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Mecklenburg smoking ban vote delayed

Mecklenburg County commissioners delayed their vote on two smoking ban ordinances that had been scheduled for next Wednesday’s regular meeting.

After hearing concerns from officials of the county’s seven municipalities, commissioners decided they needed to hear more input from the towns. A new vote has not been set.

If approved, the ordinances would ban smoking on the grounds of all government buildings, including those owned by the towns, and ban all tobacco use at county-owned parks, greenways and golf courses.

Since commissioners comprise Mecklenburg’s health board, they have the authority to regulate all government buildings in the county.

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