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Granholm gives lift to anti-tobacco forces

Publication Date: 11/15/2006
  • Author:Thomas P. Morgan
  • Publication:City Pulse, MI

Governor pledges to approve a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants

It was the most definitive sign yet that Michigan could soon join a growing number of states that have banned smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places.

In the third gubernatorial debate against challenger Dick DeVos, Gov. Jennifer Granholm told Michigan voters she would make Michigan smoke-free if legislation to ban smoking was presented to her.

“I think the governor said it,” said Liz Boyd, press secretary for the governor, who was re-elected Nov. 8. “If legislation arrives on her desk, she’ll sign it.”

House Bills 4624 and 4625 and Senate Bills 394 and 395, introduced in April of 2005, would prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants. The bills, which stalled in committee, were aimed at reducing the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States.