Smoking ban is observed at nightclubs

by Jenny Novac on March 27, 2012

Smokers are calling it quits on indoor smoking at several nightclubs where the owners had refused to enforce a state ban.

Nightclub Women Smoking

Women smoking at a nightclub

The N.C. Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the state law prohibiting smoking inside restaurants and bars that took effect on Jan. 2, 2010.

The court case pertained to four Greenville nightclubs that had legally allowed indoor smoking due to a Pitt County district court judge’s November 2010 ruling that it was unconstitutional to forbid smoking at for-profit clubs while allowing it at nonprofit clubs. That decision included the reversal of smoking fines at the nightclubs: Live, Club 519, 5th Street Distillery and Mac Billiards. It was appealed by the Pitt County Health Department, the agency levying the fines.

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