Smoking In Restaurants
A House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved legislation on Thursday to restrict smoking in North Carolina restaurants. Under the proposal, if a restaurant wants to provide a smoking area for its customers, it cannot exceed 25% of the dining room and must be separate and apart from the main dining area. The smoking restrictions would not apply to restaurants with a seating capacity of 50 people or less. The bill would also prohibit minors from working in the smoking areas of restaurants without signed written permission of the minor's parent or guardian.