North Carolina Smoking: What you need to know

State government. Smoking is prohibited in buildings owned, leased, or occupied by the state government and its agencies, including state correctional facilities. Smoking is also prohibited in state-owned and leased vehicles (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 130A-491et al.).

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Individual facilities may restrict smoking on walkways and on the grounds of buildings.

Restaurants and Bars

Smoking is prohibited in enclosed sections of restaurants and bars. Ashtrays and smoking receptacles are not allowed on the premises, and signs stating that smoking is prohibited must be conspicuously displayed (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 130A-496). Private clubs, country clubs, bars not serving food, and cigar bars are exempt.


The North Carolina Hospital Association, of which all hospitals in the state are members, has banned smoking in hospital buildings, parking lots and buildings, and on sidewalks.

Long-Term Healthcare Facilities

Smoking is prohibited in long-term care facilities, adult-care homes, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and state-licensed facilities that provide long-term care services. Owners of these facilities are responsible for posting areas where smoking is prohibited (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 131D-4.4).

Public Schools

Local boards of education must adopt, implement, and enforce written policies prohibiting the use of tobacco products, by smoking or chewing, in all school buildings and administrative facilities and their grounds (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 11C-407).

Childcare Program Facilities

Smoking and display of ashtrays and smoking materials is prohibited in all childcare programs, including home-based programs.

State Colleges and Universities

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