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MLive readers divided on change to Michigan's smoke-free law

Publication Date: 2013-09-03
  • Author:Heather Jordan
  • Publication:Bay City Times

A recent change to Michigan's smoke-free law is dividing MLive readers. Some say it's a good thing, others that it's a step in the wrong direction.

Because of the change announced Monday, Aug. 19, and effective immediately, smokers can light up on outdoor patios and rooftops at some bars and restaurants as long as food service and preparation or drinking is not taking place there at the time.

The law previously read that smoking was not allowed in any place where patrons were intended to receive food or beverages, said Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams.

"My clarification just says ... if there's food (or beverage) being prepared, served or provided -- no smoking," she said of outdoor patios and rooftops.

Now, for example, a bar or restaurant owner could stop food and beverage service on an outdoor patio or rooftop at 8 p.m. and allow smoking in that outdoor space after that...