Smoking Ban

Local News
3:12 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Headline Roundup: UNC Academic Fraud, Smoking Ban And More

An independent investigator says athletes at UNC-Chapel Hill were encouraged to sign up for so-called “paper classes” that didn’t meet. Former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein says the academic problems in the university’s Department of African and Afro-American Studies department started in 1993 and lasted until 2011. He says an academic advisor, Deborah Crowder, graded many of the papers rather than a member of the faculty. Athletic coaches told Wainstein that they knew the classes were easy but did not know the students’ work was not being graded by a professor. Wainstein presented his findings today to the UNC Board of Trustees. The school released a statement in which Chancellor Carol Folt says UNC has been taking corrective action since the problems first came to light and that Wainstein’s findings will be used to further strengthen those processes.

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Charlotte Talks
10:01 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Proposed Smoking Ban Expansions

Fried Dough Fl

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Mecklenburg County Commission is considering two regulations. The first is a ban on smoking near government buildings. The second ordinance is a ban on all tobacco products - including e-cigarettes - on greenways and county parks. Why this push for expanding regulations on smoking products? Health director Marcus Plaescia says he wants to prevent teens from starting to smoke by making it less visible. He also wants to help smokers quit. He says 20 percent of Mecklenburg County residents are smokers. We'll be joined by him and other professionals to hear more about these proposed regulations. 

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Local News
5:04 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Sheriffs Successfully Push For E-Cigarettes In Prisons

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Governor Pat McCrory signed the last bill remaining on his desk into law Monday night. It allows jails and prisons to sell e-cigarettes to inmates. WFAE’s Ben Bradford reports North Carolina sheriffs advocated for the change.

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10:15 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Residents Express Approval For County Smoking Ban

A sampling of tobacco products on display at a county health information table. County health officials say some of the packaging is attracting young people to start smoking.
Tasnim Shamma

About two dozen residents gathered at the Mecklenburg County Government Center on Monday night for a public forum on two regulations the county is considering. The first is a ban on smoking near government buildings. The second ordinance is a ban on all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – on county parks and greenways.

For the most part, audience members were supportive. Dr. Sandra Burke is on the board of directors of the Charlotte chapter of the American Heart Association.

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