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
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
policy workshop slated
choosing whether to allow e-cigarettes
create smoking zones on county campuses
cigarette sales on campus
tobacco decision may benefit it in long run
CVS kicks the habit
Grove looking to prohibit smoking in town buildings, parks
on the water
letters: Still smoking
& Roses: Political finesse, smoking ban, cheering for Duke
orders maker of e-cigs to stop harassing law firm
ban heats up restaurant business
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 ...
ban helps profits, air quality and health
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 ...
says smoking ban has not financially affected businesses
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
Smoke-free county zones are a must
...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 ...
continue to light up debate
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 ...
ban gets people fired up
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 ...
smoking ban hits one year milestone
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 ...
approve incentives package for industries
Smoking ban has been good for North Carolinians
to say we told you so, but
smoking ban in bars, restaurants hasn't snuffed out business
banned in New Hanover County buildings; vehicles
45th in nation in funding for tobacco prevention programs
housing units go smoke free Jan. 1
could restrict use of e-cigs on county property
apartments to go smoke-free
on electronic cigarettes considered
Sets Course to be Market Leader in E-Cig Category
apartment complexes to enforce smoking ban on tenants
use slowing infiltrates campus
issues smoking restrictions at courthouses
store sells e-cigarettes for quitters
housing policies result in fewer fires
Answer Questions From Surfrider Foundation
officials to continue smoking ban talks
Ban Could Be Expanded
outdoor smoking bans can be trouble
smoking restrictions considered
County Makes County Properties Healthier
SAM: E-cigarettes are not covered by non-smoking laws
becoming less welcome in apartments
County's outdoor smoking ban part of national trend ...
Smoking ban has no negative impact on restaurant revenue
smoking ban reveals bill about enforcement at public ...
Law Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Minors
ban the smoking of conventional cigarettes on the beach
County extends smoking ban at offices, libraries
to aid smoke-free push
details park smoking ban
hearing tonight for Burlington's proposed park smoking ...
bans coming to an apartment building near you
Hanover board to enlighten public on e-cigarettes
board urges stricter regulations on sale, use of e-cigarettes
eCigs Voices Its Support For New North Carolina Law ...
Hill council snuffs smoking in town vehicles
board curious about e-cig sales
gather in Spencer to hear update on laws, state budget
Smoking bans: Legislature should respect local decisions
on sale of e-cigs to minors advances
bill banning e-cig sales to minors advances
smoking bans: Wrightsville Beach to enforce, Carolina Beach ...
advocates oppose NC Senate smoking bill
work for tobacco-free parks ($$)
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 ...
may soon get to light up in beaches and parks again
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 Carolinas 58 community colleges that prohibit smoking on all outdoor public grounds, according to the state Division of Public Health.
Senate passes law redefining class for electronic cigarettes
John Wiesehan sells electronic cigarettes, also called "e-cigarettes," to thousands of stores across the country and the Ballantyne business owner said the ...
Breathing easier about smoking bans
to block beach smoking ban stalls
would ban outdoor smoking bans
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 ...
bill could change smoking bans on area beaches
progress undone by SB 703
employers add e-cigarettes to no-tobacco policies
City park smoking ban not a simple decision
to rely on beach ownership, education to enforce smoking ban
parks tobacco ban?
Beach works on plan to enforce smoking ban on beach
commissioners consider smoking ban at parks
That has raised concerns with Havelock commissioners, who wonder if stronger regulations are needed than the current no-smoking policy currently on the ...
Lake aldermen approve ordinance restricting smoking on ...
ban on Spring Lake town property to go to a vote
ban on Spring Lake town property to go to a vote
would close loophole allowing e-cigarette sales to minors
worry kids could buy electronic cigarettes
Health Director Defends Smoking Ban
Smoking Ban Has Some Town Leaders Fired Up
Stop smoking by hospital
bill raises opposing views on beach smoking bans
sidewalk smokers beware
Terrace plans to go smoke free
apartment community goes smoke-free
health director urging formal smoke-free regs
eyes Murphy for casino
smoking bans need state support
Motor Speedway implements smoke-free policy for 2013
tougher on tobacco shops
proposed to allow smoking bans on New Hanover beaches
measuring support for beach smoking ban
promotes tobacco-free policies
Takes Up Gambling
eyes smoking ban in park areas where children play
all North Carolina community colleges become smoke free?
smoking be banned at N.C. community colleges?
no smoking on community college campuses in N.C.? ($$)
considers smoking ban in city parks
looks into ban on smoking in city parks
to council resolution affirming county smoking ban
From The Bottom Of Our Lungs' Three Year Anniversary of ...
Lake officials consider smoking restrictions
Lake Board of Aldermen to hear smoke-free initiative, see ...
aldermen talk restaurant plan, smoking ban, school safety
ban tops BOA's agenda
teens support tough smoking bans
seeking smoking ban fines
County government goes smoke free
birthday for smoke-free N.C. bars, restaurants
Smoking Ban Takes Effect
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,
to close holes in smoking ban
of smoking ban and online streaming up for BOA
smokers turning to e-cigarettes for fix in smoke-free places
Carolina last in protecting kids from tobacco
owners feel targeted by smoking ban
owners protest state smoking 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. ...
groups, health advocates talking up smoking ban
smoking ban approved last week
alters smoking law
County bans smoking in public places
banned from Wrightsville Beach
closer to amending smoking law
- Passion fuels opposition to stadium, support for beach ...
the smoke clears
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 ...
bans use of tobacco products
- The burning question is whether to ban smoking
set to decide smoking ban in Wrightsville Beach
health board OKs new smoking ban
County Board of Health backs strict smoking ban
Co. to consider expanding smoking ban
want their voices heard in smoke ban vote
Around Town: Glenwood Wins Playground; Smoke-Free OC?
more smokes for Wilmingtons city workers?
may get parked
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.
ban has potential to affect smoke shops' business
are better ways to curb smoking
sought on smoking rule
ban garners positive feedback in survey
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.
County mulls butt ban
Every respondent supported banning smoking in government vehicles, with nearly all also supporting a ban in elevators, galleries, libraries and museums, child
Board Of Health Contemplates Broad Smoking Ban
County could expand smoking ban
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 ...
the smoking ban infringes on rights
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 ...
smoke would be prevented by ban
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 ...
County to consider broader smoking ban
lead to change in Garland's new smoke-free mandate
Beach is on the right track
Outdoor smoking bans snuff our right to light
Carolina Beach, sand and surf, but no smoke
ideas on smoking ban at state level
Beach moves to make beach smoke-free
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.
Beach council to talk smoking ban and flag regulations
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 ...
Ban Not Likely In Carolina Beach; Poll Shows Support
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.
results released on Carolina Beach smoking ban
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Through a survey sent out via email last
month, town leaders asked 122 Chamber of Commerce members about their
group trying to keep smoking ban ordinance alive
smoking ban the right move
public smoking ban in Durham begins Wednesday
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.
Beach leaders have different opinions of proposed ...
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 ...
mixed on Raleigh's proposed bus-stop smoking ban
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.
Bans Tobacco, Guns at Parks
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 ...
City Council Bans Smoking Within 25 Feet Of Bus Stops
parks are now 'smoke-free'
The resolution was one of the last items the board voted on during
their three-hour meeting, but they didnt 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.
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."
rule bans smoking at Durham parks, bus stops
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.
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 .... 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 ...
outlaws smoking in parks; Mecklenburg considers similar ban
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. ...
leaders back smoking ban at major bus stops
The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday backed a policy that bans smoking
at major ... Given the choice between banning smoking and banning illegal
ON 3: Reactions mixed as Carolina Beach considers smoking ...
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 coastal community in New Hanover County is considering a smoking
ban on ... what residents have to say about banning cigarette butts
from the beach.
City Council postpone proposed smoking ban
BURLINGTON, N.C. -- City leaders have postponed public discussion on the proposed changes to a smoking ban on Tuesday.According to a Burlington ...
