Rep. Cullie Tarleton said restaurant owners are in favor of the ban.
Speaking on the House floor, the Watauga County Democrat said that he has a friend who owns a restaurant and bar in Blowing Rock who calls once or twice a week asking about the proposed smoking ban.
He said that, statistically speaking, four North Carolinians died today because of second-hand smoke.
He also quoted a letter from Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina.