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Wake Lawmaker Pushes for Smoking Ban in Public Buildings

Posted January 26, 2007
Updated January 27, 2007

— A new bill co-sponsored by a Wake County lawmaker would ban smoking at all state buildings.

State House Bill 24 highlights the health costs associated with secondhand smoke and the fact that most North Carolinians do not smoke.

Smoking is no longer allowed at the General Assembly and some state buildings.

The new bill, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Weiss, D-wake, and Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, would ban smoking inside all buildings, including public university buildings, including dormitories.

Violators would get a warning first, then face a fine up to $25.

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  • Matthew 19_21 Jan 27, 2007

    doesn't matter whether most of the government buildings were funded with tobacco money - 2nd hand smoke is OBNOXIOUS and dangerous. The rights of nonsmokers to breathe clean air trumps the "rights" of those who insist on forcing everyone around them to participate in their disgusting and lethal habit. People who smoke are weak

  • superman Jan 27, 2007

    What about putting an extra "big" tax of beer and alchol. Havent heard of many cases of guys going to prison for smoking. People get hurt everyday in a lot of ways by alchol. Give a guy behind the wheel smoking rather than a guy drinking. Get real folks, alchol is much more dangerous to the public than smoking. Rather have my child smoking than drinking. Lets also outlaw drinking in public restaurants, buildings and anywhere except at home. Nothing worse than sitting next to a public drunk in a restarant or other place. The state seems to enjoy the tax revenue from cigarettes-- carry this over to beer and wine and any alcholic beverage

  • tarheelblue919 Jan 27, 2007

    i'm a smoker, and i'm all for making things comfortable so everyone can get equal enjoyment, but i agree with pinetops, them lawmakers sure do like the tax dollars from cigarettes!!!! and just an idea, shouldnt they be spending less time on banning smoking (since most north carolinians do NOT smoke) and more time on passing laws to get the murders and rapists, and pedaphiles off our streets, and keeping them off?!?!

  • Ladybug Jan 26, 2007

    The state has my vote. Let's make it effective in all restuarants as well - any public place.

  • diwanicki Jan 26, 2007

    How many of you lawmakers smoke???????????????????

  • pinetops Jan 26, 2007

    Don't forget that most of the government buildings were funded with tobacco money.