Partial smoking ban clears 1st hurdle
Publication Date: 5/21/2009
- Author:CHRIS CHRISTOFF
- Publication:Detroit Free Press
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...
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.
Last year, a smoking ban fizzled because the House and Senate could not agree on whether to exempt Detroit's casinos. But antismoking forces regrouped, emboldened by news that in North Carolina -- a leading tobacco producer -- the governor signed a bill Tuesday banning smoking in bars and restaurants, but exempting cigar bars and private clubs.
Still, a Michigan ban remains uncertain. Committee Chairman Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park, hinted that he would pursue more exemptions for bars that restrict clientele to age 21 and over.