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Workplace Smoking Rules in North Carolina

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on June 22, 2012.

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Employers in North Carolina must comply with these state rules regulating smoking in the workplace.

In North Carolina smoking is prohibited in enclosed areas of bars and restaurants and long-term care facilities, with specified exceptions.

Employers covered: Employers with one or more employees.

Written policy requirements: Employer policy not specified.

Posting requirements: A person who manages, controls or operates a restaurant or bar where smoking is prohibited must post signs clearly stating that smoking is prohibited.

The signs must be posted at each public entrance at a height and location easily seen, be at least 24 square inches in size, be in legible font type, and display the Division of Public Health's toll-free complaint line telephone number and the state government's smokefree website.

The owner, manager or operator of a long-term care facility Where smoking is prohibited must conspicuously post signs that smoking is prohibited inside the facility. The signs may include the international "no smoking" symbol.

No smoking areas: Smoking is prohibited in enclosed areas of bars and restaurants. The definition of a restaurant is a food or lodging establishment that prepares and serves drink or food as regulated by the Commissioner for Public Health.

Smoking is prohibited in long-term care facilities, which include adult care homes, nursing homes, and skilled nursing facilities.

Permitted smoking areas: Smoking may be permitted in:

  • designated smoking guest rooms in lodging establishments (no greater than 20 percent of guest rooms may be designated as smoking rooms)
  • a cigar bar, provided that the smoke does not migrate into enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited
  • a private club

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