Most of Michigans workplaces, restaurants, and bars became smokefree on May 1, 2010!
On December 10, 2009 the state legislature passed the bill, and Governor Jennifer Granholm signed it on December 18th at the Michigan Brewing Company in Lansing. Congratulations to all the individuals, organizations, and policymaker champions that helped achieve this public health victory.
Information about the law:
Visit the MI Department of Health's webpage: www.michigan.gov/smokefreelaw
or call 866-59-SMOKE. You can also check out the Michigan Campaign for Smokefree
Air's webpage: http://www.makemiairsmokefree.com/.
The law will be entitled the "Dr. Ron Davis Act" - a fitting tribute for ANR's dear friend and colleague Ronald (Ron) Davis, MD, who passed away November 6, 2008 after a courageous 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Ron had an illustrious career in medicine and public health. He served as the director of the Centers for Disease Controls Office on Smoking and Health (1987-1991), was the President of the American Medical Association (20072008), and served as Chief Medical Officer for the Michigan Department of Public Health. His most recent position was as Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. Ron was a member of Americans for Nonsmokers Rights since 1992 and was a wonderful partner in the effort to bring smokefree air to Michigan. Everyone at ANR misses Ron dearly -- we keep his passion and enthusiasm for improving public health in our hearts as we continue to work toward a smokefree society.
The job to protect ALL workers is not over yet!
Unfortunately, casino floors were exempted from the law due to politics and gaming industry lobbyists. The law is a major, historic step forward and will protect the health of millions in Michigan, but its important to remember that our job is not done yet because it still leaves behind the people MOST exposed to secondhand smoke and MOST in need of a law to ensure clean air in the workplace. Casino workers should not have to die from toxic air in their workplace.
Michigan law preempts local governments from enacting smoking restrictions in restaurants and bars, due to a 2001 ruling by a Michigan appeals court based on Marquette's law. Many cities and counties have smokefree laws in effect to the extent permitted under preemption (meaning these local laws cover non-hospitality worksites like factories, offices, and government buildings. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Michigan.
2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 1/9/2013 - 12/31/2014 (Est.)
State Quitline Number: 1-800-537-5666
American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)
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ordinance could lead to smoke-free Ann Arbor parks and public spaces
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considers tobacco free initiative logos
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Henry Ford Health System supports CVS ban on tobacco ...
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council to consider new smoking restrictions
the Daily: Clearing the air
of proposed outdoor smoking law in Ann Arbor: 'My goal in this is not
to be punitive
County health officer says electronic cigarette industry targets young
weigh in on WMU as a smoke-free campus
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commission buildings to be non-smoking ($$)
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County Commissioners to look into feasibility of banning ...
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banned near playground
says no to smoking in park
Failure to fund tobacco prevention costs lives
Michigan University to go tobacco free
campus proposal presented
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County Health Department recognized for its work to ...
THE EDITOR: State shouldn't backtrack on smoke-free workplace rules
considers restricting electronic cigarette sales, but health advocates
dont like proposals
of Trustees to discuss tobacco-free policy, 2014-15 apartment rates
Board of Trustees: Tobacco-free campus, president's ...
spreads word of tobacco-free survey
sponsors seminars by tobacco control expert
NMU campus go tobacco free?
Tobacce-free policy meddlesome
University To Ban Smoking, Tobacco From Campus
Representative to Introduce No Smoking in Vehicles Bill
smoking ordinance could make Ann Arbor parks smoke-free
Reduction Coalition annual meeting set for Monday
Senate votes to increase fines for selling tobacco to minors ...
council sends tobacco and e-cigarettes up in smoke
Smoke: A look at OU's Non-Smoking Policy
Paek, H.J.; Hove, T.; Oh, H.J., "Multilevel analysis of the impact of school-level tobacco policies on adolescent smoking: the case of Michigan," Journal of School Health 83(10): 679-689, October 2013.
In efforts to curb and prevent youth smoking, school tobacco policies have become an important and effective strategy. This study explores the degrees and types of tobacco-free school policy (TFSP) enforcement that are associated with adolescent smoking. ... This study theoretically and methodologically guides researchers to test TFSP effectiveness in other states. Three strategic implications emerge: (1) schools should provide a consistent antismoking message in smoke-free environments; (2) schools should integrate TFSP into a comprehensive tobacco control initiative, including community-wide tobacco control programs and messages; and (3) the way a specific TFSP is promoted and communicated could determine how effective it is.
tobacco-free policy extends to campus visitors
bans smoking in three parks; considering city-wide ban
smoking ban in county parks gets approval by just one vote
readers divided on change to Michigan's smoke-free law
Council Reviews Non-Smoking Petition
Bay City, Saginaw bars, will, others won't lessen smoking restrictions
on oudoor patios
Bans in Michigan are Here to Stay
tries to be clearer about smoking ban on restaurant, bar ...
city's ordinance restricts medical marijuana use in homes
Talk of easing Michigan smoking ban ignites debate
Michigan, Lansing Mayor Endorses Marijuana Legalization Initiative
Association To No Longer Fight Smoking Ban
smoking policy is a pain in the ashtray
More Colleges and Universities Tobacco-Free
University goes tobacco free
marijuana ordinance in Jackson fails the clear-and-sensible ...
Twp. cited for smoke-free park
Meets Lowbrow at the MGM Grand Detroit
cigarettes banned from RU schools
Council Rescinds Smoking Ban at Oakwood Hospital
moratorium is not necessary
smoke-free park in Marquette county
Health Center of Branch County institutes smoking ban for employees
Council moves toward lifting smoking ban within 100 ...
Council moves toward lifting smoking ban within 100 ...
Bloomfield, Southfield look to regulate smoking lounges
Grant Group Will Celebrate City's Tobacco-free Parks
declines after UM campus ban
ordinance prohibits smoking within 100 feet of county buildings
County smoking ban approved: County ordinance will prohibit smoking
within 100 feet of doors, windows of city buildings
resident joins CDC anti-smoking campaign
County moves step closer to outdoor smoking ban
groups work together to raise health awareness on Earth Day
would allow some easing of Michigan's smoking ban
bill would weaken Michigan's smoking ban
What do you think about Michigans smoking ban? Does it go too far? One state lawmaker is saying yes. Representative Douglas Geiss of Taylor believes exceptions should be made for private clubs and VFW halls. He's introduced a bill that would allow smoking to ...
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smoking ban goes too far, lawmaker says
LANSING, MI -- Rep. Doug Geiss isn't giving up on his fight to carve out some exemptions to Michigan's smoking ban.
ponders smoke-free campus
Winds Casino Dowagiac to open on April 30
County eyes outdoor smoking ban
Will Be Banned on OU Campus This Fall
Department of Community Health encourages schools to adopt smoke-free
Lansing rental properties going smoke-free
Second-hand smoke especially dangerous to kids
views on a smoking ban in Grand Rapids city parks
Grand Rapids ban smoking, tobacco from city parks?
Kuiper, N.M.; Frantz, K.E.; Cotant, M.; Babb, S.; Jordan, J.; Phelan, M., "Newspaper coverage of implementation of the Michigan smoke-free law: lessons learned," Health Promotion Practice [Epub ahead of print], February 28, 2013.
Objective. To examine whether newspaper coverage of the Michigan smoke-free
law was favorable or hostile, contained positive messages that had been
disseminated by public health groups, contained negative messages, and
differed across regions. Method. Articles about the smoke-free law in
print or online editions of Michigan newspapers the month immediately
before and after the law took effect were identified and were coded
for tone, positive messages contained in media outreach materials, and
negative messages commonly disseminated by smoke-free law opponents.
Results. A total of 303 print and online articles were identified; the
majority were coded as "both positive and negative" (34%)
or "mainly positive" in tone (32%). Of 303 articles, 75% contained
at least one pro-law message and 56% contained at least one anti-law
message. The most common pro-law messages were information about enforcement
of the law (52%) and the benefits of smoke-free air (48%); the most
common anti-law messages were about potential negative economic impact
(36%), government intrusion/overreach (31%), and difficulties with enforcement
(28%). Conclusions. Public health departments and partners play an important
role in implementation of smoke-free laws by providing the public, businesses,
and other stakeholders with clear and accurate rationale, provisions,
and impacts of these policies.
ban fizzles out after dark
Form of Cigarette Banned at Trenton Public Schools
Electronic cigarettes contain a mechanism that heats up liquid nicotine,
which turns ... The carrying by a person of a lighted cigar, cigarette,
pipe, or other lighted ...
Bay Region was first McLaren campus to go smoke free
City Hearing on Oakwood Smoking Ban Set for Thursday
commission turns down no-smoking in parks ordinance ($$)
remain for proposed smoking ban
holds public hearing on tobacco ban today
Ottawa County campuses become smoke free
campus proposal rejected
Looks to End Ordinance Driving Smokers Into Neighborhoods Near Hospital
smoking ban passed
ifs, ands or butts: OU moving toward a smoke-free campus
campuses, indoors and out, can save businesses ...
'kick butts' and push for smoke-free parks
may ban smoking on all city property
Wilson, T.; Shamo, F.; Boynton, K.; Kiley, J., "The impact of Michigan's Dr Ron Davis smoke-free air law on levels of cotinine, tobacco-specific lung carcinogen and severity of self-reported respiratory symptoms among non-smoking bar employees," Tobacco Control 21(6): 593-595, November 1, 2012.
Conclusions The reduction in the SHS biomarkers cotinine and NNAL and reported improvement in respiratory health demonstrates that the Michigan smoke-free workplace law is protecting bar employee health.
gun? Study shows little impact from smoking ban, but trade group pushes
will use survey results in attempt to sway city, county to ban ...
The results are in. Preliminary results of a survey the Jackson Tobacco Reduction Coalition conducted shows that 86 percent of those who participated think children should not be exposed to second-hand smoke where they play or at sporting events. Members of the Jackson Tobacco Reduction Coalition are hoping results of a community survey will help influence the city to create a smoking ban in city parks.
To Michigan's Smoking Ban Dismissed
LANSING (WTVB) - The Michigan Court of Appeals has dismissed a Warren bar owner's lawsuit challenging the state's smoking ban. The appellate court ruled ...
smoking ban fight to continue
bar owner loses challenge to smoking ban
of the Day: Should Jackson public schools ban e ...
to see smoking ban's positive impact on community
to economic impact of smoke-free air law study
to revisit proposed smoking ban outside...
looks at smoking ban effects
U-M study finds smoking ban has not killed the bottom line if bars,
praised for taking lead as smoke-free campus
officials say campus-wide smoking ban making some progress ...
Marina Haque, 18, a sophomore biology major, said when the smoking ban was ... Electronic cigarettes are not banned on campus, but are at the U-M Health ...
initiative to ban smoking on campuses announced at U-M
An initiative to ban tobacco on college campuses nationwide will be announced Wednesday at an event held by the University of Michigan. ...
holds off on smoking ordinance, advances utility projects
to host event at which HHS, education leaders will call for ...
More than a year after the University of Michigan became smoke-free,
the Ann Arbor campus will host an event during which leaders from the
U.S. Department of ...
Mayor Jim Fouts Pretends To Ban Smoking Near City ...
mayor, judge hot over No Smoking signs
banned near public buildings in Warren
bans smoking at parks and beaches
City bans beach smoking
Brooks Patterson's condition upgraded to stable
Oakland Community College will institute a smoking ban on its five
county campuses beginning Sept. 1. The prohibition, passed by OCC's
Board of Trustees at ...
smoking ban blamed for 'killing' Belding's last bar
City may outlaw smoking on beach
Wilson, T.; Shamo, F.; Boynton, K.; Kiley, J., "The impact of Michigan's Dr Ron Davis Smoke-free Air Law on levels of cotinine, tobacco-specific lung carcinogen and severity of self-reported respiratory symptoms among non-smoking bar employees," Tobacco Control [Epub ahead of print], June 15, 2012.
Results: There was a significant decrease in the mean cotinine levels from 35.9 ng/ml to a non-quantifiable value (p<0.001), and there was a significant reduction in the mean NNAL level from 0.086 pmol/ml to 0.034 pmol/ml (p<0.001) 2 months after implementation of the law. There was also a significant improvement in all six self-reported respiratory symptoms (p<0.001) and general health status (p<0.001).
Conclusions: The reduction in the SHS biomarkers cotinine and
NNAL and reported improvement in respiratory health demonstrates that
the Michigan smoke-free workplace law is protecting bar employee health.
smoking save Detroit's casinos from new Ohio competition?
Smoking may help Detroit casinos fend off competition to the south
from new gambling halls in Ohio, an expert says.
Kewadin Casino restaurants going smoke-free
The Dream Catchers Restaurant in Sault Ste. Marie, along with two other
Kewadin Casinos eateries, will soon be going smoke-free.
Casino in Toledo betting on luring Michigan visitors
Toledo Officials at Hollywood Casino here said Monday that they
hope to lure Metro Detroiters to Toledo with incentives, a smoke-free
environment, and the glitz and glamour of a new $320 million gambling
facility. Hollywood Casino Toledo previewed its 125,000-square-foot
casino eight days ahead of its much-anticipated opening on May 29.
Toledo's casino, like the Caesars Windsor casino, will be smoke-free, a key reason metro Detroiters who patronize the MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity and ...
We don't have an argument with the science behind Michigan's smoking
ban; we ... Gambling floors at Detroit's three casinos are exempt, as
are tribal casinos. ... that they are competing on an uneven playing
field with Firekeepers Casino.
Smoke Free Air Law good for state
departments take a stand?
