Michigan Smoking Ban Approved By The House And Senate Majority
A smoking ban was passed today in the state of Michigan by the House and Senate majority. The ban will apply to all bars, restaurants, workplaces except for three Detroit area casinos and cigar bars. Michiganians will still be able to smoke at home and inside their vehicles. It is reported that the reaction to the enactment of the ban has been mixed. The ban is taking effect in May 2010.
The governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm is also in the support of the ban.
“The majority of Michigan workers will have a smoke-free work environment, and there will be less cases of cancer, asthma, heart disease, the list goes on and on,” Stewart said. “Second-hand smoke is a real killer and a real disease cause in our state, so this is huge.”
A study done in the U.S. in 2006 found that smoking bans are not likely to harm businesses and might even contribute to increased business activities. California was the first American state to enact a state-wide ban on public smoking in 1995. Florida was the next state to follow. New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Iowa and Ohio all have smoking bans too. In all, 37 states have enacted some sort of a smoking ban in the United States.