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Smoke-Free Public Places

About the Orange County Smoke-Free Public Places Rule

Read the complete rule (PDF) or view an overview of the rule in the following languages:

You can also view a video about the rule and frequently asked questions (PDF).

Window Clings & Stickers

To get your free window cling or sticker email Smoke Free Orange County or call 919-245-2480 and let us know if you want the Breathe Easy or Smoke-Free/No Fumar version.


The 2010 North Carolina Smoke-free Restaurants and Bars Law (N.C. Gen. Stat. 130A-498) allows local governments to adopt and enforce smoke-free ordinances that are broader than State law in local government buildings, on local government grounds, in local vehicles, or in public places.

As a part of its 2012-2014 strategic plan the Orange County Board of Health reviewed existing County smoke-free policies, solicited public input, deliberated on the issue, and subsequently voted to approve the new rule that expands jurisdiction to be more comprehensive of public places. View press releases related to the rule establishment.

Smoke Free Public Places Window ClingPublic Input Period (September 27, 2012 to October 24, 2012)

The public was invited to share their thoughts on the proposed Rule in five ways:

  • Email
  • Online survey
  • Public Hearing
  • Telephone comment line
  • U.S. Mail

View the questions (PDF) and results (PDF) used for the survey.

Contact Us

Rita Krosner
Tobacco Prevention and Control Coordinator
Email Rita Krosner
Phone: 919-245-2424