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 most 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 the majority of county parks and all greenways 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.
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.
Mecklenburg County Proposals (to be considered by the Board of County Commission at their regular meeting on Tuesday 10/21/14, starts at 6pm):
Frequently Asked Questions about the ordinance
Proposed Regulations handout
Tobacco Free Parks handout
Follow Tobacco Free Mecklenburg Coalition on Twitter - @TobaccoFreeMeck
Follow "Healthy Charlotte Council" Blog
See Tobacco In The News
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.
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, visit Meck Connect.
Pop-Up Events - Health promotion staff went out to the community to dialogue with the public at various locations during August.