On January 2, 2010, North Carolina bars and restaurants became smoke-free. The North Carolina Alliance for Health believes that smoke-free environment are important to public health and seeks to protect North Carolina’s current smoke-free law, and expand this law to make all North Carolina worksites and public places 100% smoke-free.

NCAH also advocates for legislation allowing local communities and community colleges to pass ordinances and regulations to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke in worksites. 

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Smoke-Free Public Housing

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a proposed rule to make the nation’s public housing properties entirely smoke-free. The proposed smoke-free rule and other materials from the Department of Public and Indian Housing can be found here. Talking points on the proposed rule can be found here.

HUD announced the final rule on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Highlights of the proposed rule can be found here. An infographic on the final rule can be found here.

Webinar Series
The NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch offered a train-the-trainer webinar series for public health staff. Recordings and presentations from the webinars are below.

*Please note that you will need to register to view the webinar.

  • October 13 – Anna Stein, JD, MPH, Legal Specialist, Chronic Disease and Injury Section, NC Division of Public Health, Preparing for HUD’s Smoke-Free Housing Rule
  • Rescheduled for December 6 – Lucretia Hoffman, MPH, MBA, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, NC Division of Public Health, Implicit Bias and Cultural Competency: Preparing to Engage Residents
  • January 12 – Cornell P. Wright, MPA, Executive Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, NC Division of Public Health, Community Engagement and Cultural Humility: How to Engage Residents
  • February 9 – Michael Scott, CHES, Network Coordinator, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Pathways to Freedom: Tailored Tobacco Cessation Resources for African Americans
  • April 7 – Tamara Atkinson, MSW, LCSW, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch, The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing: Fostering Collaboration and Support