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North Carolina Legislature Takes Historic Stand for Smoke-Free Air
Date:5/13/2009

NC Would Be First Tobacco State to Make All Restaurants and Bars Smoke-Free

WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:

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The North Carolina Legislature today delivered a historic victory for health and the public's right to breathe clean air by approving legislation to make all restaurants and bars smoke-free. Gov. Bev Perdue has indicated support for such legislation, which would make North Carolina the first major tobacco-growing state to make all restaurants and bars smoke-free. It is a truly groundbreaking step for a tobacco-growing state like North Carolina to recognize the devastating toll of tobacco use and secondhand smoke and take decisive action to protect public health.

We applaud the North Carolina legislators who championed this legislation, including bill sponsors Representative Hugh Holliman and Senator Bill Purcell, as well as the North Carolina Alliance for Health. We also applaud Gov. Perdue for her longtime leadership in working to reduce tobacco use and the harm it causes to North Carolina's children and health. The smoke-free law would take effect Jan. 2, 2010.

North Carolina would become the 26th state to pass a strong smoke-free law that includes restaurants and bars. The North Carolina legislation adds to the growing momentum across the country and around the world to protect all workers and the public from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke. No one should have to put their health at risk in order to earn a paycheck or enjoy a night out.

North Carolina joins 25 other states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico in passing smoke-free legislation that covers restaurants an
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