Why is the DHHS Board addressing smoking and tobacco use?

The DHHS Board desires to reduce the harmful effects of smoking as well as eliminate the exposure to secondhand smoke for its citizens and any visitors. Policies or ordinances that prohibit where you can use tobacco products help those who are thinking of quitting to successfully quit the use of tobacco products. Tobacco-free or smoke-free policies help to protect others from the exposure to secondhand smoke as well as provide tobacco-free role modeling for our youth.

If you or someone you know is thinking about quitting, there is support. Smokers can talk to their healthcare providers about quitting and review the cessation options that are available through their health insurance. They can also take advantage of the free quitting support service, QuitlineNC at 800-784-8669 (800-QUIT-NOW ) or go to the QuitlineNC website.

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1. Why did the DHHS Board implement a Tobacco-Free Rule?
2. Why does the Gaston County Tobacco Rule include government grounds and parks in the rule?
3. Why is the DHHS Board addressing smoking and tobacco use?
4. How can you tell people that they aren't allowed to do a legal behavior?
5. I didn't think e-cigarettes/vaping devices had tobacco in them, why are they included?
6. Why does it matter that I smoke outside or use smokeless tobacco products?
7. How will this rule be enforced?
8. Can I smoke in my car?
9. Is there a penalty?