Beginning May 1, smoking will be prohibited in public places, places of employment and food service establishments.
Although initially billed as a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, the new law is more far reaching than most initially realized. According to Public Act 188 of 2009, smoking is banned in places of employment, referring to an enclosed indoor area that contains one or more work areas for one or more persons employed by a public or private employer. Therefore, MITA now believes as most other business groups are coming to realize, that this smoking ban applies to ALL places of business across the state (except Detroit casinos, cigar bars and other specifically-exempted locations).
There are currently discussions going on about designated smoking areas and outdoor smoking areas are permitted under the law.
The Department of Community Health and local health agencies will be the enforcement agencies for the no-smoking provisions. Violations would be subject to a civil fine of up to $100 for a first violation and up to $500 for a subsequent violation. Click here for a copy of the new law or click here to see an analysis. The Department of Community Health has created a toll-free hotline at 866-597-6653 or you can find information about the new law at: www.michigan.gov/smokefreelaw.
If you have questions about this legislation or implementing a no smoking policy with in your company, please contact the MITA office. Please feel free to contact Mike Nystrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or Keith Ledbetter at email@example.com or call the MITA office at 517-347-8336 with any questions or comments.