Branch County Commissioner Dale Swift thinks local health department
boards need to take a stand against changes in the states anti-smoking
Gunn: We need a compromise on the smoking ban in bars
Two years ago, Michigan bar owners begged state lawmakers to rethink the pending smoking ban, claiming it would put a huge dent in their business.
roundup of recent Michigan newspaper editorials
smoking ban necessary to protect health of employees ...
I hated when I would go into a restaurant and ask for a non-smoking
table, and they try to sit me 5 feet away from a smoker just because
there is this ...
Hands down, most people agree that the smoking ban in public places
is a good thing ... Leave the ban in place. In fact, strengthen it by
banning folks from ...
Two years ago, Michigan approved of a statewide smoking ban that prohibited lighting up in public places. But that hasn't stopped some lawmakers, ...
bars and restaurants be exempt from Michigan's smoking ban ...
I say let the owners decide, and non-smokers want a non-smoking
bar, choose one that DECIDES to be one, not forced. To the
bars who want to cater to non ...
ban effects, good and bad, still felt by Jackson-area bar ...
JACKSON, MI Michigan's smoking ban has created such a burden
for Jackson bar owner Dave Johnson that he wants to get out of the bar
DETROIT (WWJ) - Its been two years since Michiganders have been
able to smoke in the states bars and restaurants, but there are
efforts to expand those who are free of the states smoking ban.
ban debate ignites: Lawmakers look to add amendment to law
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Some state lawmakers are trying to burn holes
in Michigan's two-year-old smoking ban, which has cleared the air in
public places and enjoyed public support but contributed to cash-flow
problems at some bars.
It made Michigan the 38th state to enact
some sort of smoke-free law. The law comes with some notable loopholes.
Gambling floors at Detroit's three casinos ...
VIDEO: Careless disposal of butts may ban smokers from Marine City beach
(Photo by JERI PACKER) Marine City may have the first smoke-free beach
in the county. St. Clair County Health Department representatives paid
a visit to the ...
Senate adds exemption to workplace smoking ban
Organizers have been trying to find away around the smoking ban since
2010. Right now, the only exceptions to the smoking ban are the casinos
in Detroit and ...
Ypsilanti Housing Commission employee received vacation ...
ands and butts
Expect smoking at the proposed Kewadin Lansing casino. Banning it would
have been a deal killer. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
would have felt singled out and at a disadvantage with the only smoke-free
casino in Michigan, those close to the negotiations said.
at least one nationwide group has launched an effort to get all casinos
tribal and commercial to go smoke-free. Cynthia Hallett,
executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, said that
the general common sense argument is: All workers deserve a smoke-free
place. The Bernero administration projects 1,500 permanent jobs
will stem from the casino, if it happens. Hallett disputes claims that
being smoke-free would deter potential visitors. Weather and the
price of gas is what is deterring them from going to the casino,
she said, adding a bad economy to the list.
Wednesday, March 28 - This weeks guests are Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero,
Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights,
and Roger Martin and Martin Waymire of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe to
discuss smoking in the pending Kewadin casino; Jonas Greenberg, co-star
of the play "Next Fall"; and Jamie McAloon-Lampman, executive
director of the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter, on the 6th
annual Humanitarian Awards.
casino would be exempt from state smoking ban
By Angela Wittrock | email@example.com J. SCOTT PARK | MLive Media
Group The Kewadin Lansing casino would be attached to the Lansing Center.
In addition to offering on-site gaming beyond the lottery games
currently placed in bars, the tribally-owned casino would be exempt
from Michigan's smoking ban, making it the only facility in the city
where one could have a cigarette with their drink.
Chippewa County, Mich. In recognition of Kick Butts Day on March
21, the Chippewa County Health Department, the Sault Tribe Community
Transformation Gant Project, and the Sault Tribe Community Health Program,
partners of the Chippewa County Tobacco-Free Living Coalition are teaming
up to highlight tobacco-free parks policies in Chippewa County and the
Sault Tribe seven county service area. ...
Housing Commission to ban smoking in its units
The Ypsilanti Housing Commission will soon institute a smoking ban in its units. The new policy is an effort by the YHC to improve health and safety ...
lounges see pickup in business
According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, as of Jan. 2, at least 648 campuses across the country are entirely smoke free, including 19 colleges and universities in Michigan. ...
Housing commission's smoke-free policy to be in place ...
This policy is about protecting our residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke. It does not prohibit an individual from smoking, it just requires him ...
smoking ban pinches bars
A new state report found that sales in bars that serve food declined
in the first year of Michigan's smoking ban, but doesn't shed light
on whether more people are smoking and drinking at home, state Department
of Treasury officials said.
huts being removed
Muskegon Township officials are giving six business owners until noon
Friday to remove the small enclosed areas they put up for customers
to smoke in. The structures vary in size from one that looks like a
old bus stop shelter to another typically used as a carport. Most often
they can be found on the property of a small bar or restaurant. ...
mull smoking ban on county property
smoking ban cuts indoor air pollution 93 percent
Ban clears indoor air
LANSING -- Michigan's 18-month-old ban on smoking in restaurants is
allowing Michigan patrons to breathe cleaner air, ...
EASIER IN KENT COUNTY RESTAURANTS: New Study Finds Smoke Free Law Reduced
Unhealthy Air Quality (PDF)
More tangible benefits of the Smoke Free Air Law have been discovered: air monitoring studies, conducted before and after the law took effect, show a 93% reduction in the level of pollutants in Kent County restaurants. These pollutants, often referred to as secondhand smoke, can cause adverse health effects.
Study Finds State's Smoke Free Law Has Beneficial Health Impact
Results from an air monitoring study conducted before and after Michigan's Dr. Ron Davis Smoke Free Air Law took effect indicate a 93 percent reduction in the level of secondhand smoke air pollutants in restaurants after the law went into effect. ...
ban found to improve air quality in restaurants ...
"Long-term, it means they are breathing better air," she said. "The laws are working to keep people healthy."...
four years of fresher air and healthier Minnesotans, the ...
For four years now we have enjoyed smoke-free air at work and play thanks to the Freedom to Breathe Act. It's hard to remember a time when we had to think ...
Repace, J.L., "Air quality in Michigan restaurants & casinos
before and after Michigan's Dr. Ron Davis State Smoke-Free Law,"
Bowie, MD: Repace Associates, Inc.;Lansing, MI: Michigan Department
Of Community Health, September 14, 2011.
This report by Repace Associates, Inc. and the Michigan Department
Of Community Health, Tobacco Section concluded that Michigan's Dr. Ron
Davis Smoke-free Air Law succeeded in reducing geometric mean levels
of harmful secondhand smoke fine particle air pollution (PM2.5) by 92
percent for a 78-restaurant sample of hospitality establishments. Prior
to the law, 85 percent of restaurants had poor to dangerous air quality
standards. Casinos, which are not a part of the law, had unhealthy air
before and after implementation.
beaches may go non-smoking under new plan
ban compliance report
banned from Michigan bars
Rep. Doug Geiss to Metro Detroit bar owners: Time to revisit ...
to hear smoking ban concerns
His concerns and others from bar owners, employees, vendors, distributors
and entertainers will be heard Monday by state Rep. Douglas Geiss and
Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood. The Taylor Democrats supported the ban, but
Geiss said he has reintroduced an amendment that would allow for separate
vented smoking rooms. He said language from his bill and language that
would allow for patio smoking was introduced in the Senate. He hopes
hearings will be held in the fall. ...
after smoking ban, new study indicates air-quality in Kalamazoo ...
ban makes little sense
legislation to be introduced to amend Smoke-Free Air Law
department conducts air quality tests
looks for input on smoking ban
Repace, J.L., "Air quality in Ann Arbor restaurants: before and after Michigan's Dr. Ron Davis State Smoke-free Law," Bowie, MD: Repace Associates, Inc.;Lansing, MI: Michigan Department Of Community Health, Tobacco Section, June 14, 2011.
Six Ann Arbor restaurant venues were monitored for particulate matter
(PM2.5) in February 2005 and 2006, prior to implementation of Michigan's
clean indoor air law, and again in April, 2011, after implementation,
which was May 1, 2010. The law was responsible for a drop in PM2.5 of
about 76 percent to 93 percent. Post-law restaurant means for all six
venues tested in the city ranged from from 8.2 to 27.9 µg/m3,
and averaged 15.9 µg/m3 (median 15.7 µg/m3). Sampling periods
ranged from 31 to 49 minutes.
up at University of Michigan about to get harder
U-M will be the first major university in the state to ban smoking on its campus, including in popular open spaces such as the Diag -- the university's version of Central Park. ...
shut for night after official sees smoking
shows secondhand smoke exposure decrease for Michigan bar employees
A study of 40 Michigan bar employees revealed their exposure to secondhand smoke was nearly nonexistent 10 weeks after the smoke-free air law took effect in May 2010. ...
Repace, J.L., "Air quality in Detroit casinos: before and After Michigan's Dr. Ron Davis State Smoke-free Law," Bowie, MD: Repace Associates, Inc.; Lansing, MI: Michigan Department Of Community Health, Tobacco Section, May 27, 2011.
Three Detroit, Michigan, casinos were monitored for particulate matter (PM2.5) in April 2009, prior to implementation of Michigan's clean indoor air law, and again in May 2011, after implementation, which was May 1, 2010. Casinos were exempt from the law. Secondhand smoke in the three Detroit casinos rose to unhealthy levels both pre and post implementation. Air quality in Detroit casinos remains more polluted than 73 percent of the 91 casinos which permit smoking measured in the US. Air quality in Detroit casinos was 29 times as polluted with PM2.5 as three smokefree casinos in California, Nevada, and Delaware.
Repace, J.L., "Air quality in Detroit restaurants: before and After Michigan's Dr. Ron Davis State Smoke-free Law," Bowie, MD: Repace Associates, Inc.;Lansing, MI: Michigan Department Of Community Health, Tobacco Section, May 26, 2011.
Six Detroit, Michigan, restaurants were monitored for particulate matter (PM2.5) in January 2007 prior to implementation of Michigan's clean indoor air law, and again in May 2011, after implementation. Median PM2.5 in the six venues fell 93 percent, indicating that the vast majority of indoor pollution in five of the six venues was from secondhand smoke. The one venue with increased PM2.5 served flaming dishes.
smoking ban popular, compliance high, studies say
clears on Cadillac smoking ban
Opinions expressed at a public hearing on banning smoking in Cadillac
park and beach areas led the council to table a decision on a ban in
some outdoor public areas and instead seek a compromise. ...
Rick Jones advocates for smoking rooms in bars
employees healthier in year since Michigan banned smoking in bars and
restaurants, study finds
of Michigan cotinine study* results: April 2011 (PDF)
This paper summarized the results of a study that measured biomarkers
of secondhand smoke exposure among 40 bar employees in Michigan before
and after the implementation of the state's smokefree air law. The study
also assessed the self-reports of respiratory symptoms among the employees
pre- and post-law. Cotinine levels and reports of respiratory symptoms
declined after the law took effect.
areas affected by smoking ban
says parts of Mich. smoking ban 'confusing,' denies bid to declare it
clears the air on cigar bar plan
shows surprising feedback on smoke-free law
- Smoking ban, one year later
bar owner sues, challenging smoking law
Michigan's smoking ban too effect, sales of Keno tickets at bars and
Undercover Investigation: Smoking Ban Violators
The smoking ban went into effect May 1, but that's not stopping some
In December, the Michigan Department of Treasury released results from its report, The Early Impact of Michigans Smoking Ban, with preliminary results of Michigans smokefree air law on the states businesses, including restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The report, prepared by the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis, states that There is no clear trend from the sales or withholding tax collections from other retail eating and drinking establishments that would indicate the smoking ban has adversely affected these businesses. ...
Impact of Michigan's Smoking Ban 2010
Club restaurant opens smoking room in apparent violation of state law
The Hunt Club in Jackson has established a smoking room in its restaurant in what appears to be a violation of state law.
Monday afternoon, customers were smoking inside the room, and there are several signs welcoming patrons to the restaurants new smoking room and offering half off drink specials during happy hour in support of it.
The sign says patrons must be 21 to enter the room, and to keep the
door to the room closed at all times. ...
campuses going smoke-free July 1
First it was the Big House. Now, the University of Michigan's three campuses will be smoke-free beginning on July 1, making it the state's first public university to ban smoking tobacco on its grounds.
President Mary Sue Coleman has approved the final report for implementation of the new policy, which includes its campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint, university officials announced today.
The no-smoking policy will include dorms, building and grounds, including
sidewalks. Also in the smoke-free ban will be parking structures and
surface lots. ...
poll reports most Michigan businesses complying with smoking ban
A new poll released by the Michigan Department of Community Health
reports that most Michigan businesses are complying with the new state-wide
smoking ban. ...
Housing Commission institutes smoking ban
As of Jan. 20, residents of the Hillsdale County Housing Commission will no longer be able to smoke on the grounds outside the apartment complex.
According to the policys grandfather clause, current residents can still smoke inside their apartments. However, new tenants will not be able to smoke inside or on the grounds. In addition, people who visit them will not be allowed to smoke.
Kelley Mapes, health educator with the Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph
Health Department, said she expects other housing commissions in the
state to follow suit with Hillsdales new policy ...
owners, consumers clear the air on effects of smokefree law
A recent survey of 6,900 Michigan residents by the state Department of Community Health found that more than 70 percent of those questioned supported the smokefree air law which prohibits smoking in all public restaurants and bars since May 1, 2010. That's a 4 percent increase over the previous year.
