LANSING - The Michigan State House of Representatives has passed a comprehensive
smoking ban that excludes casinos, bingo halls, horse tracks, smoker's shops, or
registered cigar bars. It would make it illegal to smoke inside any other place
of business including bars and restaurants.
The bill is supported by Governor Jennifer Granholm and most Democrat
Representatives but will likely be voted down in the Michigan Senate.
Tobacco taxes generate significant revenues for Michigan, which leads the
country with the highest tax rate for tobacco products.
Many counties in Michigan that have passed their own smoking bans, but
restaurants and bars have been exempt.
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