Broader N.C. smoking ban passes Senate panel
RALEIGH (AP) ó Senators have broadened a proposed smoking ban at North Carolina work sites, restaurants and other public places by removing restrictions added in the House.
The Senate Health Care Committee on Wednesday approved legislation by a voice vote aimed at protecting employees and patrons from the dangers of secondhand smoke. The bill now goes to the full Senate.
The Senate version of the bill takes out exceptions from the House bill that would have permitted smoking in public places where children under age 18 don’t work or visit.
It does provide an exception for actors who are asked to smoke as part of a scene in a movie or television production. The film industry sought the change.