"Of course, we're extremely pleased," said Melissa DiPirro, designated youth tobacco use representative for Fraser-based CARE, a nonprofit agency promoting individual and family empowerment. "It shows that the majority of people in this state recognize the value of the legislation and support the changes necessary to improve overall health."
More than 85 percent of survey participants said they dined out just as much or more than they did before Michigan's smokefree air law took effect, and more than 80 percent agreed that secondhand smoke presented a serious health threat to non-smokers ...
'compliant' with smoking law
Leelanau County was among 59 counties in Michigan where volunteers conducted a survey to determine whether business owners were complying with the states new Smoke Free Air Law in August 2010, three months after the law was implemented.
Statewide, a sample of 964 establishments were randomly selected and
visited by volunteers working through local health departments. Of those,
a total of six restaurants and one bar in Leelanau County were surveyed.
sneak around the smoking ban
PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Once the statewide smoking ban took effect in May, most typically smoky bars emptied out, business owners told 24 Hour News 8.
So, some establishments set out to accommodate their patrons who still smoke, by creating patios where people are able to light up.
Cheers, on Plainfield Avenue, is one of those bars to invent a new type of patio.
Some block against just the wind, and others, 24 Hour News 8 found on Thursday, are heated -- even equipped with radios and TVs.
But is it legal? ...
lottery sales down after May 1
A state report claims liquor, cigarette and lottery-ticket sales in bars and restaurants declined for at least the first three months after the state's smoking ban took effect May 1.
The report, compiled by the state Department of Treasury, doesn't take into account the rocky state economy or a variety of industry benchmarks, restaurant and bar industry experts said. In other words, the report doesn't lead to a conclusion about whether smokers are staying home or if Michiganders simply have less disposable income to go out.
The report, issued in December, bases its findings primarily on sales-tax revenue from bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and taverns.
After the smoking ban took effect, sales of liquor for "on-premise consumption" declined by 3.1 percent from May to August after the ban took effect compared to sales in 2009, while sales for "off-premise consumption" increased by 0.5 percent, the report states.
The report also states sales of Club Keno and pull-tab lottery tickets have decreased since the ban took effect.
Year-to-year Club game sales for October 2009 through April 2010, prior to the ban, were up 0.3 percent, and year-to-year sales down 13.7 percent from May through September, the report states.
Reliable conclusions about the smoking ban can't be realized through a sales-tax analysis, said Andy Deloney, public affairs director for the Michigan Restaurant Association.
The report's bar and restaurant data are from all establishments statewide, figures Deloney said rarely decline in Michigan on an annual basis.
"In our opinion, it's not exact," he said ...
data finds smoking ban positive
A New Year's Eve protest over the state's May 1, 2010, smoking ban should not sway lawmakers or citizens. Michigan must not back away from a law that makes workplaces safer and that will eventually help reduce the negative costs of smoking for everyone.
A vocal protest group, Protect Private Property Rights in Michigan, is arguing loudly that bar and tavern owners should be allowed to set their own policies regarding smoking based on market preferences.
Letting the market dictate success and failure of businesses is a fundamental principal of the American economy. But there are exceptions, and one of those involves safety and public health. Bars, for example, have to comply with fire codes that control the size of crowds as a safety issue. Make no mistake, smoking is a safety issue. A September report from the Centers for Disease Control showed that 90 million nonsmoking Americans are exposed to second-hand smoke. Smoking remains the No. 1 cause of preventable deaths in the United States and smoking-related illnesses cost the country $96 billion in lost productivity every year, including $4 billion in Michigan ...
tavern loses bid to defy state's public smoking ban
An Upper Peninsula judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed by a Baraga American Legion post seeking to bar enforcement of Michigan's ban on smoking in its Baraga tavern.
Baraga County Circuit Judge Charles Goodman, in an opinion issued two
days before Christmas, denied a request by the Foucault-Funke Post 444
to declare its premises not subject to the law under the casino exemption,
because its patrons play pull tab games. ...
interest of public health, Detroit may ban smoking in public housing
On Dec. 16, an administrator overseeing the Detroit Housing Commission
will decide whether to ban smoking in its more than 4,000 public housing
units -- from multiple-dwelling high-rises to single-family homes.Authorities
elsewhere have found that it's cheaper to clean and turn over units
belonging to nonsmokers. But health concerns over secondhand smoke drove
the decision, said Herticene Hardaway, general counsel for the commission."Especially
if you live in a high-rise, if you have to live with people on top of
you and beside you, and you have a neighbor who is going to smoke, you're
unfortunately going to catch some of that smoke," she said. ...
smoking ban must be protected
Michigan lawmakers must stand firm in protecting the state's smoking ban.
The ban, which went into effect May 1, already is under attack by opportunists who hope the change in political control at the state Capitol will give them a chance to weaken the law.
That would be a mistake.
Michigan's law bans smoking in all workplaces, restaurants and bars and enclosed public places such as shopping malls, arenas and health facilities.
Smoking is allowed on the gaming floors of Detroit casinos, and at
cigar bars and tobacco shops that qualify under the rules ...
leader: State smoking ban drops sales at restaurants, bars by 20 percent
CARROLLTON TWP. A Michigan Licensed Beverage Association survey suggesting the state smoking ban has taken a heavy economic toll on many bars and restaurants jibes with one Carrollton Township bar owner's fear her bar could close as a result of the ban.
The Lansing-based association conducted a survey among its members
that shows, from the day the ban took effect in May until July, overall
sales at those establishments dropped 20.6 percent compared to the same
period in 2009, an MLBA statement reads. ...
charity gaming feeling burned by smoking ban
Some charities say their bingo winnings are going up in smoke.
Attendance and revenue at bingo parlors and charity card games fell about 25% in the most recent quarter, and some organizers blame the state's smoking ban, which took effect May 1.
"It's killing bars and restaurants," said Duane Owens of FL.com, a company that manages poker rooms. "The revenue from poker is determined by how many people you get in your establishment. Less people means less players and less revenue."
It's also being felt by the charities -- from Little League teams to
marching bands to Lions Clubs -- that sponsor the events. Statewide,
charity gaming revenue for the third quarter of 2010 was $45.5 million,
down from $61.8 million for the same quarter in 2009, according to figures
from the Michigan Lottery. ...
assess Michigan's smoking ban
NILES How is Michigan's statewide smoking ban going for businesses since it was enacted six months ago?
Businesses are reporting differing results.
"We have seen an overall increase in business," said Jeremy Bayles, owner of Wings Etc. Restaurant and Pub in Niles.
"I didn't think it would hurt our sales, and it helps when I can say the state of Michigan has made the decision. It makes it easier for the smokers to comply." ...
[n.a.], "Michigan Tobacco Prevention and Control Program compliance with the Smoke-free Air Law in Michigan after six months of implementation: statewide report," Lansing, MI: Michigan Department of Community Health, November 2010.
This Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) survey found that
six months after implementation of Michigan's Smoke-free Air Law, there
was exceptionally high compliance among restaurants, bars, and bowling
alleys. The MDCH surveyed a total of 731 restaurants, 201 bars, and
86 bowling alleys at three and six months post implementation of the
law. The MDCH found there was no smoking observed 97.3 percent of the
venues it checked at six months compared to only 2.7 percent where smoking
444 agrees to stop all smoking
HOUGHTON -- There'll be no more smoking at American Legion Post 444--at least until an amended complaint can be filed and heard before the court.
A last minute clarity hearing was held Thursday morning in a Houghton courtroom, and that's when the post's lawyer made that promise to the judge.
"Therell be no more smoking at the Legion until further order of this court," said Attorney Matthew Tingstad.
It wasn't the outcome Post 444 or Tingstad had hoped for.
He began the hearing by telling Judge Charles Goodman that the post's gaming area was clearly exempt from the smoking ban under the same excemption [sic] made for Detroit casinos.
Goodman immediately interrupted this claim, asking, If thats true, why are we here?
"When I read the motion for clarification, I was under the impression that you didn't understand the order, said Goodman. You do understand the order, but you're saying, Judge, the law doesn't apply to us."
Opposing counsel, Paul Strom, called the casino defense 'ridiculous'
as he spoke on behalf of the Western U.P. Health Department. And Assistant
Attorney General Darrin Fowler, who appeared by phone, said they were
being generous by not requesting the post be held in contempt of court
smoking ban: No citations from Ottawa County so far
... Clubs such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion are also subject to the smoking ban.
"It really hasn't had any effect on our business," said Rob Meints, bartender at Grand Haven American Legion.
A smoker himself, Meints said he appreciates the ban while he is tending bar.
While the law hasn't had any negative impacts on the post's business, Meints said there are some pros and cons to the ban.
"We haven't taken a stance one way or another, but there is a lot of discussion," he said.
Meints added that even if the law were changed to allow clubs and veterans posts to allow smoking, he didn't think the American Legion would change its non-smoking status.
In addition, Meints said there are some veterans who feel like some
of the freedoms and rights that they fought for are slowly being taken
to study smoking ban in parks
A proposed smoking ban in and up to 25 feet from several Portage park locations was proposed Tuesday by City Manager Maurice Evans, but the Portage City Council said it wants to study it at its Nov. 12-13 retreat.
Evans, asked in August to study the issue, recommended to the council
that all tobacco products be banned in and up to 25 feet from Ramona
Park Beach, playgrounds, picnic shelters, fishing piers, restrooms,
bleaches, softball dugouts, basketball and other courts, the South Westnedge
Skate Park and inline hockey rink, concessions, Millennium Park Ice
Rink, Celery Flats Amphitheatre, Hayloft Theatre and Overlander Bandshell.
asks for clarity hearing
L'ANSE -- A Baraga County judge will now have to explain his ruling to ban smoking at the Baraga American Legion.
The post filed a motion for a clarity hearing late Monday afternoon following release of the judge's order granting a preliminary injuction requested by the state ...
judge bans smoking at Post 444; Michigan smoke-free law not to be flouted,
pending final legal proceedings
BARAGA -- Smoking has been officially banned at the Baraga American Legion.
Judge Charles Goodman granted the preliminary injunction late Monday morning requiring Post 444 to comply with the State's Smoke Free Air Act pending the outcome of their legal proceedings.
In a six-page order explaining his decision, Goodman finds the State
is more likely to prove its case as "passed laws are presumed constitutional"
and that the "Legislature has the authority to pass which limit
people's exposure to health hazards." ...
Ban Raises Questions For Landlords
Michigan's smoking ban drawing relatively few complaints (from non-smokers)
There have been relatively few violations of Michigan's smoking ban in bars and restaurants. A new report finds fewer than 600 complaints have been filed with local health departments.
Michigan's smoking ban took effect in May 1st. Since then local health departments have received 583 complaints that patrons were smoking in local bars and restaurants. 153 citations were handed out and 5 food service businesses were forced to shutdown for failing to obey the smoking ban law.
deciding whether to enforce smoking ban
L'ANSE -- Smoking at the American Legion Post 444 will continue for now as a Baraga County judge decides whether or not to grant the state's request for a preliminary injunction.
A hearing was held Wednesday afternoon but before any of the lawyers
had a chance to speak post members and supporters were making their
case outside the courthouse. ...
ban opponents still all fired up
A group called Protect Private Property Rights in Michigan-Amend Michigan Smoking Ban has about 3,000 members and has led a lottery boycott on Fridays. The group -- and others complaining about the bill -- point to records showing Club Keno sales have shrunk $21.5 million during the first three months of the ban, while liquor sales at bars and restaurants are down $1.8 billion.
"Small independent bars are really suffering. Some say they are being forced to close their doors," said Lance Binoniemi, executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association.
The group has been taking surveys of sales at bars and restaurants since the ban. The Private Property Rights group is trying to become a nonprofit and hopes to hire a lobbyist to fight to change the law.
Foes of the ban, which took effect May 1, point to bars such as Buster's Place in Trenton and Coach's Bar and Grill in Petersburg, near Dundee. ...
into Michigan's smoking ban: Health department and business owners ...
BAY CITY Its been almost five months since Michigan became the 38th state to ban smoking in public places, and Bay County Health Department officials and business owners have varying opinions on the laws effects.
Officials from the Bay County Health Department, which oversees enforcement of the law, said the majority of businesses have complied with the law, but they have received valid complaints involving 20 establishments in the county, since the smoking ban took effect May 1.
The complaints have involved 17 food establishments and three non-food service businesses, according to Bay County Community Health Educator Rachelle Anderson.
Some of them were food service establishments that were allowing people to smoke out on their deck, said Anderson, who investigates the complaints. Weve worked with the businesses, and they have changed their ways.
Anderson, who has received hundreds of non-valid complaints, said no fines have been issued to any of the businesses.
Statewide statistics involving smoking ban violations are not yet available,
according to James McCurtis Jr., a spokesman for the Michigan Department
of Community Health ...
of Michigan School of Public Health Announces the Mid-States Regional
Center for Public Health Law
(Media-Newswire.com) - ANN ARBOR The University of Michigan School of Public Health ( UM SPH ) is among five regional centers in a new network designed to improve public health through law. The Mid-States Regional Center housed at UM SPH will deliver services to nine states across the Midwest, including the states of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kentucky.
In initiatives ranging from air bag requirements for cars to smoke-free regulations in restaurants and bars, law has become an increasingly powerful tool to create healthier, safer communities. As a result, those vested in public health from local, state, federal, tribal officials and their legal counsel to public health practitioners, policy-makers and advocates have an increasing need for public health legal expertise to help them develop, implement and enforce laws that help solve public health problems.
