On Monday, November 16, 2020, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners voted to implement an ordinance mirroring a Health and Human Services Board rule prohibiting the use of combustible tobacco and e-cigarettes in New Hanover County, effective February 1, 2021.
Tobacco use has been one of the leading causes of preventable death and chronic disease in our country for decades. On top of that, use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices, that contain harmful products and nicotine, is increasing among our youth. Between 2011-2017, the NC Youth Tobacco Survey found that current e-cigarette use had increased by 894% in high school students and 430% in middle school students.
The new ordinance aligns the expectations of vaping with traditional cigarette smoking in most public places, and protects residents from unwanted inhalation of second hand smoke and e-cigarette vapors. Areas where smoking and vaping will be prohibited include county, town and city buildings, vehicles and grounds, and public places like restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.
Post appropriate signs reflecting both no smoking and no e-cig/vaping. Signs must be posted at each entrance to businesses covered by the law. For more information regarding sign requirements, please reference Section 6: Signage of the Ordinance. Below are some printable options.
New Hanover County Public Health will provide outdoor signs for pick up upon request.
Scholastic has launched the “Vaping’s Not My Thing” Student Challenge. Students are asked to create a poster to convince teens not to vape because of the health risks. Entries will be accepted until March 22, 2021.
Post appropriate signs reflecting both no smoking and no e-cig/vaping. For more information regarding sign requirements, please reference Section 6: Signage of the Ordinance. Below are some printable options. New Hanover County Public Health will provide outdoor signs for pick up upon request.
Remove all ashtrays and other smoke receptacles from the areas where smoking is prohibited. These areas include all government buildings, grounds, bus stops, and parks and recreation areas, including trails, athletic fields and playgrounds.
Smokefree.gov has live chat, online, text and app programs, including programs in Spanish, and programs especially for vaping women, older adults, teens, and veterans.
BecomeAnEx strives to help identify your triggers… any time, place, activity or person can trigger your desire to smoke. Once your triggers are identified, interactive resources to teach you how to deal with these urges without smoking are provided. Information is available in English and Spanish.
See a more detailed list in the Smoking & Vaping Ordinance section above or list here.
Does this ordinance apply to beaches?
Yes, this ordinance applies to beach areas and property under the control of a Town/Municipality. Property owned, leased, or maintained by the State of North Carolina, does not apply.
Does this ordinance include all forms of tobacco, including dip?
No, smokeless dip, snuff, etc. is not defined and not addressed in this ordinance. The new ordinance addresses vaping and traditional cigarette smoking to protect residents from unwanted inhalation of second hand smoke and e-cigarette vapors.
Does this apply to my personal property?
No, this ordinance does not apply to a personal residence, personal vehicles or private property.