"We could never win at the local level... So the Tobacco Institute and tobacco companies' first priority has always been to preempt the field, preferably to put it all on a federal level, but if they can't do that, at least on the state level."Victor L. Crawford
Michigan's workplaces, restaurants, and bars are smokefree!
On May 1, 2010, all of Michigan's non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, and bars are smokefree. After ten years of debate, Michigan's legislature enacted the smokefree law, which was signed by Governor Granholm on December 18, 2009. Congratulations to all the individuals, organizations, and policymaker champions that helped speak up and take action to achieve this public health victory!
To learn about the new smokefree law, visit MI Department of Health's webpage at www.michigan.gov/smokefreelaw or call 1-866-59-SMOKE.
Unfortunately, casino floors were exempted from the law due to politics and gaming industry lobbyists. The law is a historic step forward and will protect the health of millions in Michigan, but it's important to remember that the 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.
To learn about smokefree efforts in Michigan, visit www.makemiairsmokefree.org.
Michigan law preempts local governments from enacting smoking restrictions in restaurants and bars, due to a 2001 ruling by a Michigan appeals court. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Michigan.
Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.
Michigan's 2016 Legislative Session: January 13 - December 31
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