N.C. operators at peace with smoking ban

RALEIGH N.C. North Carolina restaurateurs are embracing the state’s new smoking ban as “the best compromise we could have hoped for” because it covers all restaurants and bars. The measure also allows for smoking on patios.

The ban was signed into law by Gov. Bev Perdue on May 19 and will take effect Jan. 2, 2010. Officials of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association said they fully support the final version of the measure.

“This

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