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NC DPH: Chronic Disease and Injury Section

Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch

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What could be more important for good health than clean, safe air to breathe? The good health of workers and customers alike is the best reason for governments to ensure smoke-free businesses. Smoke-free air is good for North Carolina residents, workers and visitors.

North Carolina! Now serving smoke-free air!

Since January 2, 2010, nearly all restaurants and bars in North Carolina, and many lodging establishments, have been smoke-free, thanks to N.C. General Statute 130A-497, otherwise known as North Carolina’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law.

On this site you will find information about the law itself, the rules further explain the law, frequently asked questions about the law, tools to help businesses follow the law – including downloadable “no smoking” signs, fact sheets and other educational materials – and links to up-to-date information on the health hazards of secondhand smoke and how to quit tobacco.

If you observe or note a possible violation, please notify the owner or manager of the establishment. They are responsible for compliance and are required to direct a person who is smoking to extinguish the lighted tobacco product.

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Updated: February 26, 2020