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Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Health Department 249 Billingsley Road Charlotte, NC 28211

Office Location:

Mecklenburg County Health Department 249 Billingsley Road Charlotte, NC 28211

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.


Please do not send confidential information via email.

Tobacco-Free Mecklenburg​

Feedback on Local Smoke-Free

or Tobacco-Free Regulations:

If you identify a signage or enforcement issue regarding Mecklenburg County's Smoke-Free Government Grounds Board of Health Rule or Tobacco-Free Parks County Ordinance, or if you would like to share a comment about the impact of these health-related laws, please email us​.
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Need Help Quitting?

NC Quit LineToba​cco Quit Tool Kit

PDF​Quit Smart classes at Carolinas HealthCare System

  Visit the NC Quit Line

Congratulations to Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte
for being tobacco-free since July 1, 2015.

Check out their Tobacco-Free Campus website

Johnson and Wales Tobacco-Free Campus September 10th  Kick Off event video


Look for the Breathe Freely and Tobacco-Free Parks decals rolling around the county
 - a reminder of Mecklenburg's wellness initiative. 


Kick-Off Event - Marshall Park on Wednesday, March 18th

Did You Know?

Campaign from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):  Smoking and Tobacco Use - Did You Know?

Communication Tool Kit: Tobacco-Free Mecklenburg

 Here is a list of resources to communicate with stakeholders (county/municipal employees, public, etc.) about Smoke-Free Government Grounds or Tobacco-Free Parks regulations in Mecklenburg County.

Both laws become effective March 18, 2015:

30 second video about both regulations.

Watch now...

 Breathe Freely Banner in Charlotte, 2015  

 Watch the massive banner being raised!


Smoke-Free Government Grounds, Board of Health Rule:

  1. Infographic - English or Spanish
  2. Compliance Cards - English or Spanish
  3. Talking to People about Smoke-Free /Tobacco-Free Regulations (with sample script)
  4. CATS transportation system po​​ster
  5. Breathe Freely image
  6. Smoke-Free Property Regulatory Sign​
  7. CATS regulatory sign: ​No Smoking


Smoke-Free Mecklenburg Grounds  


Smoke-Free Mecklenburg Grounds

All government owned buildings, vehicles and property (grounds) are smoke-free in Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, the CATS transit system and in the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville. This is a Mecklenburg County Board of Health Rule.

Watch now...



Tobacco-Free Parks:

  1. Infographic - English or Spanish
  2. Compliance Cards - English or Spanish
  3. Talking to People about Smoke-free /Tobacco-Free Regulations (with sample script)
  4. All Signs Point to Healthier Mecklenburg County Image
  5. Enjoy Your Tobacco-Free Parks Image
  6. Regulatory Sign: Tobacco-Free Parks

Tobacco Free Mecklenburg Parks  


Tobacco Free Mecklenburg Parks

All Mecklenburg County owned parks, greenways and park property are tobacco-free. Exceptions include the county golf courses and some regional parks. This is a Mecklenburg County Ordinance. For More Information:

Watch now...


Government Property
Charlotte Area
Transportation System
Mecklenburg County Parks



Smoke-free Government Grounds? Tobacco-free Parks? What's the difference? These new Infographics explain it. Click on images below to download a copy!


Board of County Commissioners Chairman Trevor M. Fuller gave his State of the​ County Address on Wednesday, Jan. 28. In reviewing past year accomplishments, he stated the following:
We are pleased to have hired Dr. Marcus Plescia, formerly of the CDC, as our new Health Director. One of his first projects was a successful effort to implement a countywide ban on tobacco in our parks, as well as a ban on smoking in all government grounds throughout the county. We have taken a giant step toward better health and better air for all when this new law takes effect on March 18 of this year.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners approved with an 8-1 vote on October 21st a Board of Health Rule for Smoke-Free Government Grounds and a County Ordinance for Tobacco-Free Parks for County owned parks. The Commissioners -- acting as the Board of Health -- passed the Board of Health Rule prohibiting smoking in all County/Municipal - owned buildings in Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and six towns, as well as any City, County or Town vehicles, grounds, parks, greenways, or parklands.

A separate County ordinance also passed that makes Mecklenburg County parks and parklands tobacco-free. The tobacco-free designation includes e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, hookah pipes etc. as well as cigarettes.

Exceptions to both the rule and ordinance include the county's 6 golf courses and 18 regional county-owned parks. Three of these 18 regional parks - Reedy Creek, Freedom Park and Matthews Sportsplex will be tobacco-free during special events such as concerts, festivals, sports tournaments and other large gatherings.​

Infographic describing county parks system

Mecklenburg County regulations approved by the Board of County Commission on October 21, 2014:

Board of Health Rule for Smoke-Free Government Grounds
County Ordinance for Tobacco-Free Parks
Frequently Asked Questions about the two new regulations (includes list of park exemptions)

Mecklenburg County Comm​ission 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.

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See Tobacco In The News

Friday, February 6 was National Wear Red Day - a campaign sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about women and heart disease. Learn about the link between smoking and heart disease.


Is Quitting Smoking on Your Calendar for 2015?Get Tips and Resources.


North Carolina's Smoke -Free Restaurants/Bars Law turns 5 on January 2, 2015!

Mecklenburg County residents have enjoyed five years of health benefits from this state law, with zero ill effects on sales or employment. Could you imagine dining out today any other way than smoke-free? The smoke-free law has made big changes in our state's health, including:

  • Improving air quality in restaurants and bars by 89%

  • Reducing emergency room visits for heart attack by 21%

  • Reducing risk of emergency room visits for asthma attack by 7%

  • Contributing to decrease in smoking rates by middle and high school students

  • Increasing calls to the statewide smoking cessation line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW

Share this infographic: "5th Ann NC Smoke F​ree Restaurants Law infographic" to help celebrate the benefits of smoke-free air in NC restaurants and bars. For more information, visit:

Thursday, November 20th was the Great American Smokeout, a day to commit to quit smoking or using other tobacco products. Mecklenburg County Health Department hosted an awareness event on the plaza at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center with information on QuitlineNC and the opportunity to exchange tobacco for a cold turkey sandwich plus quit tips!! Over 100 people were reached. QuitlineNC reports they had 823 callers from across the state that day with 450 eligible callers receiving an 8 week supply of free nicotine patches.

Healthy Charlotte launches #CLTQuits! This virtual campaign will run from The Great American Smokeout on 11/20/14 until Kick Butts Day on 3/18/15. To take the pledge to quit, to help a friend quit or pledge to never start using tobacco, go to: CharlotteQUITS.
Follow "Healthy Charlotte Council" Blog

Read "An Opinion on E-Cigarettes" by a local college student

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.

* see results for the 2013 NC Youth Tobacco Survey.

See Middle and High School Fact Sheet.

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Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Health Department 249 Billingsley Road Charlotte, NC 28211

Office Location:

Mecklenburg County Health Department 249 Billingsley Road Charlotte, NC 28211

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.


Please do not send confidential information via email.