakers have moved faster against smoking than he would have thought possible in the nation's top tobacco-growing state.

SmokeFreeWake.org launches health initiative for Wake County
Carolina Newswire (press release), NC, March 20, 2007

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A team of Wake County business people and individuals have started a group called Smoke-Free Wake. And they’ve launched a new website dedicated to the cause, www.SmokeFreeWake.org. The group is a local grassroots coalition of business and health care professionals, advocacy groups and individuals committed to bringing smoke-free restaurants, bars and workplaces to Wake County.

“This is a health initiative and not an anti-smoking campaign, Second-hand smoke is an undeniable health risk and this is the 21st century; it’s time to do the right thing. Smoke-free workplace legislation has been in the news and we wanted to give people an opportunity to weigh-in and show their support. The petition on our website is designed to do just that,” explains Gary Davis of American Home Mortgage.

Poll: 65 percent of N.C. residents support smoking ban
The Herald-Sun, October 3, 2006

Almost 65 percent of North Carolina residents would support a statewide ban on smoking in public places, and more than half prefer restaurants that don't allow smoking, according to a survey released Tuesday by Elon University.

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