The new Public Health Law Network opened today to provide answers to professionals grappling with complex public health challenges that may warrant legal and policy solutions. On a broader level, the network aims to increase the use and effectiveness of public health laws in protecting, promoting and improving public health by delivering technical assistance and providing education and training to help public health practitioners, lawyers, policy-makers and others working to apply the law to pressing public health issues.
As of Monday, September 20, 2010, anyone working in the fields of public
health or law can contact the network for guidance on how best to apply
the law to their particular public health concern. Additionally, the
network will provide education and training focused on applying the
law to improve public health. ...
Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Changing the Landscape of Michigan
West Michigan veterans want smoking ban changed
The state's smoking ban is four months old and some local veterans are fighting to get it changed. The group says its rights were taken away.
Monday, during a rally at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, they asked legislators to work with them, to change the new law. Winter is just around the corner and soon, they will have to go outside to smoke.
"People are going to get hurt. They're going to slip and fall. Freeze to death out there. There's going to be pneumonia problems, you name it," says Veteran Randy Fortune.
The group of smokers wants veterans' homes to be exempt from the state's smoking ban. "I feel like they've come into my house and told me I can't smoke in my own house," says Veteran Charles Smyth. ...
mulls smoking ban in parks that would include picnic and ...
PORTAGE A smoking ban at city parks has again been proposed in Portage.
The Park Board is suggesting a smoking ban in all playground and picnic shelter areas at the citys 17 parks. The recommendation will get more study by the city administration and would have to clear the City Council to take effect ...
City Council addresses open carry law, proposed smoking ban at meeting
...The council also voted to postpone a proposed Hurley Medical Center
smoking ban that would include Hurley property as well as any adjacent
public streets and sidewalks. Council members said they would like to
see the ban changed so that it doesnt include public right-of-ways.
department says private clubs named most in smoking complaints
When Michigan lawmakers considered -- and approved -- a statewide ban on public smoking, those raising the most adamant objections included people who visit private clubs.
Now, a little more than three months after the law went into effect, St. Clair County officials said private clubs are logging the most complaints about people who continue to smoke there.
The law prohibits tobacco smoking in public places, including workplaces, restaurants and their patios, bars, government facilities and public meetings. Exempt are cigar bars and tobacco-specialty retail stores, as well as casinos established before May 1, 2010.
The Moose Lodge, 3520 Military St. in Port Huron, was named in four complaints to the St. Clair County Health Department, all of which refer to someone smoking on the deck.
Officials there refused to comment about the complaints. ...
Medical Center proposes smoking ban for hospital campus; adjacent public
FLINT, Michigan -- Several Flint City Council members are wary about a proposed Hurley Medical Center smoking ban that would include public sidewalks and streets adjoining Hurley property.
Hurley officials are asking the council to approve a city ordinance that would ban smoking on Hurley's campus, as well as any "publicly owned property contiguous to a hospital campus," including but not limited to sidewalks, lawns, streets and alleys ...
Housing Commission adopts smoke-free policy for all properties, effective
January 1, 2011
Smoking Ban Cuts Lottery Sales - School Funding Down $10 Million
While firm numbers are not yet final, indications are that Michigan's new workplace smoking ban will affect sales of Michigan Lottery club games, especially Keno, and could mean a drop in school funding from those games alone by $10 million.
The executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association said his members are clearly noting a drop in things like Keno sales as many are seeing less customer traffic since the ban took effect on May 1. The workplace smoking ban also means that except for the Detroit casinos and some locations like cigar clubs, smoking is outlawed in bars and restaurants.
One legislator who helped drive the move to ban smoking said there was no question the ban would have affected things like Keno sales, but that based on the experiences in other states some of that customer traffic should come back. Sen. Raymond Basham (D-Taylor) also said the new requirements may mean local establishments have to change their marketing to draw customers back in.
Andi Brancato, spokesperson for the Michigan Lottery, said indications now are that club game sales for the 2009-10 fiscal year will be some $35 million less than the $548 million the games sold in the 2008-09 fiscal year.
veterans fight for right to smoke
Smoking tobacco is legal. They own, run and risk failure at their post's tavern in tiny Baraga at the base of the Keweenaw Bay in the Upper Peninsula.
So they get to decide whether patrons get to smoke.
That wasn't an issue before May 1, when a statewide ban on smoking in places of employment took effect (with a few, minor exceptions and one major one: Detroit's three casinos).
Now Foucault-Funke Post 444, where the ashtrays never came off the tables and smokers line the bar each afternoon and evening, is at the center of what could be a decisive showdown for the new state law and -- as the vets see it -- for the individual liberty and self-government they fought to defend.
Earlier this month, the post sued the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department to strike down as unconstitutional the department's order to end indoor smoking.
"It's not about the smoking," said post spokesman Joseph O'Leary. "It's about the right to choose to allow the use of a legal substance on our property." ...
Rector: New smoking ban means great things for Mt. Chalet in Royal Oak
But some, like Annette Berman, were quietly hoping it might work the other way -- that customers who didn't smoke might come in more often if the haze ever lifted.
She and her brother, Harvy Berman, own the landmark Mt. Chalet restaurant and bar on Woodward at 14 Mile in Royal Oak, a place that for years was known for its well-prepared food and, unfortunately, its smoke-filled air.
"I added every smoke-eater device known to man," she said, but none of them really did the trick.
She knew the problem was costing her some business, but friends warned against going smoke-free because so many of her regulars, obviously, were smokers.
That's why she thought the new law might be the answer. . . .
She was totally unprepared for what happened.
Food sales doubled.
"The ban went into effect on May 1, and the first month was crazy ridiculous. We sold more food than I've sold in years on the first two weekends. I would say the first month, they were up 100%," she said.
And it made a difference.
With the extra income, "I was able to start doing a lot of things I wanted to do around here." . . .
over smoking ban
Tribe Housing Authority offers smoke-free housing
The following is from a July 20th SooToday.com news story:
of locals favor smoking ban in survey of 10000
introduces legislation to expand smoking ban in Michigan
State Sen. Ray Basham said he hopes to finish off one more goal before he leaves office.
Basham, who fought for years to get a smoking ban approved in Michigan, introduced legislation last week to make Detroit casinos smoke-free and extend to casino workers the same protection bar and restaurant patrons and employees have from secondhand smoke. Michigan enacted a smoking ban in most public places in May, but casinos were excluded.
"Secondhand smoke doesn't make any exceptions or exemptions, and
Michigan law shouldnt either,"said Basham, who is term-limited
this year. "The legislature finally took action to protect patrons
and workers in the states bars and restaurants from secondhand
smoke exposure, and the men and women who work in the state's casinos
should be extended the same consideration for their health." ...
Bars Planning Another Lottery Boycott To Protest Smoking Ban
Another boycott of Michigan Lottery games is being planned by bar owners
around the state. An estimated 500 bars took part in the one-day boycott
of Club Keno and other games earlier this month as a protest against
the new public smoking ban, which owners say has greatly hurt their
businesses. Steve Mace, with the group Amend the Michigan Smoking Ban,
tells us that he figures the state lost out on at least a million dollars
in lotto sales because of the bars' boycott...but that's not the only
reason why it was viewed as a success. He says the boycott helped focus
some media attention on problems with the ban. The Michigan Lottery
has downplayed the effects of the boycott, so Mace says the bars are
doing another one:
ban opponents gather
More than 100 opponents of the state smoking ban joined Wednesday at Battle Creek's Polish National Alliance in protesting what many said was a violation of their constitutional rights.
"This is supposed to be a free country," said Art Heagney, 61, of Battle Creek. "(Smoking is) stinky, it affects everything around you, but it's a right."
Wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the words "I'm for smokers rights," PNA members Gordon Turner and Jim Worthington led the grassroots effort.
Opponents to the ban said they wanted to reverse or amend the law, which prohibits smoking on patios, decks and other attached structures in which food or beverages are served. They said the law has gone too far.
A quick survey of local bar owners in attendance revealed most lost between 20 and 40 percent in revenue since the ban was enacted May 1.
bars not feeling the burn after smoking ban
More than 75 percent favor Mich. smoking ban
More than 75 percent of people surveyed by the state Department of Community Health favored Michigan's smoking ban, according to results of a study released this morning.
Researchers with the agency completed the public opinion survey before the law, which bans smoking in bars, restaurants and other public venues, went into affect May 1.
The survey of 10,030 people was distributed to clients receiving services
at local health departments in 80 of Michigan's 83 counties between
March 1 and April 23.
they can't smoke, then they can't play
An Internet campaign is urging bar owners to protest the 6-week-old statewide smoking ban by boycotting their own lottery sales of Keno, Pull Tabs and other state games on Saturday, the day before Father's Day.
Steve Mace, an organizer, said the ban has badly hurt business -- a point the state concedes -- at many bars, contrary to news media reports that it has had little effect.
Mace of Beverly Hills is a member of Protect Private Property Rights in Michigan, which he said has recruited at least 200 Michigan bars to join the boycott from 11 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday.
The group uses e-mail and a Facebook site called Michigan Lottery Boycott to spread the word. It says the one-day boycott could cost the state $18 million in lost lottery revenue.
Mace said the state should allow some smoking at bars and restaurants.
"Let's sit down and talk about this rationally, because Michiganders are losing their jobs," Mace said. ...
Stadium goes smoke-free this season
Arbor bars report no loss of business one month after Michigan's smoking
One month after state law barred smoking in their establishments, tavern and restaurant owners around Ann Arbor are not reporting any dramatic downturn in their business.
And the reaction among patrons -- while still going through an adjustment period - ranged from joy (usually nonsmokers) to resignation (usually smokers).
"I love it," said Sara Gnagi of Brighton, a nonsmoker who was having a drink one recent night at Conor O'Neill's on Main Street. "I have a much easier time breathing."
Her friend Jennifer Hall, who said in the past she typically only smoked at bars, didn't mind the new restrictions. ...
Smoking Ban Gets Rave Reviews
It's been one month since a smoking ban in bars and restaurants took affect in Michigan. So far, it seems smokers are getting used to the new rules. Most we spoke to love the change.
They say it's nice not eat when people are smoking and to go home not smelling like smoke. Some area businesses even reported a boost in business.
The State Department of Community Health has yet to receive a single
complaint or file any violations. County Health Departments haven't
seen any either. ...
law prompts calls to 'quit smoking' hotline
The state says more calls are coming in to a hotline to help people quit smoking in the wake of a new Michigan law that prohibits smoking at workplaces including bars and restaurants.
The Michigan Department of Community Health says Monday that 20 percent more calls have been made to the state's hotline since April 26. An average of more than 30 people per day are using the hotline to get started with efforts to stop smoking. ...
County Firms Up Restrictions On Smokers
5/4/10 - A state law banning smoking in most workplaces in Michigan may already be the law, but the Livingston County Board of Commissioners were crossing their ts and dotting the is Monday night when they approved an amendment to the smoking ban for county buildings and vehicles. According to Commission Chair Maggie Jones, the new language requires smokers to remain a reasonable distance from facilities and their entrances to prevent second-hand smoke from affecting those entering or exiting the building, and to make sure it does not enter the building through windows or vents. ...
76 percent in favor of Michigan smoking ban
A new poll conducted by our reporting partners at WSJM says around three quarters of people are in favor of it.
In the poll, the leading response was 76 percent of people saying they are a non-smoker and appreciate the new ban. ...
smoking ban and restaurants: 'Now I can go and not worry about the air'
We asked over the weekend if anyone noticed any difference now that Michigan's smoking ban has taken effect. Many readers said they did.
newtech enjoyed a smoke-free meal:
"Yes, I noticed. I went to a restaurant close to my home where
I rarely go because of the smoking, but now I can go and and not worry
about the air. Thank you Michigan for giving me the choice of all the
restaurants and bars from which to choose. ...
say state ban a drag
As they sat at the bar in Hoot's Lounge in Corktown on Friday night, Detroiters Maria Prado and Jesus Moreno celebrated the last evening they would be surrounded by people smoking around them.
"While we're eating, that's when it most affects us," said Prado of the smoke. She looks forward to the "healthy environment" she and Moreno, her non-smoking husband, will have when they go out to eat after the state's smoking ban begins at 6 a.m. today.
Mark Chapman, 40, of Dearborn Heights on the other hand said he fears the ban will hurt his business. Although not a bar owner, Chapman has been selling Detroit baseball caps in bars around the metro area for the last nine years.
patrons happy to say goodbye to smoking
Businesses, health officials and non-smokers alike were greeting a smoking ban for Michigan's bars, restaurants and other public establishments that went in effect at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Patrons of area businesses were finding some -- like the Park Bar on Park near Comerica Park -- already were posting "no smoking" signs and removing ashtrays.
"I'm divided," said Jerry Belanger, owner of the Park. "I
hate giving up our liberties for some state-forced behavior modification,
but, hey, I like breathing in clean air. So I'm for it. If someone tries
to smoke, we politely tell them 'no'."
Non-Smokers Enjoying Smoke-Free Bars
The smoke has officially cleared inside Michigan bars and restaurants. The statewide smoking ban went into effect at 6am Saturday morning. One local group went wheeling around town to celebrate Michigan going smoke-free. Adrienne Domas is kicking back, enjoying her weekend at some local watering holes, but something is missing from the air. . . .
So Domas and friends grabbed their bikes and hit the streets of Lansing for a pub crawl to visit local bars they wouldn't have necessarily gone before.
Adrienne Domas: "A lot of us don't ever go to some of these places because they were too smoky, and now we're going to start coming to these places.'
Domas says she wants to show bar owners lots of people do support the smoking ban and that business may light up now that it's in place.