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.
Jack's challenges smoking ban
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 ...
North Carolina town is moving forward with what would be the ...
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
Beach aldermen to meet on smoking ban petition
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- After a lot of controversy, the Wrightsville
Beach Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss
... 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 ...
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
anti-tobacco programs will cost money, lives
The North Carolina legislature is poised to dramatically reduce and
probably eventually eliminate the states 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.
Beach considers smoking ban
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 ...
smoking on Wrightsville sand?
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
smoking ban fires up again in Wrightsville Beach
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, ...
ban petition verification complete
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 ...
woman sends anti-smoking message
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 ...
court could hear smoking case ($$)
mans anti-smoking message outlives him, but it's in peril
leaders may reconsider smoking ban for 3rd time
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 ...
County Commissioners Approve Smoking Ban For Its Offices ...
Pitt County commissioners voted Monday morning to ban smoking in all
county owned buildings and vehicles. County manager Scott Elliot says
the smoking ban ...
policies debated by board
Ridge Terrace going smoke-free on June 1
prepares for outdoor smoking ban
The push is on to get out the word about Durhams 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.
bans smoking on parks and rec grounds
ban petitions to be turned over to election board
by Marimar McNaughton For the first time in public, Wrightsville Beach aldermen acknowledged the impact of a grassroots effort to ban cigarette smoking on ...
Residents Push For Smoking Ban
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
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 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. ...
circling to ban smoking on Wrightsville Beach
Wrightsville Beach Alderman voted against a ban to keep smoking off
their beach, but the issue is still burning.
ban petition could reverse aldermen's decision
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
Office-Smoking Prompts New Policy
Concerns of second-hand smoke inhalation have Pitt County commissioners
voting to establish an indoor smoking policy.
County Commissioners Discuss Smoking Ban In County Offices
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.
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.
- Court ruling means restaurant, bar patrons can keep smoke off menu
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 ...
Flawed smoking ban affirmed
... 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, ...
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 ...
v. PITT COUNTY HEALTH DIRECTOR
... American Lung Association, American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Action Network, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, Tobacco Control Legal ...
Appeals Court upholds state smoking ban
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 ...
smoking ban withstands court challenge
By Winston-Salem Journal The NC Court of Appeals unanimously upheld
Wednesday a statewide ban on smoking inside bars and restaurants.
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. ...
appeals court upholds smoking ban in bars
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
throws out Zebulon BP case
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
NC Davidson County health officials have proposed a ban on smoking
and other uses of tobacco in county buildings and vehicles and on county
With unenforced littering and alcohol consumption ordinances already
on the books, opponents of the smoking ban questioned the validity of
putting yet one ...
BP fights Wake over smoking fine
By Paul A. Specht, email@example.com ZEBULON - Smoking ban enforcement
tactics used by Wake County Health and Human Services go under the microscope
Beach snuffs out beach smoking ban
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 ...
As part of the Kick Butts Day celebration, Girls Can! participants
are given presentations about how smoking as well as secondhand smoke
affects everyone, ...
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 ...
Beach Aldermen reject smoking ban
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 ...
collects more than 40000 butts off beach; says ban is necessary (VIDEO)
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 ...
Beach considers smoking ban
... 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, ...
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) Leaders in Wrightsville Beach
will hold a public hearing Thursday night about a potential smoking
ban on the beach.
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
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 ...
ban may expand to outdoors
The Black Mountain Health Initiative wants the Town of Black Mountain to expand its smoking ordinance to prohibit smoking outdoors on Town-owned property ...
- Just how enforceable would a smoking ban be on ...
...nonsmoker argument, is whether the ban can be enforced successfully. ... And local governments have considered banning smoking outside their buildings or in ..
Beach to discuss smoking ban
If passed, Wrightsville Beach will be the first beach town in
North Carolina to ban smoking on the beach strand.
Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, Eduard Ariza and Stephen P. Leatherman's
"No-Smoking Policies and Their Outcomes on US Beaches" The
of North Carolina Voters Support Funding Tobacco Prevention ...
By Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids RALEIGH, NC, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
-- A new statewide survey released today shows that North Carolina ...
to discuss banning all tobacco products in parks
COLUMN: States smoking ban has helped save lives
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 didnt know the dangers of secondhand smoke. Some
of us might have thought it was annoying, but we really didnt
know how deadly even short-term exposure to other peoples cigarette
smoke could be.
bans tobacco in parks
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 towns parks,
in an effort to reduce litter, reduce exposure to second-hand smoke
and promote a healthier town. ...
outlawed on county property? Officials to study effects of ...
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. ...
Beach to get public input on beach smoking ban
Ban battle moves to Court of Appeals
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 ...
to hear appeal over smoking ban fine for Greenville clubs
committee votes 3-2 for smoking ban
Snuffs Billiards' Butts
seeking judicial review of decision
by Peggy Albertson
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 ...
smoking bans unlikely before summer
A widening of the countys ban on smoking in public places likely
wouldnt go into effect until next July, assuming officials can
agree on how to word the necessary ordinance, County Manager Mike Ruffin
bans smoking, tobacco in parks
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. ...
ponders expanded smoking ban
The proposed revision is intended to improve the health of Durham County
residents by discouraging smoking and preventing exposure to second-hand
Officials Consider Expansion Of Smoking Policy
Officials Want To Tighten Smoking Ban
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
Although certainly other factors contributed to this decrease, the elimination of smoking in North Carolina's restaurants and bars is rightly given credit ...
attacks fall after restaurant smoking ban
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. ...
Heart Attack Rates Down Since Smoke-Free Law
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. ...
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.
smoking restrictions now in effect
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.
Expanded Indoor Smoking Ban Proposed in Guilford Co.
The Guilford County Health Department will review a proposal Monday
night that would strengthen the county's smoking ban. ...
restricts smoking in parks
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. ...
Appeals To Higher Court
Away at Tobacco Traditions in Tobacco Country:
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. ...
New ruling clears the air
of Appeals upholds smoking fines
Love that smoking ban; it'll keep this tourist coming back
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!
parks outlaw tobacco
passes new smoking ordinance
outdoor spaces on college campuses are widespread across North Carolina
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. ...
of North Carolina College and University Policies That Provide the Maximum
Protection Allowed by Law from Secondhand Smoke (PDF)
1. Bennett College ...
Park Commission Votes Down Tobacco Ban Unanimously
The Greensboro Recreation Commission voted unanimously against banning tobacco in all the city's public parks, greenways and trails. ...
Aldermen Approve 2011-12 Budget, Smoking Policy
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. ...
reject proposed Dare smoking ban
county smoking ban leaves some fuming
smoking in public?
Smoking Ordinance Returned for Revision
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.
Pendleton proposal draws crowd to meeting
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 ...
legislator wants some tobacco products off displays
One North Carolina legislator wants to prevent convenience stores from
displaying certain tobacco-related items. Rep.
ban could expand to city parks
Smokers could no longer light up legally in any part of the municipal
park system under a proposal city officials are considering. ...
Secondhand smoke increases medical costs in NC
Costs of Secondhand-Smoke Exposure in North Carolina (PDF)
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. ...
of North Carolina Voters Support State's Smoke-Free Law
Ban Being Considered ing Greenwood
considers smoking ban in city parks
studying potential expansion of smoking ban in downtown Wilmington
smoking ban tied to air quality, rates of quitting
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 theyll die, she said, recalling her parents last years battling with the common lung disease emphysema.
Having seen smokings 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 Carolinas 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. ...
City Billiards Smoking Ban Lawsuit Goes to Court of Appeals
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)
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 ...
City Leaders Discuss Smoking Ban, Food Trucks
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 ...
Looking To Ban Smoking In Parks
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. ...
Public Spaces to Become More Non-Smoker Friendly
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
still in force
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
see ban as rights issue
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. ...
