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Perdue signs N.C. smoking ban

Posted May 18, 2009
Updated May 19, 2009

— Gov. Beverly Perdue on Tuesday signed an indoor smoking ban into law.

Bill sponsors Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson and Sen. William Purcell, D-Scotland and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier Cansler joined Perdue in a signing ceremony at the State Capitol.

"It's a huge marker in our state that we're serious about having a healthy North Carolina, and that we'll go to (all means) to make that happen," Perdue said. "My hat's off to the General Assembly. I have never been as proud of a body in my entire life."

The new law bans smoking in nearly all restaurants and bars. Private clubs and cigar bars are exempted from the no-smoking restrictions.

Proponents say the law will protect people from the adverse health effects of second-hand smoke, while critics say the ban infringes on smokers' rights and the rights of business owners to control what activities go on inside their establishments.

The law takes effect next January and allows fines of up to $50 for smokers who keep puffing after being asked by an establishment's managers to stop.

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  • concerned citizen of NC May 21, 9:10 a.m.

    When will you smokers realize your "right" to smoke is NOT being taken away. It should've never been allowed around food anyway, now it will be like it should've been all along. There are people who are really allergic to cigarette smoke & to intentionally blow smoke in their face is just stupid & rude. Smokers GROW UP & STOP WHINING! You can still smoke just not around food come January. Cities & Towns already tell you what you can & can't have in your yard. Certain neighborhoods tell you what you can & can't do with your home & yard - like the ones that can't have the decorative flags, or have to have certain color shutters, etc. So this excuse people are giving that the govt is taking away your rights is already old news, so stop your griping about not being able to smoke in a restaurant. Now restaurants will be cleaner cause they won't have that nasty stinch.

  • manofjustice May 20, 4:37 p.m.

    Right now..no matter what Purdue does...she is not loved in North Carolina. I don't care about the smoking ban right now...she is cutting my check!!!! U messin wit my money woman. We need to find a new governor real soon...like by Monday.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 May 20, 9:25 a.m.

    "So, private bars and cigar clubs are not included. Well, aren't all bars privately owned?"

    Privately-owned? Yes. Privately-operated? No. There are legal definitions if private clubs that involve paid memberships. I don't know all the requirements for an establishment to be considered a private club, but I'm sure that's on the internet, just a Google search away.

    Restaurants are privately-owned, but they open their doors and invite the public in without fees. You don't have to be a member to walk in and be a patron.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 20, 9:05 a.m.

    bsmith4, unless your favorite bar suddenly becomes non-profit or a "country club", it will HAVE to go smoke free in January. Your local bar owner clearly hasn't read the law and cannot avoid this ban...and stay in business.

  • NCTeacher May 19, 7:47 p.m.

    I'm a smoker myself, and I am fine with banning it in restaraunts. If I can't go an hour without smoking- I need to be staying at home anyway

  • scientistjo May 19, 7:40 p.m.

    pbjbeach, 70% of North Carolinians agree with this ban. You are in the minority. And please stop typing with the caps lock on, thank you.

  • leebmad May 19, 7:35 p.m.

    Well, I guess it's time to let you all in on what's really happening. As a condition to recieve Federal funds once the universal health care act is passed, states will have to meet certain criteria, reduced numbers of smokers and people considered to be obese. It's the same as they did to raise the legal drinking age to 21, if a state didn't raise the age limit, they withheld federal highway funds from that state. The cigarettes, sodas, trans fats, alcohol, and other foods and beverages will be taxed or banned in the near future. I am a smoker who 99% of the time, will not smoke in a resaturant, and have no problem with a ban there. Bars are another story with me though. Any of you on either side of this, who thinks the gov't is doing any of this for your health, have truley been misled and or lied to. Remember what I have said and pay attention to what goes on around you.

  • pbjbeach May 19, 7:26 p.m.

    THE STATE HAD BETTER BE GETTING READY TO HIRE A LOT OF POLICE OFFICERS TO ENFORCE THIS ONE. THIS HAS GOT TO BE A JOKE WHEN IT COMES TO ENFORCEMENT ISN'T IT . AS I MATTER OF FACT I THINK THAT THIS GOVERNOR IS A JOKE SHE IS DOING THIS JUST FOR A PHOTO OPT AN TO TRY AN INCREASE HER NATIONAL PRESENTS SHE WILL NEVER GET MY VOTE AGAIN FOR ANYTHING NOT EVEN DOG CATCHER BUT I STILL WONT VOTE TO REPLACE HER WITH A REPUBLICAN NOT EVER NOT AFTER THIS PAST BUSH ADMINSTRATION FARASE OF THE LAST PAST EIGHT YEARS

  • pbjbeach May 19, 7:21 p.m.

    THIS IS NOTHING SHORT OF MORE POLITICIAL INTERVENTION INTO THE LIVES OF THE AVERAGE AMERICANS THAT ARE BEING INFULENCENED BY THE POLITICAL CLOUT OF THE INSURANCE LOBBYIST IN AMERICA IN ORDER TO TRY AN HELP THEM FROM HAVING TO MAKE PAYOUTS FOR THE SMOKERS HEALTH PROBLEMS IN THIS COUNTRY . I THOUGHT THAT INSURANCE COMPANY'S WERE SUPPOSE TO BE IN THE RISK TAKING BUSINESS . THATS A JOKE AS LONG AS THEY HAVE LOBBYIST WORKING FOR THEM I HAVE PERSONNALY BEEN QUIT FOR 16 YEARS BUT I FEEL THAT PEOPLE SHOULD STILL HAVE THE OPTION/RIGHT TO LIGHT UP IF THEY SO CHOSE TO SMOKE WITHOUT ANY KIND OF SMOKING BAN FIRST IT WAS IN THE WORKPLACE AN NOW IT IS EVRYWHERE WHERE WILL THIS INFRINGMENT ON OUR PERSONAL RIGHTS STOP. I THINK THE TAXPAYERS SHOULD START A MOVEMENT TO IMPEACH THIS SUPPOSE TO BE GOVERNOR NOW THANK YOU

  • NC_LibertyLover May 19, 6:41 p.m.

    I will put forward the questions again. What are you going to do when people refuse to pay these citations? What are you going to do when some business owners refuse to shut down their businesses and allow smoking? Are you prepared to watch your taxes go up to fund enforcement of an unnecessary law. A law in all likelihood many police will simply ignore especially in smaller communities. That is if they don't start taking kick backs to look the other way. Are you ready for guns of government and the pain and suffering they will inflict on a minority that never sought to force any business to cater to them? Considering there never were any fines or police actions taken against non-smokers for not smoking or forcing businesses to provide smoking areas under penalty of law. This is just another step toward a police state.

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