Adrienne Domas: "We've been saying multiple times, many times, when we've gone out just on a weekend, we can't wait until May first, this place will be so much nicer after May first when it's not smoky."
to eat, drink smoke-free Saturday
At 6 a.m. Saturday, Michigan joins 37 other states that have indoor workplace smoking bans. Most of the attention has been on how it will change the culture and success of Michigan bars and restaurants. Here's a look at the Dr. Ron Davis Smoke Free Air Law. ...
era to begin in Michigan
At the Garden Bowl, bowlers have smoked since the first gutter ball in 1913.
Bowling and smoking are so intertwined that a player is as likely to be clutching a cigarette in one hand as a bowling ball in the other.
Until Saturday. ...
Bar Owners Plan Lawsuit Against Ban
EARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - Over a hundred hookah lounge and restaurant owners are banding together to fight the smoking ban, which takes effect this Saturday.
They're concerned that the ban will force them out of business. They also want to know why they weren't granted an exemption from the ban like the owners of cigar bars and lounges.
Under the new law cigar bars will be allowed to serve food and allow cigar smoking, but hookah bars will not be allowed to serve food.
Many of the owners say they feel like the lack of a hookah exemption is an attack on their Arabic culture. They say the device has been a symbol of Arabic culture for hundreds of years, and that many of their customers only come because of the setting the hookah helps provide. ...
Lanes ahead of the game after imposing smoking ban a year ago
Aemisegger, owner of Hillside Lanes in Hillsdale since 1981, declared the bowling alley smoke-free one year ago, and he's glad he did.
"I wish I had done it sooner," Aemisegger said. "I got so tired of coming to work and breathing that stale smoke smell. I just thought for the longevity of the business, it was time for a change.
"Sometimes, a business has to reinvent itself."
Aemisegger's smoke-free business is a window into what other bowling centers might expect when the state-imposed smoking ban goes into effect Saturday.
"We did lose a few league bowlers, but what we gained in open
bowling and outings far exceeded what we lost," Aemisegger said.
"Our total lineage was up for the past year. We're getting families
back into the bowling center." ...
hookah fanciers fume about smoking ban
Yet there is one bright spot - a bustling stretch of Warren Avenue
where Mideastern-style cafes, markets and shops provide a taste of Beirut
or Damascus for one of the largest Arab-American communities in the
Come May 1, when the law goes into effect, Dearborn's cafes will have to choose between serving food or allowing smoking. Hookahs will be welcome only in specialty tobacco stores.
Tough tobacco restrictions have been imposed in many states in recent years, threatening some smoky nightspots but usually leaving the local social life unchanged.
But in perhaps no other city does the aroma of fragrant smoke, the bubbling of water pipes and the tang of Arab dishes blend so intrinsically with the local lifestyle and economy.
In a relatively small business district, more than two dozen cafes offer hookah. . . .
"In our culture, alcohol is forbidden, and this is an area where
there are a lot of Muslims," said Latifeh Sabbagh, a social worker
and officer with the local Young Muslim Association. Smoking hookah
"is something for them to do. It's their winding down." ...
bars around Michigan get OK to sell food, drinks
Michigan's statewide smoking ban, which is to take effect May 1, will allow established cigar bars to sell food and drink, the state Department of Community Health (DCH) announced Friday.
But the law will not allow any new smoking cigar bars; they had to have been established by April 1.
And patrons in cigar bars can't smoke cigarettes, pipes, so-called little cigars or any other tobacco products. Only tobacco-wrapped cigars that retail for more than $1 each can be smoked in cigar bars. . . .
To qualify for the exemption, cigar bars must prove that at least 10% of their monthly income is from the sale of cigars and the rental of humidors.
"To fail to recognize how cigar bars will generate the other 90% of their gross annual income would be absurd," DCH director Janet Olszewski wrote in a memo Friday.
She said the Legislature intended to allow eating and drinking in cigar bars when it wrote the new law. Tobacco shops and hookah lounges can't serve food and drinks, according to the ban.
cigar bars exempt in smoking ban
Legislation review allows cigar smoking with provisions
Statement from the Michigan Dept. of Community Health:
"After further analysis of the law, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has concluded in a released memorandum that if cigar bars meet required criteria, they are exempt from the smoking ban and will be allowed to serve food and drink.
"In order to qualify for this exemption, the cigar bar must file
an affidavit with the MDCH on or before May 31, 2010 stating that the
cigar bar was in existence on May 1, 2010. Cigar bars must continue
to file an affidavit with the MDCH on Jan. 31 each year to qualify for
exemption. Cigar bars must meet the following requirements ...
new state smoking ban coming, commissioners move to Genesee ...
Tribe Housing Authority adopts smoke-free policy; Fifth tribal housing
authority in nation to do so
Smoking ban is a victory for public health
The days are dwindling down to a precious few for those who like to light up at their favorite watering hole. For the rest of us, May 1 can't come soon enough.
That is the day smoking will be prohibited in almost all Michigan bars and restaurants. Some complain the new law snuffs out a personal right, and restaurant owners plead that their businesses will be ruined if they can't cater to smokers. . . .
But the overwhelming reality is smoking and the impact of secondhand smoke are a huge health hazard.
The public -- in Michigan and in 37 other states -- have said they
are tired of going into restaurants and bars filled with a smoky haze.
On May 1, this is going to be better for everyone. ...
A combination of factors -- not the least of which is a dwindling population of tobacco users and successful precedents in other cities and states -- has many Ann Arbor restaurateurs looking forward to the change.
"My place will get busier when this nonsmoking comes in, I guarantee it," said Bill Fraser, the owner of Fraser's Pub on Packard. Staff there will spend half a week prior to the May 1 smoking ban cleaning the restaurant and repainting to get rid of three decades worth of accumulated smoke odors, he said.
"If I did it myself, and other bars didn't do it, it would probably hurt me," Fraser said of going smoke-free. "But because all bars have to do it, it's going to be a big plus." ...
still cloud smoking ban
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson dropped a bomb Thursday morning, saying he was suing to stop the state from starting a workplace, bar and restaurant smoking ban May 1.
Six hours later, slammed with a torrent of criticism, Patterson told assembled reporters in Farmington Hills, in effect, "never mind."
His office got an earful in more than 100 e-mails and phone calls. He said he asked his assistants about reaction and both raised their hands with thumbs down. "Not one said, 'Attaboy, Brooks,' " he said.
"If I don't have public support for what I'm doing, I'm going to reverse myself," he said. ...
County won't fully enforce new smoking ban, state says
Kent County's Health Department has said it won't enforce the state's smoking ban at establishments that don't offer food service because the $65,000 in state funding that's being offered over two years would not cover costs.
Kent County will be responsible for enforcement only at places that sell food and drinks. ...
Oakland County won't enforce smoking ban
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson this afternoon reversed himself, withdrawing his plan to sue against a statewide public smoking ban.The move came after an overwhelming number of phone calls from constituents who opposed what he was doing.
Watch freep.com for developments.
What was reported earlier today
Ban: Some Wonder If State Ready
Some business owners and even local health departments are wondering if Michigan is really ready to go smoke free. The ban starts in less than a month.
Come May first, Michigan's ban on smoking in restaurants and bars takes effect. The Grand Tavern and thousands of similar establishments will instantly become smoke free.
"Curious who's going to come in and enforce it, and who's going to write tickets. Do they want me to call the local police if somebody lights up a cigarette," Mario Lucaj, owner of the Grand Tavern. "They're not letting us know anything."
County health departments are receiving no funds from the state to enforce the new smoking ban. ...
of confusion envelops Michigan smoking ban
With less than a month before Michigan's smoking ban goes into effect, the state isn't sure who should enforce the law, and counties are warning it shouldn't be them.
The impasse comes as the state is fielding hundreds of calls from owners of restaurants to pool halls, even hookah bars, looking for clarity on how to comply with what becomes law on May 1.
Michigan will become the 38th state to limit smoking in public places including government buildings, workplaces, bars and restaurants.
esides enforcement questions, there's confusion over other aspects of the law, such as how big "no smoking" signs should be, whether charity events fall under the statute, the dimensions of outdoor smoking areas and who will monitor work forces. ...
out:Zorba's owners glad to go smoke-free early
CLAWSON -- The words on the marquee, and on signs taped to the doors, let Zorba's customers know the restaurant is now "smoke-free."
But the better indicator comes when customers walk inside and take
a seat, according to owner Alex Dreshaj. The restaurant at 309 N. Main
in downtown Clawson went smoke-free Jan. 1, five months before the May
1 statewide ban on smoking in public places takes affect.
"You can finally smell the food," Dreshaj's wife Gjina said,
hope to make clubs exempt from state smoking ban
army veteran Mike Stapleton said clubs where those who fought to defend the freedoms of this nation gather should be exempt from the state's smoking ban, which takes effect May 1.
"It's wrong for lawmakers to tell us private clubs what to do,"
said Stapleton, 61, who served in the Vietnam and Desert Storm wars.
Stapleton, of Jenison, and others at American Legion Post 179 in Grandville have signed a petition to get all veteran clubs exempt from the law passed in December. The ban applies to all bars, restaurants and workplaces. The only exemptions are for cigar bars and the gaming floors of existing casinos.
The petition drive, being coordinated on the east and west sides of the state, so far has 1,500 signatures from members of American Legion posts, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other clubs. ...
butts about it at MIS track
BROOKLYN, Mich. - When Michigan International Speedway opens its gates for the stock-car racing season in June, the only smoke encountered in the grandstand area should be that from the race winner spinning his tires in celebration.
The track will go smoke-free this year in all of its grandstands, mezzanines,
concession areas, restroom buildings, suites and chalets. The ban seems
consistent with a state-wide measure barring smoking in public places
that takes effect in Michigan May 1. ...
Michigan becomes 33rd housing commission in state to adopt a smoke-free
policy for some of its buildings
City bans smoking in public parks
Henry Street resident Tom Moore no longer will be able to smoke around the diamond where his granddaughter plays T-ball.
The City Council approved a smoking ban in city parks Wednesday, making it unlawful for a person to smoke within 30 feet of bleachers or backstops at baseball and softball fields. ...
City might ban smoking at ball diamonds
The City Council is revisiting an ordinance to ban smoking on baseball fields.
The ordinance would prohibit smoking within 30 feet of any bleachers
and near backstops at baseball fields within public parks.
A similar ordinance failed after being proposed in July by Councilwoman Stacy Striz. . . .
"The first time around there was a lot of questions about it, people opposing it in the audience saying you cannot solicit good manners," she said. "I think that the smoking ban through Michigan kind of made people think there is something we need to do." ...
Council looks at smoking ban ordinance
CHESANING - The Village Council Tuesday began consideration of a new ordinance to regulate smoking on business properties.
The ordinance, when complete, will work in conjuction with the state's new workplace smoking ban, which goes into effect May 1.
The Council's initial ideas include a ban on smoking during company time, unless an employee is on a break. The proposal also would affect people who work outdoors.
Village Council Trustee, Damion Frasier said, Unless, you're on break, no smoking. Even if [working] outside.
Frasier said he has looked for an ordinance that would cover smoking bans, but there are none. He said he has spoken to three lawyers from three communities on how they handled the issue within their cities.
Two of the lawyers said their cities allow employees to smoke outside of the building or in their own personal vehicle. But only on a person's break time. The lawyers' names and locations were not provided. ...
Why are casinos exempt from smoking ban?
The Michigan Legislature passed a long-delayed smoking ban after considerable debate and controversy.
The ban will take effect in May. It applies to all bars, restaurants and work places, except for the Detroit casinos, cigar bars, tobacco specialty stores, home offices and motor vehicles. . . .
The exceptions listed in the law make reasonable sense, other than the one for casinos. It begs the question why? What kind of message does that send?
First, it makes it seem as though gambling is some kind activity that warrants special treatment. Admittedly, it's a good source of taxes and if people want to take test their luck, then fine, that should be their choice. But the exception, in a sense, promotes gambling and it's urging people with one addiction - smoking - to maybe test their will power from another potential addiction.
But the bigger message is that the Detroit casino lobby is strong and has a powerful influence on legislators. The effect is so blatant, it's scary. ...
in a healthier state
Recently, Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a bill that bans smoking in all public places beginning in May. Michigan joins the ranks of states that have taken a strong step toward protecting the health of their communities by making bars, restaurants and other public places smoke-free.We know that secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease. For example, exposed kids are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear infections and other illnesses.
Also, in 2005, California's Environmental Protection Agency estimated that exposure to secondhand smoke kills more than 3,400 adult nonsmokers from lung cancer, approximately 46,000 adult nonsmokers from coronary heart disease, and an estimated 430 babies from SIDS.
Earlier this year, the Institute of Medicine reported that secondhand smoke exposure could trigger heart attacks and that smoke-free laws reduce hospitalizations for heart attacks.
So with the passage of this law, Michigan will be saving lives and protecting its citizens.The comprehensive nature of the new law is noteworthy. Unfortunately, too many people still incorrectly believe that opening a window, sitting in a separate area, or using a fan protects bystanders from the harmful effects of exposure to secondhand smoke. A 2006 report by the U.S. surgeon general concluded there is no risk-free level of exposure. The only protection is through 100% smoke-free environments. ...
No big deal.
That's the response from some Plymouth bar and restaurant managers to Michigan's new workplace smoking law, which will ban smoking inside their establishments come next May. . . .
But, Zajac added, Station 885 will be planning an outdoor smoking area that fits the requirements of the law. To his understanding, he said, any outdoor smoking area must be more than 50 feet from a door.
