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Smoking ban upheld in Guilford County

By K.J. Williams

The Daily Reflector

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North Carolina's Court of Appeals decision Tuesday to uphold fines against a Greensboro bar that allowed smoking despite the state's smoking ban could affect a pending Pitt County case, a county health official said.

In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel decided that the owner of Gate City Billiards had failed to prove his argument that it was unconstitutional to allow smoking at nonprofit private clubs but not at for-profit ones. The court also decided that Gate City Billiards had failed to show that it operated as a private club and that there was a rational distinction for allowing smoking on one side of the street and not on the other, according to the state law.

Dr. John Morrow, director of the Pitt County Department of Health, told the health board at its July 12 meeting that the decision in the Guilford County case could affect the appeal filed on Morrow's behalf now pending in the court of appeals.

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