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Smoke Free NC

nonsmokingWayne Worden, MS, RRT, RCP has been a licensed respiratory care practitioner for 16 years and is director of respiratory care WakeMed Raleigh Campus.

Smoking Ban in NC Restaurants

Saturday marks the first day of a restaurant smoking ban in North Carolina.  This is remarkable because these restaurants and bars are some of the last businesses to ban smoking.

Originally from New York, I saw the impact of a restaurant smoking ban when that state implemented a similar law several years ago, and I appreciated the big improvement this seemingly small change made for nonsmokers and for the health of the community.  The ban made dining out much more pleasurable for non-smokers and greatly reduced diners’ exposure to second-hand smoke.

The Negative Impact of Smoking

As a respiratory therapist, I see the effects of smoking and second-hand smoke in our patients every day.  Both smoking and second-hand smoke are dangerous and negatively impact many disease processes.  Smoking is a known risk factor for most major diseases including heart disease, stroke and cancer. And, second-hand smoke is proven to cause lung cancer, heart disease and lower respiratory tract infections in young children.

This weekend’s new non-smoking ban is a great step toward a healthier North Carolina.

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  1. Sorry, but this is too far! What happened to freedom? If an owner wants to make his establishement smoke free he/she can do that! But for the gov. to take the right of the owners away is TOO FAR!
    By the way, driving a car is “known” to kill people! Are we going to stop cars from driving on the raod?

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