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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