Smoking Ban Now Reality And In Full Force

Smokers if you love to light it up after you eat at your favorite restaurant you'll need to take it outside as the North Carolina smoking ban took effect at Midnight Saturday.

Expect to see no-smoking signs outside restaurants as you come in. The state makes posting no-smoking signs a requirement.

Also, you shouldn't find any ash trays available to you either. Patrons who are caught taking a drag inside a restaurant could face fines up to 50 dollars.

A business that refuses to comply could face fines up to 200 dollars a day.

"I support the ban because smoking is a bad habit and with the cold weather it's a good way to make you want to quit smoking," says Will Futrell who is a current smoker.

Outside restaurants can allow smoking as well as private clubs.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 26, 2010 at 03:12 PM
    Audra, yes, off thread, however, most wonder why I post hard and often. Like so many, I was quiet and never posted anything. Like this issue, shouldn't business make the decision? If I don't want to smell it, I can go somewhere else now. Then the other sides says they had to smell it and they didn't like it. Most of us, we really don't care. Then I spend hours researching what has transformed over the last 20 years to find that politics and lobby made this decision for us. Then, after looking into the deeper damage that this could do, well, it has empowered government to pass laws on "whatever" they deem is part of their campaign. Even if someones freedom is lost. Some think this was smoking, as I have posted, no folks, thats shallow, look deeper. What freedom are you enjoying that you don't mind the government stepping in and say, nope? I have watched the government step in to control, when the government works for us. I do not remember when so many campaign promises were broken....
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 26, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    Oh yes, I actually assumed by what you've said that it wasn't an option. I'll kick you another note from there (oes) since I guess it will actually reach you if you check for it, and we've gone way off the original topic of this thread here by now.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 26, 2010 at 05:12 AM
    Audra, chemo and surgery are not an option since the drug she takes is an immune suppressant drug. The options just are not there to give a good quality of life. Goldens are notorious for cancer in their older years. In fact, they are the most suceptible. On top of other complications, the vet school gave no hope. I did get a post from you but it went to my spam filter. The oes site for sheepdogs often email me about MG since sheedogs often get MG. Sort of like volunteer work, I console people on how to take care of their dogs. Trust me, this hasn't been easy. Sort of like taking care of a 2 year old with special needs that you have to pay attention to. When people realize that this isn't a dog, but a family member, then they understand.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 25, 2010 at 07:56 PM
    :-/ I'm sorry that there's really no way to make it easier, except to know that she's made a difference for many people. That includes you. I've had pets that were life-saving for me emotionally, and all added something of value to my life. I read somewhere that people who have pets also live longer, so there is a clear therapeutical value to having them anyway. I have a friend that paid for chemo for her greyhound to give her another year to live - she fosters rescues. I thought it quite amazing that someone would go the extra mile for a little while longer like that. In your case though it also gave something to others in the process, which is priceless. Yes, you are a few places on the web I noted.. I even found you in my space but.. you don't seem to check back on those things too often (was only the one post on oes.org :-( hmm). You should. I sent you a note there too.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 25, 2010 at 04:32 PM
    Audra, I fought a battle that no one gave me hope in the beginning. I was told 5 months at best, as I stated, and she would die of pneumonia. Roche stepped in and gave hope however, no warranty, it was experimental. Well, 6 years has passed with a very healthy life. Its a tribute to MG patients and the vet school in Raleigh. Now I am resigned to knowing one more day or 11 months with a friend. Its never easy and this one will be more difficult. If he tumor bursts, its over. She never stood a normal life from the beginning, but I played by the rules and gave her one. If you go to Roche Pharmaceuticals and MG, you will see Cellcept as a common treatment. Then you will understand her importance, not just to me, but to many. There are a lot of saddened hearts in Washington and Greenville, as no other dog has proved this would work. MG patients know who she is and email me about her. Now, like many, I am confronted with a saddness that is inevitable in spite of my best effort. A sadden OSOC
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 25, 2010 at 12:57 PM
    Heh well... dedication comes in many forms, I guess. It's good to be dedicated to *something* but sometimes it does get misdirected, as many things in life. Sounds to me like she's an amazing dog though, because animals have to have a reason to fight and keep going the same a human person does, when dealing with illness. I think I found a post from a while back on oes.org that is you, about her. Check there for a msg if you don't normally. ;-)
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 24, 2010 at 04:09 AM
    Thanks Audra, keep up the struggle. My golden was one in ten that survived. I don't think they ever estimated my dedication. Some of the adversarial posters here have a good idea of dedication.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 23, 2010 at 04:55 PM
    Yep, I remember reading your posts about her before OSOC. Very sorry to hear she's taken a worse turn. I have my own reasons for appreciating any animal or human animal either one that contributes to research in catastrophic illnesses. You're an awesome pet owner for taking care of her so well for so long.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 23, 2010 at 03:14 PM
    Audra and Just Saying, I have been accused of not being in touch, not being christian, being a republican, Bush lover and many other things. I think after reading your post, lets have a koolaid party at witn. It worked for Obama, it will work for the two of you. Let their be peace! We are all being challenged with a socialist drive that would prevent us from posting on any web site unless we are pro Obama. I think, with Brown being elected, he has bought America some time until the 2010 elections. Hopefully, there will be real change this time or at least some compromise. Take up some slack for OSOC, his heart is weighted heavy with the knowledge his 9 year old golden has cancer, as of Thursday. She is more than a legacy than my posts and been very important to myasthenia gravis patients in the country. The doctors gave her 5 months when she was diagnosed, god gave her 6 years now. Whenever some say there is not god, I say rethink the angle. OSOC
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:45 PM
    Wow.. that's the best you can do at this point? Nothing about the actual topic now I guess.
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