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Court decision may impact local smoking law

Publication Date: 1/29/2009
  • Author:MELISSA DOMSIC
  • Publication:Traverse City (MI) Record-Eagle

A local workplace smoking ban could be snuffed out if the Michigan Supreme Court sides with business owners challenging similar rules in some northern Michigan counties.

Traverse City is one of four Michigan cities that regulate workplace smoking, as do 21 counties. The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department also is considering smoke-free worksite regulations.

But some residents and business owners in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties contend smoking ordinances passed there in 2005 are preempted by state law. The Michigan Supreme Court is expected to rule on their lawsuit by the end of July.

Traverse City's workplace smoking ban took effect in 2007, and city officials now want to add to it and regulate smoking in city bars and restaurants.