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TRU Supports New NC Smoke-Free Law
December 14, 2009,
The new law was passed by the N.C. General Assembly and signed by the Governor in May. The law makes smoking illegal in all enclosed areas of restaurants and bars in
The new state law does not require unenclosed areas of restaurants, bars and lodging establishments to be smoke-free. However, these establishments may voluntarily put into place a policy that prohibits smoking in these unenclosed areas.
There are a few exceptions to the new law. A cigar bar may be exempt from complying with the new law if 60 percent or more of its quarterly gross revenue comes from the sale of alcoholic beverages and 25 percent or more comes from the sale of cigars, and if smoking from the bar does not migrate to an area where smoking is prohibited under the new law, such as a restaurant.
Under this new law private clubs and country clubs may be exempt if they maintain selective members and are operated by the members. They should however not provide food or lodging services for pay to anyone who is not a member or memberâ€™s guest.
Beginning Jan. 2 , 2010, employees or members of the public can report a restaurant or bar that is out of compliance by calling the CARE-LINE at 1-800-662-7030 (bilingual services are available in over 150 languages) seven days a week. Operators are on duty between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. If calling between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., a message may be left and calls will be returned. Information about potential violations will be shared with local health directors who have responsibility for enforcement in their county.
For more information, log onto www.SmokeFree.NC.gov. The NC Quitline number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Written by: Kim Bayha
Posted: Jan 13, 2010 by Kim Bayha