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Smoking in public housing facilities, soon to be banned nationwide. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's ban will go in effect July 31.
Thursday night town leaders learned if the ban was working.
North 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.
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.