"In the long run it's going to be a good thing, and I don't think it's going to affect too many businesses," said Kevin Khashan, who, with brother Sam, owns Sean O'Callaghan's, a tavern on Penniman. ...
signs smoking ban legislation
The ban will start May 1st making it illegal to smoke in restaurants, bars, hotels and any place that serves food and drinks. Governor Granholm signed the bill into law Friday at a Lansing brew pub.
Lawmakers finished passing the ban last week. Detroit casinos, cigar
bars, tobacco specialty stores, home offices and motor vehicles are
exempt. Michigan is now the 38th state to limit smoking in public places.
Ron Robinson is the director of hotel operations here at Cambria Suites in Traverse City as well as the Best Western next door. He says the new smoking ban that goes into effect May 1st, is not necessarily a bad thing for hotel business. ...
smoking ban to get governor's signature today
to know about state's smoking ban
QUESTION: Starting May 1, where can't I smoke?
ANSWER: Anyplace with a license to serve food or beverages or that employs at least one person. That means any public place -- shopping malls, concert halls, arenas, museums, health facilities including nursing homes, education facilities and child care centers. ...
to sign bill that will clear the air in public
Come May 1, the question "Smoking or nonsmoking?" will be history.
That's the day a long-sought statewide smoking ban takes effect in Michigan workplaces, including bars and restaurants.
The Michigan Senate and House passed a compromise bill Thursday that broke the stalemate over exempting Detroit's three casinos, by allowing smoking on gaming floors, but not in casino bars, restaurants or hotels.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm said late Thursday that she would sign the bill, which will not affect Michigan's 20 American Indian casinos.
The vote was a victory for anti-smoking advocates who sought the ban for more than a decade. Michigan will be the 38th state to ban smoking in public places. ...
ban slammed, praised
The Michigan Legislature passed a long-delayed smoking ban Thursday that would put Josh Judd and other smokers out in the cold.
The 30-year-old Kalamazoo man, sitting in the Green Top Tavern holding a cigarette in one hand and a beer in the other, said he doesn't think much of the bill prohibiting smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.
"I think it's bull----," he said. "I don't think they
have any right to tell a bar you can't have smoking. ...The bar should
reaction to ban mixed
"They should just ban it altogether, then I'll quit," Haselton, 39, said Thursday as he puffed a cigarette in Dillinger's Pub in downtown Traverse City, shortly after state legislators voted to snuff smoking in most public places in Michigan.
The ban would take effect in May 2010. It applies to all bars, restaurants and workplaces except for the Detroit casinos, cigar bars, tobacco specialty stores, home offices and motor vehicles.
Haselton quit before, but started up again. His brother, Andrew Haselton,
40, kicked the habit for good. ...
smoking ban for restaurants and bars --- but not casinos --- hailed
Janet Olszewski, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health, commended the move, which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
"The Legislature passed a strong bill that outright bans smoking in public places. That decision shows that the health of Michigan citizens is a top priority," Olszewski said in a statement.
Second-hand smoke is the third-leading cause of preventable death in Michigan, resulting in about 2,500 deaths a year, she noted.
Bar and restaurant lobbyists have said the measure would cost thousands of jobs as smokers choose to frequent the establishments less often. They said the decision to go smoke free should be left to business owners - 6,000 bars and restaurants have already instituted bans. ...
Local reaction to legislators making Michigan smoke free
Pump House owner Tom Jennings has gotten used to the ups and downs of the proposal.
"It's been on the back burner, then someone decided to bring it up again," said Jennings.
The state will soon prohibit smoking inside all restaurants and bars.
For doctors -- like Rick Johansen with the Berrien County Health Department
-- the decision has been a long time coming. ...
votes indoor smoke ban Detroit's 3 casinos given exemption
WHAT WILL HAPPEN :
The ban would take effect in May.
It applies to bars, restaurants and workplaces, except for three Detroit casinos, cigar bars, tobacco specialty stores, home offices, and motor vehicles.
Although smoking will be allowed on casino gambling floors, it will be banned in the casinos bars, restaurants, and hotels.
With the governors signature, Michigan would become the 38th
state to limit smoking in public places such as government buildings
and bars and restaurants, Sen. Ray Bash said.
Smoking ban should apply to all places
Do Michigan lawmakers really want to take a position that it is OK
to kill casino workers as long as there are some jobs saved in the process?
In fact, some observers believe that Republicans in the state Senate were calling the bluff of Detroit-area Democrats by pushing for a complete ban. It's not that the Republicans supported the ban. Rather, they expected Democrats to balk at a ban that included casinos.
Now, however, there is a compromise that will grandfather smoking on casino floors. That is still ridiculous. Either the threat of second-hand smoke is sufficient to ban it from public places, or it isn't.
To allow some businesses, such as casinos, to maintain an advantage over the bar down the street is unfair.
If state lawmakers believe that a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars is warranted, then ban it in all places. Otherwise, leave it alone and let the public decide where it wants to eat, drink and gamble. ...
could vote on smoking ban Thursday
AP) -- The Senate might finally take up a statewide smoking ban that has stalled for years in the Legislature.
Senators have been working on a bill that would ban smoking in all workplaces, restaurants and bars, but could exempt casino floors and cigar bars. The House passed a ban containing similar exemptions in May.
The Senate measure could come up for a vote on Thursday. It faces opposition from the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association and from health advocates and some lawmakers who object to exempting the three Detroit casinos.
If the bill stalls, there likely will be an effort to put a smoking ban on the ballot next year. ...
Workplace Smoking Ban Set To Pass
LANSING Michigan has moved one step closer to having a statewide, workplace smoking ban with the news that a leading Republican lawmaker has the votes to approve such a bill, the Detroit News reports. The bill would exempt Detroit casinos, cigar bars and tobacco stores from the smoking ban.
State Senate Appropriations chairman Ron Jelinek said the Senate would discuss the smoking bill this week with his proposed amendment that would let people smoke in the citys casinos, cigar bars and smoke shops. The amendment prohibits smoking in casino hotels and restaurants, but permits it on the casino floor.
Yes, I think we can get the votes, said Jelinek, who also pointed out that the legislation should pass the House, too. House Speaker Andy Dillon said that the smoking ban legislation is one of his top three legislative items to complete before the holiday recess begins Dec. 17.
However, the bill has its detractors. The Michigan Licensed Beverage
Association is against a smoking ban, but if one passes, it would prefer
one with no exceptions. Currently, 6,000 Michigan bars and restaurants
do not allow smoking, so the group wonders why a ban is needed. ...
End Michigan's shame and pass the smoking ban
So let's review the arguments as lawmakers contemplate one more attempt to limit smoking in Michigan.
The primary point, often lost in the haze, is that this is first and foremost a workplace ban on smoking. Few workers these days have to put up with colleagues' smoking . . .
In a perfect world, lawmakers would not exempt casino floors -- their workers deserve clean lungs, too -- but after years of stalemate any significant smoke-free progress would be welcome.
Which leaves the hope that this time, finally, lawmakers won't keep blowing smoke. ...
The Michigan Legislature is once again considering an attack on private property rights in the form of a workplace smoking ban, according to the Associated Press.
Russ Harding, director of the Center's Property Rights Network, addressed the issue a year ago when the Michigan House and Senate passed separate bills but failed to reach an agreement on how intrusive to make the proposed legislation:
Smoking bans may not strike most people as an obvious government property
taking in the same manner as seizing someone's home to make way for
a new highway, but both are an erosion of the right to use one's own
private property free from government meddling. ...
barkeeps head to Lansing to bounce smoking ban
Detroit bar owners whose establishments are close to the Detroit casinos trekked to the state Capitol today to oppose legislation that would ban smoking in public places but make exceptions for casinos.
Tino Hammond, owner of Reggie's Moulin Rouge in Detroit, said her business and her 40 employees will be in jeopardy if lawmakers approve the measure.
"This would just be the nail in the coffin," she said at a news conference in Lansing. "Anybody in the downtown area would suffer tremendously. It would put us in jeopardy of closing in six to eight months."
Christina Byrd, whose family owns Floods Bar & Grill in Detroit, said 30 percent to 35 percent of the lounge's patrons smoke. ...
states have some smoking ban, but not Mich.
Michigan would join a majority of states with smoking bans if a bill succeeds. A look at the different types of bans across the country:
--Smoking in state and-or local government buildings is banned in 33 states and the District of Columbia.
--Smoking in private workplaces, not including restaurants or bars, is banned in 24 states and the District of Columbia. ...
lawmakers edge closer to possible smoking ban; Detroit casinos could
get partial exemption
A statewide smoking ban that has stalled for years in the Legislature
could be in place by Christmas.
"Most legislators want to get it done," Jelinek said. "The major discrepancy now is either total ban or ban with exceptions. ... We'll see what flies."
Opponents want the decision left up to individual business owners. Lance Binoniemi of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association says if a ban is passed, it shouldn't have exceptions that "pick winners and losers" by exempting casinos. ...
smoking ban: To exempt or not to exempt?
While casino owners assume they'll lose business if they can no longer
allow their customers to light up while they gamble -- and force their
non-smoking patrons to inhale second-hand smoke while they gamble --
Christoff's story doesn't shed any light on whether that assumption
is born out of any research.
Meanwhile, hanging over potential legislative action is the possibility that ban advocates who favor no exemptions will pursue a ballot initiative to ban smoking outright, bypassing Lansing lawmakers.
In case you haven't been following Lansing's smoking-ban saga, here's some informative recent history from the same story:
House Speaker has end-of-session goals
... and finally passing a workplace smoking ban are the top items on House Speaker
Andy Dillon's to-do list before the end of the year. . . .
Finally, the speaker said he's hopeful the Legislature can pass a public smoking prohibition this month, breaking a long-standing impasse.
The Senate has insisted on an across-the-board ban while the House has made exceptions for the three Detroit casinos. One proposal in the Senate is a compromise bill that would bar smoking on half the casino floor and in casino hotels and restaurants. Dillon said that plan has some promise.
Marsden said if the smoking ban comes up next week in the Senate, as
some predict, "I expect the majority leader will stay consistent
on it -- a full ban." ...
The city's three casinos could see nearly a third of their revenues -- and tax payments to Detroit and the state -- vanish should legislators enact a smoking ban without an exemption for the gambling halls.
That's according to estimates from MGM Grand Detroit, the city's largest casino by revenue.
Downtown casino executives say a ban on smoking with no exemption for the three properties -- MGM Grand, MotorCity and Greektown -- could deal a damaging blow to revenues, especially as Ohio readies itself for the opening of four casinos within its borders.
Jamaine Dickens, a spokesman for MGM Grand Detroit, said the projected impact wouldn't just hit the casinos, but the city and state, which take in millions in taxes each year.
All told, the city and state could lose up to $93.1 million a year in taxes ...
has not yet taken action on smoking ban bill
The smoke still has not cleared between the Michigan House and Senate on whether state residents should be allowed to enjoy cigarettes while dining.
It has been six months since the Michigan House passed a statewide smoking ban for public places, such as restaurants and bars, and the Senate still has not picked up the bill, which exempts casinos and cigar bars. Some representatives still are pushing for the Senate to take action on the bill, but experts said disagreement between the two houses could mean the Senate might not pick it up at all.
Having just finished up the budget process, we are looking at our agenda for the upcoming year and we havent had any discussion of how we will address the smoking ban, said Matt Marsden, spokesman for Sen. Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester.
The Senate passed a smoking ban with no exemptions in 2008, but the House never picked up that bill, he said.
If there is going to be a smoking ban, we dont believe there should be carve-outs for certain establishments, Marsden said.
But exempting casinos and cigar bars would create a middle ground..."
initiative bans smoking
Students at both the University of Michigan and Purdue University would have to either quit or find somewhere else to puff up if a smoking ban under serious consideration at both Midwestern schools is implemented.
The Michigan initiative bans smoking anywhere on its three campuses and, in lieu of receiving a ticket, offenders will be forced to attend workshops encouraging them to drop the habit.
We are working to promote a culture of health, and this fits into that philosophy We believe a smoke-free environment is another strong way to encourage a healthy lifestyle, said Kallie Michels, associate vice president of communication at Michigan. We hope that the policy will translate into more members of our community quitting smoking or never starting.
The goal of the initiative is to make the campus completely smoke-free by July 2011 in order to create a culture of health. ...
County smoking ban takes effect Nov. 9
A smoking ban covering businesses across Muskegon County is less than two weeks from going into effect, and county officials say they're working with business owners to help bring them into compliance before the deadline.
Ken Kraus, director of Public Health-Muskegon County, said the smoking ban covers all indoor businesses, except bars and restaurants, and it goes into effect Nov. 9. Kraus said he has been fielding periodic calls from business owners wanting to comply.
When county commissioners discussed the ban this summer, few people spoke in opposition. But dozens of residents and government officials encouraged the board to approve the regulations. ...
Lori works on smoking ban
State Rep. Matt Lori is working with a bipartisan group of House lawmakers to figure out a new strategy for getting a smoking ban signed into law.
Earlier this year, the House approved legislation to ban smoking in most public places, including bars and restaurants, but that plan has since stalled in the Senate because it exempts casino gambling floors, cigar bars and tobacco shops from the proposed ban.
Senate leaders have repeatedly said they will only support a total ban, so as not to create an unfair competitive advantage for some businesses over others. Last year, the Senate approved a total smoking ban, but that plan fell six votes short in the House.
It seems pretty clear the Senate is only willing to support a
total ban, no exemptions, and I think we have enough support for a total
ban in the House, so thats the direction I think we are going
to go, said Lori, of Constantine. ...
County votes not to adopt smoking ban
WEST BRANCH Ogemaw County commissioners voted 6-1 not to adopt the Clean Indoor Air Regulation, which would have banned smoking in workplaces and work vehicles, during their regular meeting on Oct. 22.
