North Carolina Smoking laws & HR compliance analysis

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.
Smoking is prohibited in enclosed sections of restaurants and bars. Private clubs, country clubs, bars not serving food, and cigar bars are exempt (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 130A-496).
Ashtrays and smoking receptacles are not allowed on the premises, and signs stating that smoking is prohibited must be conspicuously displayed
A new rule under the law clarifies what constitutes an “enclosed” area in restaurants and bars. An area is now considered enclosed if it has a roof or other overhead covering andpermanent or temporary walls or side coverings on three or more sides, making up 55 percent or more of the total combined perimeter surface covered. For more information, go to http://tobaccopreventionandcontrol.ncdhhs.gov.
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.
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).
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