North Carolina Bans Smoking in Restaurants and Bars

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North Carolina Bans Smoking in Restaurants and Bars

By: Rebecca P. Watkins – The Fork & Spoon

(May 14, 2009)

The irony of a tobacco producing state clamping down on inside restaurant and bar smoking is not going unnoticed by the residents of the Tar-Heel State. Governor Beverly Perdue (D) says she will sign into law a bill passed by the North Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday, which will ban smoking inside bars and restaurants. The North Carolina House of Representatives approved a 62-56 vote on a version of the state’s Senate bill.

Supporters of the bill tout the benefits of cessation on second-hand smoke, and the opponents of the bill argue that the rights of the business owner and the individuals are at stake. The tobacco industry has historically been one of North Carolina’s leading industries, however, as the state transitions from agriculture to manufacturing, North Carolina has seen a great portion of its economic growth come from other sectors.

Restaurant and bar owners in the Tar-Heel State will surely see this from a mixed perspective as individual business owners, in particular, generally manage from a hands-on approach. North Carolina is not the first state to take on this fight; similar bills have passed in neighboring states with as many proponents and objectors – it’s just that North Carolina is the first big tobacco state to take up the cause for smoke-free dining.

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