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Cumberland County extends smoking ban at offices, libraries

Posted July 26, 2013

Cumberland County government offices will become smoke-free campuses beginning in January, officials said Friday.

A ban on smoking in all county buildings and vehicles, and within 25 feet of building entrances, has been in place since 1993. But the county Board of Commissioners revised the legislation in May to extend the ban to parking lots and anywhere on the grounds.

Officials said temporary signs will soon be posted at 15 sites to let employees and the public know about the change. The sites include:

  • Department of Public Health, 1235 Ramsey St.
  • Department of Social Services, 1225 Ramsey St.
  • E. Newton Smith Center/Board of Elections, 227 Fountainhead Lane
  • Historic Courthouse, 130 Gillespie St.
  • Hope Mills WIC office, 2622 Hope Mills Road
  • Spring Lake Family Resource Center, 103 Laketree Blvd., Spring Lake
  • County Facility at 109 Bradford Ave.
  • All eight branches of the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center

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  • 678devilish Jul 26, 2013

    WOW! They are way behind on this.

  • kikinc Jul 26, 2013

    bluecanary-The reason you can't smoke around hospitals anymore is all about the patients. People who are very sick can get ill just from the smell of smoke, or any other strong smell for that matter. That's why in chemo clinics, they usually ask that you don't bring food in, don't wear cologne/perfume, and avoid other strong smells. Sorry that you're so inconvenienced by sick people that you have to walk a bit.

    I have nothing against smokers. I used to be one. My husband still smokes. I have no problem with designated smoking areas set up outside. If more smokers were less arrogant and more considerate of their surroundings, life would be a lot easier. When I smoked, I always walked away from people b/c it was rude to smoke next to them if they were a non-smoker. I never threw my stub to the ground and stomped on it to put it out and leave it there. I never expected the majority to conform to me, the minority, and what I wanted because I wanted a cigarette.

  • bluecanary Jul 26, 2013

    I'm sorry, but that's just dumb. I get it, smoking is bad and I'm just a horrible person for doing it, so I have to be punished by having to walk a mile away from the hospital when I'm waiting on a family member to get out of surgery to smoke my naughty cigarette on the side of the public street, can't smoke at the beach, can't smoke outside the library....give me a break. Either make it illegal all together (and give up that fat cigarette tax revenue) or leave smokers alone.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Jul 26, 2013

    @whatelseisnew: do you even know what fascism is? Or are you just using an emotional word?

    Banning smoking within 25 feet has nothing to do with communism, socialism, totalitarianism, or fascism.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 26, 2013

    "Poor nicotine addicts. Just say no to drugs!"

    And perhaps the Government should give up its addiction to all the money it seizes from companies that produce products and smokers. Perhaps in the meantime they should apply all that money they are stealing to their chronic whining about health care costs which are nothing next to the dollars they grab.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 26, 2013

    "Good! Now I will not have to walk through a cloud of smoke to get to the Library."

    Yeah typical, and when the Government BANS something you do not want to lose then you will realize that fascism is never a good thing.

  • Brian Jenkins Jul 26, 2013

    Poor nicotine addicts. Just say no to drugs!

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 26, 2013

    When smoking is banned, does that also apply to the electronic cigarettes that don't burn or smoke?

  • wayneboyd Jul 26, 2013

    And I won't have to wade through it too when I go to the DSS and pick up my alcohol and pot rations.

  • winfieldchem Jul 26, 2013

    Good! Now I will not have to walk through a cloud of smoke to get to the Library.