On another note, NC makes/made a lot of their income on tobacco. If they ban smoking, I see no way they can make up that income by levying fines.
The money in tobacco is all in overseas markets. It's most likely the #1 export of the state of NC. The major tobacco companies have all been sued here for not warning of or trying to hide the known dangers and marketing to children. My co-worker has a large amount of Phillip Morris stock. It pays 4% dividends and has sells for $90 a share. If you watch the travel channel or house hunters abroad you will see people in far flung places without the very basics of modern life we consider essential- but what do they have? A pack of Marlboros. Every time.