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About the Orange County Smoke-Free Public Places Rule

Read the complete Rule

Rule Overview

Frequently Asked Questions



Compliance Issues Complaint Form

  • You may file a complaint with the Orange County Health Department if you have observed a violation of the Smoke-Free Public Places Rule.

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Smoke-Free Public Places window clings and stickers

Get yours at any of the following locations:

Chapel Hill

  • Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership
  • Chapel Hill and Orange County Visitor's Bureau
  • Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce


  • Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce
  • Orange County's Government Services Center
  • Orange County Environmental Health (West Campus)
  • Orange County Health Department Administrative Offices (Whitted Building)


  • Carrboro Department of Economic and Community Development (Town Hall)



The 2010 NC 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.

Public Input Period (September 27, 2012 - October 24, 2012)

The public was invited to share their thoughts on the proposed Rule in five ways: An online survey, e-mail, telephone comment line, U.S. Mail, and Public Hearing.

Public Input Survey

Survey Questions

Survey Results

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