“The new smoke-free law will help protect workers and customers from the known health hazards of secondhand smoke, and may encourage many folks to eat out more than ever, now that doing so will be healthier,” said Ron Sapp, Scotland County Health Director.
The law covers all restaurants and bars and the common areas of lodging facilities that serve food. Many other places that serve food or beverages, such as convenience stores and recreational facilities, will also be smoke-free by law.
Many communities around the state are hosting local events to celebrate the new law, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Perdue in May. Scotland County Health Department is planning a celebratory event for January 5th to recognize Senator William Purcell for his role in helping get this law passed.
“Going smoke-free is one of the nicest things I’ve ever done for my business”, said Colin McArthur, of General McArthur’s Restaurant. “I have people thank me all the time and my staff appreciates a smoke-free workplace.”
For information about the law or to report a violation, visit www.smokefree.nc.gov, or call the CARE-LINE at 1-800-662-7030 or call Scotland County Health Department at 277-2440.