Counties get limited anti-smoking authority

Smoking_Logo “The state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that counties have the authority to pass tougher smoking bans than state lawmakers.

The decision by the Michigan Supreme Court shifts the debate on smoke-free workplaces from Lansing, where state lawmakers failed to institute a statewide ban last year, to local communities. However, the ability to ban smoking in bars and restaurants still resides with legislators.

In 2005, Emmet, Antrim and Otsego counties instituted a new set of regulations that required public and private work sites to create and implement a smoke-free policy, prohibiting smoking in all enclosed areas. Exceptions were carved out for casinos, bars, restaurants and private residences, except those used as a child care, adult day care or health care facility. Enforcement of these rules is driven by complaints.  Courier  [Go Antrim!]  

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