Ban Smoking In Workplaces Or Not?

A bill that would ban smoking in workplaces in the largest tobacco-growing state was approved Tuesday by the NC House Health committee.

 

 

 

A bill that would ban smoking in workplaces in the largest tobacco-growing state was approved Tuesday by the NC House Health committee. The next step for the bill is a House Legal Issues committee.

There are clearly two sides to this debate. Some see it as a health issue, others as government intrusion.

So what do you think state lawmakers should do? Should they ban smoking in workplaces, including bars and restaurants? Or do you think lawmakers should allow those places to decide for themselves to permit a legal, but dangerous and potentially deadly activity,  to take place in their establishments?

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  • by JoAlice Location: Asheville, NC on Dec 19, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    Is there a ban on smoking in public auction houses in NC, and if so how would one report an auction house that has a restaurant where the owners and all his workers constantly smoke. It causes a problem for many people.
  • by marla Location: greenville on Feb 5, 2010 at 05:41 AM
    FSC cigarettes are bad!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Ron Location: NC on Jun 7, 2009 at 08:36 AM
    Everyone knows that tobacco is a hazard to users and non-users. That being a fact...our gov should make it illegal and save taxpayers billions now and in the future from the health problems that these products cause.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 11, 2009 at 12:18 PM
    Whether you ban it or not we cannot use good judgement by companies who pay for the heath insurance since they should make the decision and not the state. Just like restaurants and bars, let them make the decision. I posted this link since so many fell for this political farst just like shoving global warming down our throats. Yes, that is a different story but when politics come to town they seem to rule. We are trully the nanny state. I don't care if others smoke and I know how to move. Yes there are rude smokers but there are rude drivers and rude people. I am more bothered by drivers on a cell phone than smoking being banned. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,26109,00.html
  • by Mark Location: Goldsboro NC on Mar 17, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    Yes they should ban smoking in the work place. Reason #1 the cost to the employer when a smoker is taking a smoking break I have watched smokers taek antwhere from a few minutes to 15 minutes to smoke break this is time lost and money wasted If a smokers takes a 10 minute smoke break 5 or 6 times a day that is a hour lost The cost of smoking in health terms It is proofen that smoking increases the chance of cardiovascular and breathing problems not just to the smoker but second and third hand smoke #3 non smokers have to pick up the slack when a smoker is off taking a smoke break
  • by Cactus on Mar 15, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    In Atlanta, you can drink all the beer you want at the Braves game, but you can't smoke. Think of the drive home.
  • by Have asthma Location: Greenville on Mar 15, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    Both my daughter and I have asthma. Whenever we get near someone that is smoking, we have an asthma attack. We are both highly allergic. Banning smoking in public is a good due to the fact that smoking affects everyone around you not just the person who choses to do it. Btw, I am from NC. I have worked in tabocca fields. But I have seen those fields turn into soy bean fields. I have seen auction houses close. The industry has changed a lot over the last 20 yrs.
  • by Cactus on Mar 14, 2009 at 06:46 PM
    Yes I smoke, but set in non smoking section when eating out. What has happen to using a little common sense, are we devoid of that? David do you zig-zag thru traffic on your motorcycle, if you are how about a $10,000 fine for you (yes I already know the answer, you are perfect)? Come on there is room for all of us in this world, at least I used to think so, but I'm not sure any more.
  • by Gary Location: greenville on Mar 14, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    They will probably end up making ever business owner who wants to allow smoking to buy a license to allow it. Just so they get their cut! Just like the federal Govt.
  • by redneck woman Location: nc on Mar 11, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    Ken I agree 110% with you.
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