Commissioner Beverly Scott cast the dissenting vote.
The decision will also affect the counties of Oscoda, Alcona and Iosco. All three counties had already approved the ordinance. However, because of the way the ordinance was written, it had to be approved by all four counties to become effective. Now that Ogemaw County has chosen not to approve the ordinance, which was brought forth by District Health Department No. 2, it cannot be enforced in any of the other three counties.
I think the law would make people criminals, said Commissioner Pete Hennard.
The area we need to enforce (a ban on smoking) is in restaurants, said Commissioner John West. Thats where we need to enforce it and we cant. ...
Housing Commission becomes 32nd in Michigan to adopt smoke-free policy
and 129th in the nation
temporary smoking ban during ArtPrize, The BOB makes change permanent
GRAND RAPIDS -- The B.O.B. has gone smoke-free. The permanent smoking ban comes on the heels of a temporary ban enacted during ArtPrize to protect the 158 entries on site.
Two of the B.O.B.s venues -- Eve Lounge and Crush Nightclub -- were smoke-free before ArtPrize, which was Sept. 23 through Oct. 10.
The temporary ban was such a hit The B.O.B. decided to make it permanent, said general manager Shane Philipsen.
The new ban applies to all venues, except for the outdoor patio and the 10:30 p.m. show at Dr. Grins Comedy Club.
The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, is a 70,000-square-foot, four-story building owned by The Gilmore Collection that also includes Bobarinos, B.O.B.'s Brewery, Dr. Grins Comedy Club, Gillys, J Bar, Judsons Steakhouse, Monkey Bar Resto Lounge and the Gilmore Collection Catering. ...
OK partial smoking ban
TRAVERSE CITY -- Traverse City commissioners banned smoking at beaches, picnic shelters and playground areas, but stopped short of a total smoking ban in city parks.
Commissioners decided in a 6-1 vote in favor of a smoking ban "in park buildings, shelters and designated swimming and beach areas in city parks that have waterfront or playground areas." The ban takes effect Oct. 29 and violators could be asked to stop smoking, expelled from the park or ticketed.
Commissioner Ralph Soffredine said it was a move in the right direction, but wanted a more restrictive measure to ban all tobacco in city parks. ...
Housing Commission becomes 31st in Michigan to adopt smoke-free policy
and 125th in the nation
ban regulation hearing to be held Oct. 22
OGEMAW COUNTY The countywide public hearing for the Clean Indoor Air regulation, which is being proposed by District Health Department no. 2, will be held on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m.
DHD no. 2 Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Cori Upper said the hearing is for Ogemaw County citizens to express their concerns or support to the commissioners on the regulation.
There wont be any schedule or anything like that, he said. Its just going to be an open public meeting.
There will be DHD no. 2 staff on-hand to discuss any of the provisions
included in the proposal and answer any questions at the will of the
board of commissioners, Upper said. ...
City Commissioners to decide park smoking ban
The City Commission continues to look at a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in city parks.
We're told the main reasons for the ban are to prevent unwanted second hand smoke and keep city property free of cigarette butts.
The city says a ban on all the city parks would be easier to enforce than a ban on selected areas near playground equipment and pavilions. ...
leaders discuss smoking ban in parks
TRAVERSE CITY -- Zachary Collins and Ally Smith sat near a flower bed at Traverse City's Open Space, each smoking a cigarette.
They didn't throw their cigarette butts on the ground or into Grand Traverse Bay, yet they still did something city leaders may consider banning: they smoked in a city park.
"It's our choice to do it, so why do we always get the short end of the stick?" said Collins, a downstate musician looking for work in Traverse City.
Smith said she doesn't want to light up near a family or playground, but if city commissioners banned smoking in parks, people would simply stand on sidewalks. Maybe designated smoking areas would be better, Collins said.
City commissioners discussed all that and more at their Monday meeting.
City leaders already banned smoking in workplaces, save for restaurants and bars, places they've lobbied state lawmakers to consider a ban on smoking. ...
Housing Commission becomes 31st in Michigan to adopt smoke-free policy
and 125th in the nation
Benzie workplaces to go smoke-free
SUTTONS BAY -- Leaders in Leelanau and Benzie counties made their communities' indoor workplaces smoke-free.
The law is a welcome change that will prevent public exposure to dangerous second-hand smoke, some believe, while others suggest the new law infringes on free enterprise and individual choice. The new regulation does not impact bars, restaurants, tobacco shops and tribal casinos and will become effective Nov. 16.
"I think it's a great idea," said Ed Beuerle, owner of Northern Lumber Company in Suttons Bay. ...
hearing date set for countywide smoking ban proposal
WEST BRANCH The public will have a chance to share its opinion on the proposed countywide smoking ban, during a public hearing scheduled for Sept. 24.
The hearing is set to begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Ogemaw County Buildings commissioners chambers. It will be held prior to the countys regular monthly meeting. Area residents will be given the opportunity to comment on the proposed Clean Indoor Air Regulation, which would ban smoking in public workspaces and enclosed public places.
The regulation is being brought to the county by District Health Department No. 2, which serves the four-county area of Ogemaw, Oscoda, Alcona and Iosco counties. Ogemaw County is the last of the four to see the regulation. The other three counties have already approved it. Oscoda County was the most recent, approving it on June 23 of this year. Iosco was the first to approve it in 2007. ...
not fired up by ban on smoking
While one state legislator wants to give local communities the power to ban smoking in bars and restaurants, Livingston County officials don't seems interested in it.
"It's too much government," Brighton Mayor Kate Lawrence
"It's not the government's job," she said.
Hartland Township Supervisor Bill Fountain shared a similar view of the proposal.
"I feel it should be up to each establishment if they want smoking or not," Fountain said. He's the owner of the Majestic at Lake Walden golf course, which is a smoke-free facility. ...
lets towns decide on restaurant smoking
Local governments in Michigan should be able to prohibit smoking in restaurants and bars since a proposed statewide ban remains stalled in the Legislature, a lawmaker says.
A bill sponsored by Rep. Gary McDowell, D-Rudyard, would let each county, city, township and village decide if people can smoke in local bars and restaurants. Courts have said Michigan law allows only the Legislature to ban smoking in food establishments.
McDowell said that should be changed because he does not think lawmakers will pass a ban on their own.
"It'll bring the debate back home, to every township and city hall," McDowell said in an interview. "Once one community does it, it'll start to spread across the state. It's hard to imagine which community in Michigan would want the notoriety of being the last to allow smoking in the workplace." ...
lets Michigan towns decide on restaurant smoking
A Michigan lawmaker says local governments should be able to ban smoking in restaurants and bars since a proposed statewide ban is stalled in the Legislature.
A bill sponsored by Rep. Gary McDowell would let each county, city, township and village decide if people can smoke in local bars and restaurants.
Michigan law allows only the Legislature to ban smoking in food establishments.
McDowell says the law should be changed because legislators will not pass a statewide ban.
The Rudyard Democrat had planned to testify Wednesday in a House committee, but his bill has been taken off the agenda. ...
MidMichigan Health widens smoking ban
MidMichigan Health will increase its ban on smoking on Sept. 1 at its Midland hospital and other health facilities.
Under the new policy, the health system will prohibit smoking and tobacco use in cars parked at its building locations.
"The primary goal of this policy is to reinforce MidMichigan Health's mission and commitment to create a safe and healthy environment for our patients and one another by eliminating second- and third-hand smoke," said Richard M. Reynolds, president of MidMichigan Health.
The nonprofit health provider's policy defines tobacco products as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, other lighted smoking devices and chewing tobacco. Use of these products is not permitted on any MidMichigan Health campus, including in vehicles, effective Sept. 1. ...
101: where to find non-smoking restaurants
Despite the ongoing push for legislation throughout Michigan to ban smoking in restaurants as well as most workplaces, the dust hasn't settled yet (nor have the ashes). It can only be hoped, for those with asthma, tobacco allergy, and any other respiratory problems, that this issue will soon be resolved once and for all. Despite the smokers' insistence that they have a right to pursue their habit, there is nothing in either the state's or nation's constitutions guaranteeing anyone the right to befoul the air and donate carcinogens and a myriad of other noxious substances to the lungs of everyone around them. . . .
Rejoice, healthy-breathing afficionados! There are restaurants in the Detroit area that have gone smoke-free. A list of such eateries follows (note: it's best to call ahead, in case of either a need for reservations, or to check on the status of their smokelessness, as restaurants are often subject to sudden changes): ...
board approves anti-smoking measures (MI)
The Muskegon County Board of Commissioners has made an emphatic statement against smoking inside county workplaces and public buildings.
The board Tuesday unanimously approved the "Muskegon County Clean Indoor Air Regulation," a comprehensive smoking ban that covers most inside workplaces -- except restaurants, bars and specialty tobacco shops.
In other businesses, the ban will cover "all enclosed public and private worksites and public places within Muskegon County," according to the ordinance.
The board also approved a letter of support urging the state Legislature
to enact a statewide smoking ban that would include restaurants and
bars. Those businesses are currently exempt from smoking bans approved
by county boards. ...
commission to act on smoking ban
More workers in Muskegon County may soon be breathing easier at their places of employment.
This Tuesday, the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners will vote on a Indoor Clean Air Regulation that, if passed, will ban smoking tobacco in most private worksites. That will protect workers from secondhand smoke exposure.
A recommendation to approve the regulation which has already been adopted by 27 counties and three cities in Michigan, was made the commissions Human Resources Committee. Passage of the regulation is expected since the Human Resources Committee is a committee of the whole of the commission, and commissioners unanimously approved it 10-0 with Commissioner Charles Nash (District 7) excused. ...
ruling highlights need for ban
The Michigan Supreme Court recently gave legal sanction, indirectly, to an Ingham County regulation that requires eateries to put the "non" in "non-smoking" seating areas. The court's decision last month in a case out of Charlevoix County was a welcome endorsement of local authority to protect the public health.And the smoking regulations backed by the court are essentially "copied" from Ingham County's plan adopted late last year, says Commissioner Andy Schor.
As good as these regulations are, they are not as beneficial as a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants and bars would be.
Neither the four-county Northwest Michigan Health Agency nor Ingham County banned smoking from eateries with their regs. They couldn't because the state reserves that power for itself.
What Ingham did do, though, was utilize its power under public health
law to require retailers to do more to separate the smoking zones from
the no-smoking ones than place some signs or scoot some tables a few
inches. Ventilation systems to keep the smoke from the non-smokers are
now required. ...
County Board to weigh smoking ban for businesses, public places
MUSKEGON COUNTY -- One by one, residents, business owners and health officials urged the Muskegon County board to approve a smoking ban they say would protect employees and visitors to workplaces and other public buildings across the county.
More than 20 people testified during a county commission public hearing
Tuesday -- all of whom supported the "Muskegon County Clean Indoor
Air Regulation." After the hearing, the board, meeting as the human
resources committee, tentatively approved two clean indoor air measures.
counties consider smoking ban
The possibility of a statewide smoking ban has been a hot topic of debate in Lansing for quite some time, but after a recent ruling, some individual counties are now holding their own discussions regarding the matter.
In a unanimous decision, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that counties can now make stricter smoking laws than the state government. This will allow counties to continue deciding on smoking bans in local business establishments, with the exception of restaurants and bars, which are still left up to state lawmakers to decide.
County commissioners in the mid-Michigan area, including Isabella County, appear to be split down the middle on the issue.
"It's been a topic of discussion," said District 6 Commission
Chairman David Ling. "Some are animatedly supporting it and some
are animatedly against it." ...
Ordinance to ban smoking in public parks snuffed out
An ordinance to ban smoking in city parks failed in its second and final reading at last Wednesday's City Council meeting.
The ordinance would have made it unlawful for a person to smoke on
or within 30 of feet of bleachers or baseball backstops at any city
Voting against the ordinance were Councilmen Jeffery Bolton and John Rowe and Councilwoman Kalley Hess. Voting yes were Councilwomen Sue Herman and Stacy Striz, who proposed the ordinance. Councilman Joe Alvarado was absent. ...
Court Upholds Regional Smoking Ban
LANSING, MI (MPRN) - The state Supreme Court has upheld a regional ban on smoking in offices, shops, and factories.
The ban covers Emmet, Antrim, and Otsego counties in northwest Michigan. The court rejected a claim the ordinance violates employers' rights to run their businesses.
Two dozen Michigan cities and counties also have limits on workplace smoking.
Emily Palsrok is with the Michigan Campaign for Smoke-Free Air. She
says the decision is encouraging. But Palsrok says local governments
cannot ban smoking in bars and restaurants. She says that's why a state
law is needed. ...
of waiting for legislature to act, Ann Arbor restaurants ban ...
Throwing darts at Arbor Brewing Company on Tuesday night, Andre and Natalie Barroso were looking forward to August, when the pub and eatery goes smoke-free.
"It's great," said Natalie, a sometimes smoker. "I only smoke a pack a month and I don't want to do that."
Several establishments in downtown Ann Arbor have decided they can't wait for a state-wide smoking ban, and recently made the leap to go smoke-free, or are about to do it.
The Full Moon banned smoking inside its Main Street location in April. The Earle on Washington Street, which permitted smoking only at its wine bar, restricted it to late-night hours in mid - June, and has since banned smoking altogether.
And now Arbor Brewing Company has announced smoking will be banned inside its Washington Street pub starting Aug. 3. As at The Full Moon, smoking will still be allowed outside on sidewalk tables. When those tables are closed in the winter, the pub is figuring out a way to still accommodate smokers outside.
