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​The public is invited tonight, Monday, August 11, to a community forum on proposed ordinances to make all Mecklenburg County and municipal government grounds smoke-free, and the County park system tobacco-free.

Panelists from the Mecklenburg County Manager’s Office, Health Department, and Parks and Recreation will gather feedback from residents about the proposed ordinances tonight from 6 p.m. –7 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 267, 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte. An informal drop-in will be held from 4 p.m. –6 p.m. prior to the forum where residents can learn more about the impact of tobacco-free environments.
The proposed ordinances would mean all County, City and Town-owned buildings, vehicles and grounds would be smoke-free. Smoke-free includes all lighted smoking products such as cigarettes, cigars, little cigars and pipes. This includes the city of Charlotte and six surrounding towns.
The Mecklenburg County park system, including greenways, and municipal golf courses except The Tradition, would be free of all tobacco products. This includes all smoking products, as well as smokeless products (chew, dip, snuff) and electronic cigarettes.
Residents unable to attend tonight’s community forum can join the conversation online here via the County web site.
The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners has set the official public hearing for the proposed ordinances for the regular Board meeting on Tuesday, September 2, at 6 p.m. Anyone at tonight’s public forum will also have the opportunity to sign up as a speaker for the September 2 Board meeting.
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Media Contact: DC Lucchesi, Public Information Officer at 704-577-8459 or