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We can all breathe easier.North Carolina is now serving smoke free air! As of January 2, 2010 enclosed areas of almost all bars and restaurants in North Carolina must be smoke-free under North Carolina’s Smoke Free Restaurants and Bars Law. In 2006 the U.S. Surgeon General’s report stated that scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. When the NC General Assembly passed the new law, it included findings explaining that secondhand smoke has been proven to cause cancer, heart disease, and asthma attacks in both smokers and nonsmokers.

In Forsyth County over 50% of the restaurants are currently smoke-free. The new law will protect more people from the harm caused by secondhand smoke. To learn more about past initiatives click here.

For more information about the law or to report a violation, visit www.smokefree.nc.gov or call the CARE-LINE at 1-800-662-7030.

For Restaurant Owners and Managers

Have questions about the new law? Need more “no smoking” signs for your business? Below are several documents that you may find useful:

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