Morrow: A threat to law, public health
council delays vote on smoking, acts on new fees
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
preview: Reorganizing at the top and banning smoking in parks
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 citys 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. ...
law seen as good for restaurant business in Asheville area, NC
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." ...
Smoking Ban Reaches First Year
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. ...
says smoke ban unconstitutional
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. ...
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...
smoking at Wrightsville Beach suggested again
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 ...
may outlaw smoking in parks
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. ...
considering dress code, smoke-free campus
commissioners ban smoking in county vehicles
Columbus County employees are no longer permitted to smoke inside county
County considers tobacco ban
Club Still Lighting Them Up
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. ...
lobbyist named to most effective list
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. ...
plan hearing on tobacco ban
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 ...
is now banned ...
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." ...
will eye ban on smoking at county buildings
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.
Rusts 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.
up inside Columbus County buildings
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." ...
Banned In County Buildings In Stokes County
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. ...
to rule on smoking ban's constitutionality
A Pitt County District Court judge will decide if the states 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. Mondays hearing was an appeal of that decision. ...
Co. votes on smoking ban
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. ...
County Considers Changing Smoking Ban
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 countys
ban went into effect, he says hes lost around 40% of his business,
and hes worried that he wont 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 its hot. So, they just dont
come, he said. ...
down, business up
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."
OK inside county offices, for now
Technically, county employees can smoke in their offices and still follow the rules.
Its not like Bolivia is awash in smoke-filled rooms, though. In a state where smoking bans are increasingly the norm, it doesnt 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.
votes to ban smoking in city parks
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 its 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. ...
smoking policy can legally be ignored
Smoking ban does not violate constitution
HIGH POINT Judge Jan Samet has ruled that the states 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. ...
City's Fight To Smoke Continues
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. ...
Authority To Consider Ban On Bus Stop Smoking
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.
in Buncombe County minimal on restaurant ban
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. ...
support state's smoking ban
After the first six months of the states 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 UNCs 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. ...
study: North Carolina leads nation in number of tobacco-free college
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.
up Wednesday: NC's smoking ban controversy
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. ...
Holds Over Smoking Ban During Council Meeting
Business Owner Fights Smoking Ban In Court
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. ...
bans smoking on city property July 1
shows smoking ban popular with voters
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
commissioners reject smoking ban
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. ...
Council holds hearing on budget, passes new rules for
area businesses comply with smoking law
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." ...
beach town won't ban smoking on the sand
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. ...
ban, trash pickup, curbside recycling comments
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. ...
considers smoke-free beach strand
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
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 candidates forum last October.
Taylor cited thousands of cigarette butts, used match packs and discarded lighters; pollution to the towns 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 beacha
marketable attribute ...
Will Consider Smoking Ban in Raleigh Parks
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....
Brunswick County smoking hearing planned
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. ...
tobacco restrictions on council agenda
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." ...
Council Approves Smoking Ban in City
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. ...
City Council preview: smoke and transit
Before Asheville City Council at tomorrow nights 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 ...
ban clears air in N.C. restaurants
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." ...
Owner Appeals Second Smoking Fine, Public Hearing Set
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," ...
fines approved in Brunswick County
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. ...
smoking ban appeal snuffed out
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. ...
Hookah bar holds fundraiser to fight smoking ban
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.
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. ...
Co. to Hear Appeal of Smoking Ban
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. ...
splits tobacco vote
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. ...
considers banning smoking at Legion Stadium complex
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. ...
Free?: Ban gives scofflaws lots of slack
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. ...
ban cuts the butts at Asheville area bars, restaurants
"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. ...
offered to cut campus tobacco usage
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.
holds off smoking ban in public housing
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. ...
bars 'surviving' since smoke has cleared
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. ...
of Boone Makes Stricter Regulations on Smoking Ordinance
The Boone Town Council unanimously voted to approve stricter amendments to the smoking ordinance on Tuesday nights 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. ...
may grumble, but they obey the ban
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. ...
Circumvents State Smoking Ban
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.
