The reminders of Durham’s tobacco history are all around the Bull City with names such as Brightleaf, Liggett & Myers and Lucky Strike.
But as awareness of the dangers of cigarette smoke and second-hand smoke spreads, that history is fading.
“I’m old enough to remember when people smoked in grocery stores and shopping centers and those kinds of things,” Durham County Health Director Gayle Harris said Wednesday.
That all changed in 1993 when leaders passed a smoking ordinance limiting where smokers could smoke in public. The restrictions were tightened even more several years ago when a state law went into effect, banning smoking in restaurants.