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Tobacco Free Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg County is considering regulations to make all County and municipal government grounds (including the city of Charlotte and six surrounding towns) smoke-free and all county parks tobacco-free. According to the proposed regulations, this means all government owned and operated buildings, vehicles and grounds would be smoke-free and county parks would be free of all tobacco products.

Smoke-free includes all lighted smoking products
such as cigarettes, cigars, little cigars and pipes.

Tobacco-free includes all smoking products, as well as smokeless products
(chew, dip, snuff) and electronic cigarettes.

(l-r) Mecklenburg County Commission Chair Trevor Fuller, Parks and Rec Director Jim Garges, and Health Director Dr. Marcus Plescia.

Mecklenburg County Commission Chair Trevor Fuller, Parks and Rec Director Jim Garges, and Health Director Dr. Marcus Plescia discuss proposed county ordinances for smoke-free government grounds and tobacco-free parks. Here's a link to "Charlotte Talks" with Mike Collins on WFAE.



Frequently Asked Questions about the ordinance

Proposed Regulations handout

Tobacco Free Parks handout


Tobacco-Free = Lives Saved

Chronic disease is the #1 cause of death in our community with Mecklenburg County residents dying of heart disease, stroke, cancer, COPD and diabetes each year. Smoking and use of other tobacco products is the #1 factor contributing to these deaths. Currently, 20% of Mecklenburg County adults smoke. Smoking and tobacco use cause tremendous personal suffering, lost productivity in the workforce and high health care costs. Learn more facts about second hand smoke.

Strong evidence shows that smoke-free and tobacco-free environments reduce tobacco use by preventing youth from starting and encouraging tobacco users to cut back or quit. The goal is to reduce smoking from 20% to 10%, which will save an estimated 580 lives per year in Mecklenburg County. Learn how to prevent tobacco use among youth and young adults.


Public Feedback

A Community Forum was held Monday, August 11, 2014 from 6pm - 7pm at the Government Center, Room 267, 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte.

If you would to join the conversation online about proposed smoke-free and tobacco-free regulations, click here for Meck Connect.

Pop-Up Events - Health promotion staff will go out to the community to dialogue with the public at various locations during August.

Event Schedule 

August 5
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pop-up Event
Dr. Charles L. Sifford (Revolution) Golf Course
August 11
6 p.m.
Public Forum
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 267
August 13
11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Pop-up Event
Renaissance Park/Golf Course
August 16
Noon – 2 p.m.
Pop-up Event
Soccer Tournament at Mecklenburg County Sportsplex (Matthews)
August 19
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Pop-up Event
Lunch Box Music Series, Romare Bearden Park
August 20
10 a.m. – Noon
Pop-up Event
Freedom Park Play 60 Playground
August 27
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Pop-up Event
Revolution Park, Athletic Fields
August 30
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pop-up Event
Romare Bearden Park – birthday bash event


        Draft Board of Health Rule for Smoke-Free Government Grounds 


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