"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. . . .
customers come in as smokers take it outside: Month-old smoking ban
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. ...
ban has little effect on businesses
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. ...
commissioners balk at crackdown on smoking
Smokers wont 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 countys board of health and
presented as an information item by Jack Griffith, director of the health
Adam Bliss, the owner of Hookah Bliss, Chapel Hills 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 Countys 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. ...
running out for smokers, dippers at LCC
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. ...
Clubhouse is North Carolina's First LEED-Certified Multifamily Garden
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. ...
Housing Authority board considers ban on smoking
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. ...
owner circulating anti-smoking ban petition
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. ...
smoking ban upheld by complaint system
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."
Enforce the ban
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.
. . .
That's now against the law, and the law must be enforced. ...
Gets New Country Club
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 ...
Hill Hookah Bar Owner Asks County to Cite Him
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. ...
bar exploits unique loophole in new smoking ban
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. ...
bars mostly complying with smoking ban
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.
"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. ...
smoking law in effect
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. ...
smoke-free benefits businesses, locals find in study
Smoke-free restaurants are good for business as well as for peoples health.
Thats the premise of a paper written by three Alamance County residents, along with two professors at East Carolina University, that appears in this months 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. ...
Wilmington hookah bar defies smoking ban with "reality show"
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." ...
gift of cleaner, safer air
Carolina smoking ban takes effect
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. ...
Restaurants Become Smoke Free On Saturday
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. . . .
has new smoking ordinance
snuffs out smoking in bars and restaurants
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. ...
ban draws closer
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. ...
preparing to go smoke-free
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. ...
off the smoke
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. ...
Bliss Owner Will Defy Smoking Ban
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. ...
clubs exempt from smoking ban law, chose to go smoke free
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.
Jahnes says smoking hasn't been allowed inside for years. In fact,
he believes most country clubs around the state have rules against smoking.
face ban on Jan. 2
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 states 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 members 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.
Its very well-defined in the law what they mean by a private club. Its not hard to understand, she said. Just because your (establishment) is considered a private club under ABC laws, that does not mean its considered one under smoking laws. ...
Head Island considers adding to smoking ban
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. ...
officials weigh possibility of additional smoking restrictions
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.
Carolinians must find new places to light up in the new year
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. ...
investigates smoking rules at Charlotte airport
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. ...
explains new NC smoking law
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
battles wishful thinking on smoking ban
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. ...
ban on government facilities in Pender stalls
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
lighting up, even on sidewalk?
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.
board passes smoking ban ordinance in buildings, vehicles
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 towns 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.
Place in Whiteville goes smoke-free
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. ...
Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect Tuesday
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. ...
ban causes frustration with downtown businesses
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. ...
campus delights some at Craven CC
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 colleges 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 dont think weve had any problem at all,
said Kathy Beal, the colleges 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.
Board, PTIA Still At Odds On Smoking Ban
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. ...
welcomes students as a smoke free campus
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. ...
Exemption for Hookah Bars
A bill to exempt hookah bars from the North Carolina smoking ban was
withdrawn from the House at the request of hookah bar owners.
"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. ...
County eyes tougher smoking rules
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. ...
goes smoke free Saturday
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. ...
correction facility goes smoking free early
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 ...
THE HABIT: Smoke-free policy takes effect
LEXINGTON - Students who are smokers on the campus of Davidson County Community College treated Wednesday just like any other day ...
approves smoking ban
GREENSBORO - Smoke 'em if you got 'em through the end of next month
inside the terminal at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
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.
law may put flames out at Wilmington Hookah Bars
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.
for hookah bars OK'd by NC House panel
Establishments where patrons smoke tobacoo using a water pipe could
remain open in North Carolina in legislation heading to the full House.
to be smoke free in August
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." ...
Board To Consider Smoking Ban
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.
restrictions may extend
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. ...
May Make Town Parks Smoke-Free
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
N.C. hospitals shun tobacco usage to protect patients
FAYETTEVILLE Starting Monday, all hospitals in North Carolina are tobacco free. Its 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. ...
County leaders enact smoking restrictions
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. ...
