CATAWBA COUNTY 3070 11th Ave. Dr. SE - Hickory, NC 28602 - (828) 695-5800 - Fax (828) 695-4410 - TDD (828) 695-5155

Public Health Kellie Coffey, Public Information Officer Ph: 828-695-5772 Jennifer Shomaker, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Ph: 828-695-5843 Restaurant Patrons Enjoy the Smoke-Free Law As of January 2, 2010 restaurants, bars and other businesses that serve food and drink in Catawba County became smoke-free. Many health advocates and local residents are pleased that they can now enjoy a healthier dining experience. The ban is a result of a new law that prohibits smoking in all restaurants and bars across North Carolina. “The new law will help protect customers and workers from the known health hazards of secondhand smoke and may encourage more people to dine out now that doing so will be safer,” said Doug Urland, Health Director for Catawba County Public Health. Many communities around the state are hosting local events to celebrate the new law, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Bev Perdue in May 2009. Catawba County Public Health will support the American Cancer Society’s Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s in Hickory on January 16th, 2010 from 7am to 10am. High School TRU teams, (Tobacco. Reality. Unfiltered.), the teen tobacco prevention movement funded by the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund, will also assist in promoting the fundraiser. In addition to restaurant patrons, many restaurant and bar owners are excited about the new law taking affect. “There has been a positive response from local restaurant managers and staff. Many welcome the change and look forward to working in a smoke free environment,” said Jennifer Shomaker, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for Catawba County Public Health. “We have received a few questions from restaurant owners and have worked to educate them about the law.” To help provide more information to the general public and restaurant and bar owners on the smoke-free law, Catawba County Public Health has also updated their smoke-free website. The site, www.smokefreecatawba.com, provides visitors with information on topics such as the new law, how to report a violation, information for restaurant and bars owners, and second hand smoke facts. For more information about the law or to report a violation, visit www.smokefree.nc.gov or call the CARE-LINE at 1-800-662-7030. Information is also available by calling Catawba County Public Health at 828-695-5843.

“Leading the Way to a Healthier Community” www.catawbacountync.gov/phealth

CATAWBA COUNTY 3070 11th Ave. Dr. SE - Hickory, NC 28602 - (828) 695-5800 - Fax (828) 695-4410 - TDD (828) 695-5155

Public Health ABOUT TRU Tobacco. Reality. Unfiltered., commonly known as TRU, uses testimonials of real North Carolina teens as well as hard-hitting facts to dissuade teens from using tobacco. Funded at $65 million from the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund, this grassroots initiative includes the TRU media campaign, as well as a grant programs to organizations working in all 100 counties to reduce teen tobacco use. To find out more about TRU, please visit www.realityunfiltered.com. ABOUT THE NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRUST FUND The North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund makes North Carolina stronger, both physically and economically, by funding programs that promote preventive health. Created by the General Assembly in 2000 to allocate a portion of North Carolina's share of the national tobacco settlement, HWTF has invested $143 million to support preventive health initiatives and $102 million to fund prescription drug assistance programs. For more information, please visit www.healthwellnc.com.

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