Today at a Lansing brew pub, Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a bill that makes most of Michigan smoke-free in early 2010.
As a longtime non-smoker, I am pleased. But I also wonder -- will this negatively affect businesses that depending on non-smokers and smokers alike to fill their seats?
According to The Detroit Free Press:
The new law prohibits smoking in all public and work areas, including private clubs that serve food or employ one or more people. It applies to enclosed, indoor places as well as outdoor dining areas at restaurants. Detroit's casino gaming floors were given exemptions from the ban, after the casinos argued they would lose tens of millions of dollars as smoking customers would flee to Indian-run casinos that are not subject to the state smoking ban. But the casino bars and restaurants must be smoke-free. Cigar bars, tobacco specialty shops and vehicles and homes used for employment are exempt from the ban.
We are now among the 37 other states that passed similar bills.