A new law signed by Gov. Purdue in May 2009 prohibits smoking in public restaurants and bars. North Carolina’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law takes effect January 2, 2010 but local business owners are already getting ready. The N.C. Division of Public Health and the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors have launched a new website to guide restaurant and bar owners through the facts of the law. WRAL reports that the site describes the health hazards of secondhand smoke and offers downloadable fact sheets and “no smoking signs” for business owners.
My favorite part of the website—“Submit a Thank You.” Grateful viewers can thank the North Carolina legislature for making restaurants and bars smoke free and express their appreciation with a lovely thank you gram. The page reads:
We know that there are many in NC who will want to express their appreciation for North Carolina’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars law. Beginning January 2, 2010, this page will provide a means to e-form your thanks regarding implementation of North Carolina’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law.
But where is the “no thank you” form on the site? Where do people who think the bill is a complete infringement on property rights post their “no thank you”?