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Mecklenburg County Public Health is participating in the multistate investigation of a severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette use, also known as vaping. While this investigation is ongoing, consider not using e-cigarette products. If you do use e-cigarette products and you experience symptoms like those reported in this outbreak, seek medical care promptly.
Please refer to the Center for Disease Control for the most recent numbers of cases nationally. Since the investigation began earlier this year, here are the number of cases reported as of Thursday, November 26:
Regardless of the ongoing investigation, Mecklenburg County Public Health and state and federal public health partners are reminding residents of the following recommendations:
Youth and young adults should not use e-cigarette products.
Women who are pregnant should not use e-cigarette products.
Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette products.
If you do use e-cigarette products, you should not buy these products off the street (for example, e-cigarette products with THC or other cannabinoids).
You should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
Adult smokers who are attempting to quit should use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved medications. If you need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your doctor or call the North Carolina Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or consult the website at: https://www.quitlinenc.com/.
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If you identify a signage or enforcement issue regarding Mecklenburg County's Smoke-Free Government Grounds Board of Health Rule or Tobacco-Free Parks County Ordinance, or if you would like to share a comment about the impact of these health-related laws, please email us. Thank you for your feedback!
New Prevention Posters are now available through the Center for Tobacco Products Exchange Lab.
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Both laws become effective March 18, 2015:
30 second video about both regulations.
Breathe Freely Banner in Charlotte, 2015
Watch the massive banner being raised!
All government owned buildings, vehicles and property (grounds) are smoke-free in Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, the CATS transit system and in the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville. This is a Mecklenburg County Board of Health Rule.
All Mecklenburg County owned parks, greenways and park property are tobacco-free. Exceptions include the county golf courses and some regional parks. This is a Mecklenburg County Ordinance. For More Information:TobaccoFreeMeck.Org
The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners approved with an 8-1 vote on October 21st a Board of Health Rule for Smoke-Free Government Grounds and a County Ordinance for Tobacco-Free Parks for County owned parks. The Commissioners -- acting as the Board of Health -- passed the Board of Health Rule prohibiting smoking in all County/Municipal - owned buildings in Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and six towns, as well as any City, County or Town vehicles, grounds, parks, greenways, or parklands. A separate County ordinance also passed that makes Mecklenburg County parks and parklands tobacco-free. The tobacco-free designation includes e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, hookah pipes etc. as well as cigarettes.
Exceptions to both the rule and ordinance include the county's 6 golf courses and 18 regional county-owned parks. Three of these 18 regional parks - Reedy Creek, Freedom Park and Matthews Sportsplex will be tobacco-free during special events such as concerts, festivals, sports tournaments and other large gatherings.
Infographic describing county parks system
Mecklenburg County regulations approved by the Board of County Commission on October 21, 2014:
Board of Health Rule for Smoke-Free Government GroundsCounty Ordinance for Tobacco-Free ParksFrequently Asked Questions about the two new regulations (includes list of park exemptions)
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