"Sure, I know I've lost customers, but I also hope that I'm picking up other customers," said Dennis Webster, owner of The Earle. "I certainly had hoped the state legislature would act and make it uniform across the state but they seem to be pretty unable to do that." ...
high court: Counties can pass smoking rules
CADILLAC - Although many states in the union have passed bans on smoking in restaurants and bars, Michigan isnt one of them. And it seems that the status quo will remain for now as the Michigan Supreme Court has said that counties can put more stringent anti-smoking rules into place than state lawmakers.
Courts have said that only state legislatures can ban smoking in restaurants and bars. But local governments are prohibiting smoking inside businesses because of secondhand smoke risks. And now, they can continue to do so.
All seven justices on the Michigan high court said Tuesday that local officials can adopt stricter smoking regulations than the state to safeguard public health. ...
Air in Detroit Casinos Deemed Unhealthy
Lansing, Mich. - Despite the claim that their air ventilation systems address the dangers of secondhand smoke, air quality testing (AQT) conducted in Detroit's three casinos revealed indoor pollution levels that are eight times higher than outdoor air.
The testing at each of Detroit's three casinos was sponsored by the Campaign for Smokefree Air and took place on Saturday, April 18, 2009. The tests measured the amount of tobacco smoke derived fine particle air pollution in each casino. Each location was measured over a 40-minute period using the TSI SidePak AM510 Personal Aerosol Monitor.
"Results from the air quality assessments in each casino reinforce
that casinos need to be included in smokefree legislation," said
Katherine Knoll, spokesperson for CSA and senior director of advocacy
for the American Heart Association. "Casino workers deserve the
same protection as any other employee. These workers are unfortunately
exposed to high levels of air pollution on a daily basis in order to
earn a paycheck." [The MGM Grand issued a
press release in rebuttal.]
Department to propose smoking ban in Ogemaw County
OGEMAW COUNTY County commissioners will soon be asked to approve a countywide smoking ban in public places that has been proposed by District Health Department No. 2.
The Clean Indoor Air Regulation would ban smoking in public workspaces and enclosed public places, according to Cori Upper, DHD No. 2s emergency preparedness coordinator. This would include employee vehicles.
Oscoda Countys commissioners passed the smoking ban on June 23 with a 4-1 vote, becoming the third county in the district to approve the ban. Iosco County was the first to approve it in 2007, and Alcona County followed earlier this year. Upper said in order for the ban to be enforced by the health department, all four counties must approve it.
What weve done is create a resolution so that the county can adopt the resolution but choose to apply the regulation or not, Upper said.
In other words, Ogemaw County can pass the regulation, but choose not to enforce it within the county. Iosco, Alcona and Oscoda counties have all chosen to apply the regulation.
Upper said enforcement of the regulation will be complaint-driven.
George urges vote on smoking ban
KALAMAZOO -- To Republican state Sen. Tom George's chagrin, the Republican-controlled Senate has yet to move on the workplace-smoking-ban bill that the Democrat-controlled Michigan House passed in late May.
George, a candidate for governor who is eager to vote in favor of a ban, said it is the most common issue that people raise when they speak with him.
``I've been trying to let my leadership know that this is something that my constituency largely wants. I'm eager to vote on it, and I hope we deal with it soon,'' said George, whose 20th District covers Kalamazoo County as well as Paw Paw and Antwerp townships in Van Buren County. ...
officials push smoking restrictions
State Rep. Gary McDowell, D-Rudyard, agreed to sponsor a bill in the Michigan Legislature to allow local control of smoking in bars and restaurants. It would give local officials the authority to ban smoking in such places and could spur legislators in Lansing to enact a statewide ban, McDowell said.
"This would allow local units of government to go ahead and make this decision themselves, rather than waiting on Lansing. It's a long process and I'm not sure we can get it done on a state level," he said.
Traverse City officials sought McDowell's help because the local state representative, Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, opposes the idea and said smoking rules should be set by business and property owners. ...
regulation approved by Benzie-Leelanau Board of Health; Now goes to
House passes indoor smoking ban that exempts cigar bars, tobacco shops
and Detroit casinos, but passage in Senate is uncertain
A House-authored indoor smoking ban like the one approved last year now heads to the Senate, still absent an agreement between the two chambers that doomed the effort in 2008.
The proposed ban that would apply to nearly all indoor workplaces in Michigan, including bars and restaurants, easily passed Tuesday, 73-31, after attempts to weaken or strengthen it were defeated.
Cigar bars, tobacco specialty shops and the gaming floors of Detroit's three commercial casinos would be the lone exceptions in a bill that would make Michigan the 37th state to enact broad prohibitions on workplace smoking.
"It was the best we could get, which is a lot better than what we have now," said Rep. Richard Ball, R-Laingsburg.
Last year, however, the Senate stripped out those exemptions. The bill died months later when House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford, declined to schedule a post-election vote that smoking opponents were confident they would have won. ...
hard to find on proposed state smoking ban
Students might be forced to put their cigarettes out if a proposal approved last week by a state House committee becomes law.
The ban would prohibit smoking in workplaces such as restaurants and bars, with the exception of smoke shops and gaming floors in commercial casinos.
The proposed ban is facing criticism from state officials and business associations, which claim a ban could hurt businesses fighting to survive in a tough economy.
Studies we have seen in other states (show that) the small bars and restaurants are going to be severely affected for the first two to three years in Michigan, that will cost jobs for smaller businesses, said Lance Binoniemi, executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association.
Business only might be temporarily hurt, said Eric Skusa, general manager at The Peanut Barrel Restaurant ...
smoking ban clears 1st hurdle
LANSING -- A proposed ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and other work sites got a new breath of life in the Legislature on Wednesday, encouraged by the state's leading physicians group.
"Get this done, however you have to do it," implored Dr. Michael Sandler, past president of the Michigan State Medical Society, in a meeting with top legislative leaders.
Minutes earlier, a House committee voted 9-1 for a smoking ban that would exempt Detroit's casinos, and cigar bars and smoke shops statewide. ...
Michigan lawmakers should do their duty and decide on smoking ban
State Sen. Tupac Hunter, D-Detroit, has proposed a well-worn solution to the legislative logjam on a workplace smoking ban in Michigan: Let voters decide the issue for themselves. But the reason we send representatives to Lansing is to make these sorts of decisions, not to kick the can back to the people.
Republicans say nothing less than a full ban would be fair, while Democrats seek exceptions for bingo halls, smoke shops and the Detroit casinos. If Hunter's legislative referendum is passed by both the House and Senate and signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a full ban on workplace smoking will be presented to voters on the November 2010 statewide ballot. If passed, it will become part of the Michigan Constitution.
But our lawmakers could make this decision among themselves without fiddling with our constitution.
Michiganians elect politicians to make the choices that we're too busy working, raising families and paying taxes to make. If our legislators can't fill that basic role, perhaps it is their futures, and not the future of workplace smoking, that should be on the line on the 2010 ballot. ...
wants voters to decide on smoking
LANSING -- The Legislature should give Michigan voters the final word on whether to prohibit smoking in workplaces, including bars and restaurants, a lawmaker said Wednesday.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Tupac Hunter, D-Detroit, would put a proposed workplace smoking ban on the November 2010 statewide ballot. ...
to ban smoking on all campuses
Smokers at the University of Michigan already have to go outside, but beginning in 2011, they'll have to go off campus to light up, officials announced Monday.
"There's no question that direct smoke and secondhand smoke ... creates an unhealthy environment," said Robert Winfield, U-M's chief health officer and co-chairman of the Smoke-Free University Steering Committee. "This is a difficult task ... but it appears necessary in order to create the best possible environment for our students and employees and to help contain health care costs."
The plan, part of the Smoke-Free University Initiative, is expected to take effect July 1, 2011, and include all grounds and buildings on all three U-M campuses. U-M would become the largest university in Michigan to go smoke-free. Some 260 nationwide already have
business owners quiet on proposed smoking ban
"If we need a compromise and remove casinos from the ban right now, and then re-examine that part later, then do it. But let's get 90 percent of this done," Jacobs continued.
Jacobs was referring to the legislature's delay last week of a proposed statewide smoking ban.
"One of the major hits to the economy is health care costs, with a ban we can do something to directly impact this," she said.
Area bar and restaurant owners are keeping a close eye on Lansing to see whether a move to ban smoking in public places will finally reach a vote. ...
shelves workplace smoking ban
Lansing -- Advocates of a workplace smoking ban in Michigan will have to wait at least a few more months for the issue to return in the Legislature.
House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, said he has decided the House should zero in this spring on balancing the cash-strapped budget and creating jobs in the wounded economy.
"The smoking ban is an important issue, but jobs and the budget are more important right now," Dillon said. "I see us getting back to the smoking issue by summer."
Senate Republicans agree.
"Until we get our unemployment rate down, issues like the smoking
ban are not a good use of the Legislature's time," said Matt Marsden,
spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester. ...
vote postponed for state smoking ban
Smoking on Friday in Genesee County restaurants?
supports smoking ban
May Clear The Air Of Cigarette Smoke At Casinos
Lawmakers in the state of Michigan have heard the rumblings. They go something like this, "if a smoking ban is put in place we will lose all of our business," or, "smokers have the right to smoke in public and if people don't like it they can go somewhere else."
Those are great arguments for continuing to pollute the air that other people breathe, but the facts still remain the same. In Michigan, up to 3,000 people a year are killed because of secondhand smoke.
That is why lawmakers are now discussing a Bill that would eliminate
smoking in all public areas, including casinos. The risk of losing revenue
is no longer the issue for these lawmakers, saving lives is.
public smoking ban debate reopens in Lansing (MI)
A renewed effort to ban smoking in Michigan restaurants, bars and all public places will get a hearing at noon before a House committee.
There's no legislation pending, and the meeting is meant to reopen the debate, said Rep. Bert Johnson, D-Detroit, chairman of the House Regulatory Reform Committee.
"We're going to do something and do it practically and reasonably,"
Johnson said. "I hope we can be on one page. I want to let the
public know that this Legislature is serious about passing a workplace
Reintroduce Smoke Free Legislation
Lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that would make all Michigan businesses smoke free, but a Lansing bar and restaurant is already taking a step in that direction. Sammy's Lounge in south Lansing on Jolly Road is now smoke free. Workers there hope their plan to clear the air will bring in more customers. If you walk into Sammy's Lounge, you may notice something missing- smoke.
Mark Corey, owner: "We thought, hey, let's try it and see how it goes."
And that's exactly what owner Mark Corey did by making the restaurant side of Sammy's smoke free.
Mark Corey: "We're a neighborhood bar and restaurant and we want the families to come in."
So far his plan is working.
counties, businesses clash on smoking bans
Northern Michigan logger Roger Griffin got so upset about the anti-smoking restrictions Charlevoix County imposed on local businesses that he filed a lawsuit. . . .
The hopes of Griffin and four other plaintiffs are riding on the Michigan Supreme Court, which is weighing a legal question that affects workplaces across the state: Can communities put more stringent smoking rules in place than lawmakers?
Courts already have ruled that only the Legislature can ban smoking in restaurants and bars. But local governments have been prohibiting smoking inside other businesses, prodded by health advocates worried about the risks of secondhand smoke.
The movement started in Marquette a dozen years ago but has gained momentum more recently, spreading to 21 counties and three cities that represent nearly half of Michigan's population.
prisons snuff out tobacco products on Feb. 1
LANSING, Mich. (AP) Corrections officer Rod Coston spends his afternoons and evenings guarding prison inmates as they walk between buildings at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia.
Most days, he smokes a pack of cigarettes during his eight hours on the job. But starting next Sunday, Coston won't be able to turn to his favorite stress reliever while he's at work.
The state's 41 prisons go tobacco-free that day. Until then, inmates
and prison staff can continue smoking in outdoor prison areas, although
they haven't been able to smoke inside since the 1990s.
must now make workplaces smoke-free
Basham is building a bipartisan anti-smoking caucus, and,
if the Legislature fails to act, intends to take a ban to the voters
with a 2010 ballot proposal. ...
Smoking Ban Would Help Reduce Heart Attack Admissions
The number of heart attack patients admitted to Michigan hospitals could be significantly reduced if a statewide public smoking ban were implemented, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.
Researchers looked at the average number of hospital admissions from 1999-2006 in Michigan for what is known as acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack, and concluded that a smoking ban could lead to 3,340 fewer admissions annually.
"If Michigan were to implement a comprehensive smoking ban tomorrow, we would see a 12 percent drop in heart attack admissions after the first year," says Mouaz Al-Mallah, M.D., Henry Ford's director of Cardiac Imaging Research and lead author of the study.
While the study did not look at medical care costs, researchers theorize the reduction in admissions could mean substantial savings to health care providers.
Smoking ban would not hurt state's economy
LANSING - A total ban on smoking would not economically harm Michigan restaurants and bars and would protect both customers and employees from diseases caused by second-hand smoke, a new report concludes.
"The evidence is overwhelming, there is no net effect on the industry," said Ken Sikkema, who led the study by Public Sector Consultants of Lansing. He called the study the most complete review of smoking bans in other states and research of the effects of second-hand smoke.
He said the report covers 43 studies that show smoking bans have not hurt business at bars and restaurants in other states. Twenty-four states ban smoking in bars and restaurants; four ban smoking in restaurants only.
lounge makes airport the butt of jokes
Capital Airport officials announced that the beautiful new $45 million terminal
wouldn't have a restaurant because of Federal Aviation Administration dithering,
we were told there wasn't much anyone could do about it.
recognized for anti-tobacco efforts: Smokefree Award