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“The law is protecting
The Surgeon General’s Report released earlier this month emphasizes the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, reporting that even short-term exposure to tobacco smoke can cause changes that can trigger a heart attack or stroke in someone with heart disease or asthma attacks in those with respiratory conditions.
Restaurant and bar workers report improved health since the law went into effect. Robert Nixon, owner of Jackalope Jacks in
“I haven’t had as many colds or been as congested since the law went into place,” said Jackalope Jack’s bartender Ben Jackson.
In 2008, according to the N.C. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 7.8 percent of
“Compliance with the law has been excellent, with the vast majority of restaurants, bars and lodging facilities cooperating fully, thanks to the hard work of local health departments around the state,” Engel said. “The number of complaints we are receiving now about non-compliance is very small.”
By the end of November, the state had received 1,343 complaints involving 874 facilities since the law went into effect on January 2. There were 538 complaints made in January, but only 37 in November, with the monthly number dropping steadily early in the year. View the monthly chart here.
Paul M. Stone, President and CEO of the N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association, said his membership is pleased with the new law. “The consensus is that this ban has had an overall positive effect on restaurants and hotels in
According to a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health survey released this summer, 74 percent of N.C. registered voters support the law. In the same survey, 42 percent said they dine out more now that the smoke-free law went into effect, while only 8.3 percent say they dine out less often. Slightly less than 50 percent said it has made no difference in their behavior.
Among bar patrons, 18.4 percent said they are now going out more, 70.7 percent said the law made no difference and 10.7 percent report going out less.
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