With Governor Beverly Perdue’s signature today, Session Law 2009-27 prohibits smoking in restaurants and bars beginning on January 1, 2010. To the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Perdue, I thank you, my wife thanks you, and most importantly, my children thank you. The fiction of a non-smoking sections, when they’re adjacent to the cloud of cigarette smoke, will soon be over. I can eat my meal without worrying about the smell of my clothes or the watering of my eyes or what the smoke is doing to my kids’ lungs. Some say this will be the beginning of the end for bars, but this now makes me want to hit them more often! I never thought I’d see the day when this happened in North Carolina — aka Tobacco Road. Simply amazing.