North Carolina - smoking ban forces smokers outside in the cold..

January 10, 2010 - The North Carolina smoking ban in restaurants and bars are forcing smokers to make a choice: stay inside in the warmth or bundle up to smoke outside.

The state smoking ban went into effect January 2, 2010 and prohibits smoking in almost all restaurants and bars in North Carolina.

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Reference: Smoking Ban Forces Smokers Outside in the Cold by Shelby Baker, FOX8 News, 1/8/2010.

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January 14, 2010 at 9:05 PM

It amazes me how often we (Americans) just roll over and let the government decide what is best for us. We continue to give up our rights a little bit at a time while saying, "it's not that bad" or "it could be worse". Bottom line, it should be our choice. There was no law restricting an establishment from becoming non-smoking without the government’s help. There also wasn’t a law that made non-smokers go to or work at smoking establishments.
As for all of these bars and restaurants that are claiming to love this new law, why didn’t they go non-smoking on their own? The large chains are not going to be negatively affected by this, but several small businesses that have had a majority of smoking customers may likely be forced to close their doors now that their clientele has been made to be outcasts.
It happened with seatbelt and helmet laws, and once smoking is conquered, who knows what right of choice will be taken away next. By the time most of the sheep in this country realize what has happened, it will be too late.
I've started a petition to try and save our freedom of choice at:
I’ve caught a lot of flack stating that petitions don’t work. Without any support, I can be assured that it will not. However, at least I can say that I’m trying something and not just rolling over. If you want to be a sheep and follow the herd, that is your choice. If you would like to “try” and make a difference, please take a moment to read the petition. If you agree with it, please sign it. If you don’t, don’t. That’s your choice (for now anyway).