Smoking ban complaints updated through first two weeks

Reported by Scott Saxton email

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County has the fifth highest smoking ban complaint total in the state of North Carolina, since the beginning of the statewide ban on January 2nd.

The state's Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch updated its complaint tally through the first two weeks of the ban on Wednesday.

There have been twenty complaints so far in New Hanover County.  A complaint is not considered a violation until the local health department has verified it.

Brunswick County has had four complaints so far, while there is only one complaint in Pender County.

No one has registered a complaint against any business in Bladen or Columbus Counties.

The statewide ban bars smoking in most bars and restaurants in North Carolina.

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