Trouble for tobacco users, but delight for those fed up with secondhand smoke. The smoking ban is one step away from becoming a state law.
The State House of Representatives approved changes to a bill Wednesday that would ban smoking in all restaurants and bars across North Carolina. Governor Beverly Perdue now has 10 days to either approve or veto the bill. It's a decision that has smokers outraged and non-smokers applauding. One smoker says banning smoking in bars will alter his decision on where he ultimately spends his money.
Advocates for the bill say a ban on smoking promotes a healthier lifestyle, especially in public areas. If adopted, North Carolina will become the third state to ban smoking in both restaurants and bars and be among over 30 states with at least some kind of smoking restriction.