Is there a penalty?

For the public who fail to cease using tobacco products can be punished by a fine of no more than $50. A citation may be issued by a sworn law enforcement officer (no court costs may be assessed). For business owners of public places who fail to comply after two written warning violations from a local health director may have imposed upon them an administrative penalty of not more than $200. Each day on which a violation occurs may be considered a separate and distinct violation.

Show All Answers

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?