No smoking zone?
GREENSBORO Our airport was once known informally as having one of the more smoker-friendly terminals in the country.
Its 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 nations 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 Countys bBoard of health takes up a policy that
would eliminate smoking areas in public buildings. ...
Indoor Air Quality Monitoring in 6 Counties to Change Policy in North
Resources Multifamily Development Group Opens Circle at ...
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 Charlottes historic South End neighborhood. It is the first 100-percent smoke-free community in Charlotte.
Circle at South End embodies Crescents 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
poll: Two-thirds favor smoking ban
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. ...
at the North Carolina General Assembly
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.
Shift in smoking policy was once unimaginable
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. ...
ban signed by Perdue
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. ...
Smoking ban a big step for state
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. ...
I'm breathing easier
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. ...
Ban Hazy on Bowling Alleys
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.
day': Ban on smoking goes to governor
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 . . .
from Gov. Perdue on Smoking Ban bill
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.
Clearing the air
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.
Vote Scheduled In NC Senate For Smoking Ban
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. ...
N.C. breaking from tobacco past
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. . . .
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.
OKs public smoking ban
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.
Many restaurants already prohibit smoking, but the Senate's ban would end the days of the smoke-filled bar. ...
smoking ban narrowed in Senate committee
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. ...
delay smoking-ban bill to firm up votes
Democrats in the N.C. Senate postponed a vote yesterday on a statewide
smoking ban because they were unsure if it would pass.
The bill would outlaw smoking in restaurants, bars and virtually all indoor workplaces in North Carolina.
committee approves stricter smoking ban
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. ...
Where's the Duke?
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.
ban hits a snag in the state Senate
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. ...
supporters try to restore bill's restrictions
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. ...
Senate committee delays smoking ban debate
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. ...
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Senate mulls public smoking ban
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. ...
ban bill exempts bars
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.
House poised to pass smoking ban
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.
Time to clear the air
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.
NC nears vote on public smoking ban
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.
More Smoking In Restaurants?
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
ban clears key committee
A proposal to ban smoking in most public places is headed to the state
House floor where a kindred measure died two years ago.
"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."
ban bill moves toward vote in NC House
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.
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.
key tobacco funds recipient
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.
could ban smoking on town property
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.
smoke carries high health-price tag, study says
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. ...
board supports ban on indoor smoking
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. ...
bans smoking in town buildings, vehicles
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
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.
wants more powers
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.
Ridge bans tobacco use in town buildings, vehicles
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.
ban clears first hurdle
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.
could ban smoking in North Carolina
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 hotels 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.
NC residents back limits on smoking, cell phones
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.
hear of secondhand smoke's dangers
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.
Reynolds Tobacco Company Position on Proposed North Carolina Smoking
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 ...
House to debate smoking ban again
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.
police don't want smokers ban
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.
"Oftentimes, that's all it takes to get someone to cooperate with you," he said.
in Smoke: Unassuming Davidson County legislator could effect landmark
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. . .
Air on the menu
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.
says: Ban smoking in bars, restaurants, workplaces
The folks at Public Policy Polling say that there is broad support for Rep. Rick Glaziers legislation to ban smoking in bars, restaurants, other public places and workplaces.
Thats darn interesting, especially when you consider North Carolinas 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.
The time has come
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.
Easy, Marlboro Man
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.
approves countywide smoking ban
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.
expand anti-smoking rules
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
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.
expansion of smoking ban stirs debate
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."
gradually losing its political sway
"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.
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.
more puffs? Legislature tries again
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.
ban proponents gear up
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.
smoking: House bill would bar lighting up in workplaces, bars ...
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 states 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.
Hollimans 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.
pursues smoking ban
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.
County Commissions want state to overturn law prohibiting ...
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.
saying no to lighting up - even in the bar
of NC restaurant smoking ban masks other victories
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.
launches health initiative for Wake County
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A team of Wake County business people and individuals have started a group called Smoke-Free Wake. And theyve 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; its 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.
65 percent of N.C. residents support smoking ban