Smoking ban in top tobacco-growing NC almost law
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina legislators have approved a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars in the country’s top tobacco-growing state.
Gov. Beverly Perdue says she will sign the bill into law.
Wisconsin legislators also voted Wednesday night to ban smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants. The proposal now goes to Gov. Jim Doyle, who has said he supports it.
North Carolina has come late to the national movement to limit where smoking is allowed.
By the end of this year, more than 30 states and the District of Columbia are expected to have laws banning smoke from workplaces, restaurants, bars, or some combination.
Last year, North Carolina farmers produced $686 million worth of tobacco, nearly half the U.S. output.