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First anniversary for NC smoking ban

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- With the first anniversary of the smoking ban in bars and restaurants coming up January 2, some smokers are still mad, and say they've been left out in the cold.

"I think smokers have rights too," smoker Debby Spach said. "I think if you're in bars where there are no kids around, anyone over 18, I think, you should be able to smoke."

Spach may feel that way, but the state does not agree. Smoking was banned in North Carolina even though the state leads the nation in tobacco growth. Non-smoker Claudia Roth said the ban on smoking indoors may continue the decline of the economy.

"I mean you look at our economy, look how much money we derive from smokers," Roth said. "It's like they're purposely trying to destroy our economy. Furniture's down. Textile's down. Now they're trying to do away with tobacco. How insane?"

As for the bars and restaurants in question, Tim Boissey, a brewer at Front Street Brewery, said the ban hasn't affected business. While some customers are frustrated about the changes, most patrons enjoy the smoke-free setting.

"Some people are annoyed they have to walk 15 feet to go outside to smoke," Boissey said. "But there are 50, 60 other people in the restaurant that aren't annoyed that someone's smoking at the bar."

Boissey said any law aimed at improving the health of the community is something that should be in place.

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The government is a tyranny!

The anti-smokers are guilty of flagrant scientific fraud for ignoring more than 50 studies, which show that human papillomaviruses cause at least a quarter of non-small cell lung cancers. Smokers and passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to this virus, for socioeconomic reasons. And the anti-smokers' studies are all based on nothing but lifestyle questionnaires, so they're cynically DESIGNED to blame tobacco for all those extra lung cancers that are really caused by HPV. And those criminals commit the same type of fraud with every disease they blame on tobacco.

For the government to commit fraud to deprive us of our liberties is automatically a violation of our Constitutional rights to the equal protection of the laws, just as much as if the government purposely threw innocent people in prison. And for the government to spread lies about phony smoking dangers is terrorism, no different from calling in phony bomb threats.


These bans are a reason all smokers should switch to those Crown7 electric cigarettes I keep seeing all over the place...


Whats the use of having a law on the books when no one is enforcing it?I have made calls to the Health Department in Pender County about smoking violations and they have done nothing! Maybe you can get a story from them.

To report a potential

To report a potential violation of the Smoke Free Bars and Restaurants Law, visit or call the Care Line at 1-800-662-7030. The potential violation will then be reported to the local health department for appropriate follow-up.

I don't care

I don't care if second hand smoke is harmful or not. All I know, is it STINKS!! I am not going to waste my money by eating anywhere people are smoking. This is my decision, and I don't mind bypassing these places at all. I wish our law makers would make it illegal for people to sit in the diningroom and blow their nose while others are trying to enjoy their meals. Who in their right mind wants to be chewing their food and hear some fool who was never taught any manners blow a glob of snot from their nose? Please excuse yourself to the restroom if you feel the need to clean your nostrils.

If you want to smoke, smoke

If you want to smoke, smoke at your own risk- do not effect othters. I know numerous people who have serious problems to due second hand smoke. The smoke that non smokers inhale is not filtered!! Another thing being that a lot of restaurants are open-no seperate rooms for smoke. Many bars are not closed off from the diners. I just don't think non smokers should be exposed to cigarette smoke. It is unhealthy and goes into the food, peoples' clothes, and peoples' lungs.

Whether you smoke or not,

Whether you smoke or not, agree with this law or not I think we should look at what is fair. The law is not fair to those who engage in the activity of smoking, which remains legal. Tobacco products are legal and yet those using them are considered criminals for using them under certain conditions. A very simple solution for this matter is to allow smoking bars and restaurants. These would be designated for smokers. If offended by smoke then you go elsewhere. Simple, both groups wants are met, smokers as well as non smokers.


Smoking outside is better for the health of everyone.. ..If I understand it right,, most of the business have picked up and that is good in this day and time


Fair? It's not fair that I have COPD and have to walk through piles of smoke at a restaurant to get to my table. It's not fair that I am seated within 25 feet of a smoker at a bar when I'm trying to enjoy a meal and have to smell the nauseating smell of tobacco smoke. It's not fair that I can't go somewhere else because every restaurant allows it. What if YOU or a loved one had a lung disease? You would be shouting from the rooftops to continue the ban. I can finally go and enjoy breatheable air. Let's keep it that way.

"Boissey says any law aimed

"Boissey says any law aimed at improving the health of the community is something that should be in place."

-Ok so lets ban alcohol...wouldn't that solve many more problems? Killing your liver among other vital organs, drunk driving accidents that instantly KILL children and families, bar fights from being under the influence...etc...etc...etc. Cigarette smoke sounds much more appealing doesn't it? My point is...where do we draw the line? It's no smoking in bars and restaurants today...what about tomorrow? Why don't we as the people solve this problem instead of pushing stupid things like this to be against the law. I agree with no smoking in restaurants, but bars?? Come on...I know countless people who ONLY smoke when they are drinking.

They have created a fear

They have created a fear that is based on nothing’’
World-renowned pulmonologist, president of the prestigious Research Institute Necker for the last decade, Professor Philippe Even, now retired, tells us that he’s convinced of the absence of harm from passive smoking. A shocking interview.

What do the studies on passive smoking tell us?

PHILIPPE EVEN. There are about a hundred studies on the issue. First surprise: 40% of them claim a total absence of harmful effects of passive smoking on health. The remaining 60% estimate that the cancer risk is multiplied by 0.02 for the most optimistic and by 0.15 for the more pessimistic … compared to a risk multiplied by 10 or 20 for active smoking! It is therefore negligible. Clearly, the harm is either nonexistent, or it is extremely low.

It is an indisputable scientific fact. Anti-tobacco associations report 3 000-6 000 deaths per year in France ...

I am curious to know their sources. No study has ever produced such a result.

Many experts argue that passive smoking is also responsible for cardiovascular disease and other asthma attacks. Not you?

They don’t base it on any solid scientific evidence. Take the case of cardiovascular diseases: the four main causes are obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes. To determine whether passive smoking is an aggravating factor, there should be a study on people who have none of these four symptoms. But this was never done. Regarding chronic bronchitis, although the role of active smoking is undeniable, that of passive smoking is yet to be proven. For asthma, it is indeed a contributing factor ... but not greater than pollen!

The purpose of the ban on smoking in public places, however, was to protect non-smokers. It was thus based on nothing?

Absolutely nothing! The psychosis began with the publication of a report by the IARC, International Agency for Research on Cancer, which depends on the WHO (Editor's note: World Health Organization). The report released in 2002 says it is now proven that passive smoking carries serious health risks, but without showing the evidence. Where are the data? What was the methodology? It's everything but a scientific approach. It was creating fear that is not based on anything.

Why would anti-tobacco organizations wave a threat that does not exist?

The anti-smoking campaigns and higher cigarette prices having failed, they had to find a new way to lower the number of smokers. By waving the threat of passive smoking, they found a tool that really works: social pressure. In good faith, non-smokers felt in danger and started to stand up against smokers. As a result, passive smoking has become a public health problem, paving the way for the Evin Law and the decree banning smoking in public places. The cause may be good, but I do not think it is good to legislate on a lie. And the worst part is that it does not work: since the entry into force of the decree, cigarette sales are rising again.

Why not speak up earlier?

As a civil servant, dean of the largest medical faculty in France, I was held to confidentiality. If I had deviated from official positions, I would have had to pay the consequences. Today, I am a free man.

Le Parisien


BS...I can show you a thousand different articles that dispute this ONE article. Cigarettes are a serious killer. How about reading the other 1,000 articles with an open mind and learn something.