Workplace Smoking Rules in North Carolina
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