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Smoking Ban

NC marks 5 years since smoking banned in bars

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videoNorth Carolina health officials are praising the benefits of a 5-year-old state law that banned smoking in bars and restaurants. Friday marks five years since the effective date of the law that also limited smoking rooms at hotels or motels to 20 percent of the total. The law survived a series of lawsuits by pool hall and nightclub owners challenging an exception that allows smoking at private clubs. Full story...
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Effort to block beach smoking ban stalls

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A bill that would have snuffed out local municipalities' rights to limit outdoor smoking hit a significant snag Thursday and is not likely to advance this session. Full story...
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Senate bill could snuff out smoking bans at Wrightsville Beach, CFCC

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video Public smoking bans tend to spark emotions on both sides of the conversation, and that is certainly true at Wrightsville Beach, the first public beach in the state to ban smoking on the sand. Now a bill in the state Senate could send the ordinance up in smoke. Full story...
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Wrightsville Beach works on plan to enforce smoking ban on beach

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video Last fall Wrightsville Beach became the first non-smoking beach in North Carolina. Now town leaders are deciding how to enforce the ban. Full story...
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Davis measuring support for beach smoking ban

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video Rep. Ted Davis is assessing support within legislation for a bill to give New Hanover Co. beach towns the power to enforce smoking bans on the beaches. Full story...
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WB aldermen talk restaurant plan, smoking ban, school safety

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videoIt was a busy first meeting for new Town Manager Tim Owens. Wrightsville Beach Alderman discussed school security, a new restaurant and an Eagle Scout's plan to help the community. Full story...
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Wrightsville Beach approves state's first beach smoking ban

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videoWrightsville Beach is the first beach town in North Carolina to ban smoking on the sand. Voters took to the polls and approved the ban that will likely go into full effect next spring by a margin of 65 percent for compared to just 35 percent against. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Language for Wrightsville Beach smoking ban, Wilmington ballpark ballot questions confuses voters

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video As voters prepare to go to the polls next month, we looked at sample ballots to see how a couple of big issues are presented. What we found are two referenda with language that can be difficult to understand. Full story...
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Carolina Beach passes beach smoking ban pending new state legislation

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videoA smoking ban on the sand at Carolina Beach was approved Tuesday night, but with a few stipulations from town council. According to the town's attorney, current state statute does not allow the town to outlaw smoking at the beach. Full story...
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Survey results released on Carolina Beach smoking ban

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Through a survey sent out via email last month, town leaders asked 122 Chamber of Commerce members about their feelings of a smoking ban at Carolina Beach. Full story...
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