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BURLINGTON, N.C. — The Burlington City Council on Tuesday passed an amendment to the city’s smoking ordinance.

According to the Burlington Times-News, the amendment “effectively bans smoking in businesses adjacent to restaurants beginning Dec. 1.”  The decision was unanimous.

The amendment was proposed earlier in November by interim city attorney Charles Bateman.

Before Bateman’s proposed version, city staff drafted an amendment to the ordinance focused on the spread of cigarette smoke from one building to another.  The amendment did not pass because it was “found to be too difficult to enforce,” according to the paper.

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