Michigan Smoking: What you need to know

The Dr. Ron M. Davis Smoke-free Air Law prohibits smoking in public places and almost all enclosed workplaces with one or more employees. Included in the prohibition are any place that serves food or beverages, including restaurants, bars, and hotels and their outdoor patios, as well as private clubs with employees.

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Exemptions. Smoking is allowed in home offices, commercial trucks and motor vehicles, and in cigar bars and tobacco specialty shops that are in existence on the effective date of the law. Also exempted from the prohibition are the gaming floors and restaurants of Detroit's casinos. Michigan's 20 Native American casinos are not covered by state law.

Compliance. "No Smoking" signs or the international no smoking symbol must be placed conspicuously at all entrances to buildings or areas where smoking is prohibited, and equipment and furnishing related to smoking, such as ashtrays, must be removed. More compliance information for businesses will be available from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) at http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2940_2955_2973_55026---,00.html.

Penalties. Penalties for individuals and owners or operators of businesses who violate the law are $100 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.

Michigan's Clean Indoor Air Act, provides that no one may smoke in a public place or public-sector workplace, except in designated smoking areas (DSAs). The law includes state and local government owned and leased buildings (including enclosed garages), offices, and vehicles; offices; long-term medical care facilities; common areas and patient areas of healthcare offices (whether private or public); nursing homes and homes for ...

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