Public Notice: New Hanover County Health & Human Services Board to consider revised rule prohibiting e-cigarettes, opens public comment

Posted July 28, 2020 at 4:19 pm     Category: News ReleasePublic HealthPublic Notice

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Notice is hereby given that, at its meeting on Tuesday, August 18, at 8 a.m., the New Hanover County Health and Human Services Board will consider the adoption of a revised rule that would prohibit the use of tobacco, including the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (e-cigarettes) in New Hanover County.

The drafted rule includes the prohibition of use of tobacco and e-cigarettes in county, town and city buildings, vehicles and grounds, as well as in public places in New Hanover County, like restaurants, bars and entertainment venues and sidewalks. This is a revised version of the rule adopted last December. Revisions include an exception to the rule in group therapeutic rehabilitation settings and an expansion further prohibiting tobacco and e-cigarette use on private sidewalks that are accessible to the public.

The public is invited to review this proposed rule and provide comments and feedback by noon on Friday, August 14. The Health and Human Services Board will review the drafted rule and comments at the August 18 meeting before voting. Residents may review the revised rule by clicking here, or obtaining a copy at the New Hanover County Health and Human Services building located at 1650 Greenfield St., Wilmington NC, 28401. Comments on the rule may be submitted online or by emailing comments@NHCgov.com with your name, address and comment.

The meeting will be held via teleconference and the public can listen to the meeting by dialing 415-655-0003 at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18. When prompted for the meeting identification number, press 808 594 284, then the pound sign (#). If favorable, the rule will move to the Board of County Commissioners for their review and approval at a subsequent regular meeting before becoming effective.

To submit public comments on other Health and Human Services related topics, please email comments@NHCgov.com with your name, address and comments by noon on Monday, August 17, to be read aloud at the meeting on August 18.

For more information, visit Health.NHCgov.com.

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