North Carolina Law Makers are making another run at a public smoking ban for the tobacco friendliest state in the union. A bill to ban public smoking passed a North Carolina legislative committee Tuesday March 3rd with bipartisan support although some Republicans balked at what they view as government meddling in the business of restaurants and bars.

In 2005 and in 2007 legislation for smoking bans were defeated in the state. This latest bill still has another committee to get through before it gets put to a vote. The bill, if ultimately passed will ban smoking in the workplace, restaurants and other public places. I was unable to find any more detailed information so I don’t know what (if any) exemptions or potential loopholes this latest ban may contain.