Lawmakers Approve Smoking Ban In All State Government Buildings

A ban on smoking in all state government buildings was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

Lawmakers extended a protection from secondhand smoke that was
provided to workers in their own two buildings just a couple of
years ago.

Without debate, the House voted 110-to-3 to approve minor
changes made in the Senate and forwarded the bill to Governor Mike
Easley for his signature. The new law would take effect January

A separate measure to create uniform smoking bans for public
schools was approved 102-to-7 by the House but must go back to the
Senate for a concurrence vote.

Current state law also restricts or bans smoking in libraries,
museums, arenas and coliseums, and certain university buildings.