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Old 05-13-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/smoking_ban_heads_to_governor

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The House narrowly agreed to the Senate version of a smoking ban, sending to the governor a bill that would ban smoking in bars and restaurants.
"This bill has come a long way," said Rep. Hugh Holliman, the House Democratic leader and champion of the bill. "It's had a much debate as any bill has ever had in this state."
Gov. Beverly Pedue is expected to sign the bill into law. It's a law that might have been unthinkable just a few years ago in a state built on the tobacco industry.
The bill was approved 62 to 56. The original House version allowed smoking only in businesses that prohibited anyone under 18 from entering the premises. That exception generally excluded all bars from the ban. Restaurants complained that the exception would give bars a competitive advantage.
But the version adopted by the Senate removed the section of the bill that applied the ban to all workplaces.
Holliman said the compromise was "probably as good as you're going to do on a bill that's as far reaching as this." He held open the possibility that he would take another run at all workplaces later.
Opponents said the bill was an infringement on personal rights.
"This is about the freedom and rights to do on your property what you see fit," said Rep. David Lewis, a Dunn Republican.
Update: In a statement, Gov. Beverly Perdue called it "an important and historic day for North Carolina."
"I have vigorously supported efforts to reduce and eliminate smoking and this bill will help more North Carolina citizens avoid the dangers of secondhand smoke," she said.
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:05 PM   #2
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Maybe now, Asheville has an argument as the new Portland.

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Old 05-13-2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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Meh.... Connecticut banned smoking in bars years ago. It led to bar owners scrambling to build patios...

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Old 05-13-2009, 09:13 PM   #4
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NY did it a few years ago also. All the bars were in a doom and gloom state of mind... There are more bars around here now than before and they have found it actually saves them money no nasty smell and no dingy walls. They don't have to ventilate air in summer and winter. And business increased

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NC is the Tobacco state. It'd be the last place imaginable that I thought this would happen.
AZ has been smoke free for awhile.

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NC is the Tobacco state. It'd be the last place imaginable that I thought this would happen.
That's true... I didn't even think of that.
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:21 PM   #7
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That's true... I didn't even think of that.
Those closest to it know the most about it. I had a friend whose dad was the second largest tobacco farmer in the state and he said he would immediately cut off his kids if he caught them with a cigarette. He didn't smoke either.
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I had a friend whose dad was the second largest tobacco farmer in the state and he said he would immediately cut off his kids if he caught them with a cigarette. He didn't smoke either.
Just like the age old adage from drug dealers, "Don't get high on your own supply"
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Also domestic production of tobacco has fallen way off. More competitive foreign tobacco on the market . So even though NC is the tobacco state it's tobacco crops are not what they used to be.

"Total utilization of U.S.-grown tobacco has been declining since 1975, from
1.941 billion pounds to 1.121 billion pounds in 2001 (a 42% drop in the farm
weight)."

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Indianapolis is heading hat way to, at least Marion County.

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