Clearing the Air, Part I
Groups like the American Cancer Society have fought a long battle for a smoke-free Michigan, and starting Saturday, that battle will be over. The law bans smoking in public places like bars, restaurants, hotels, or anywhere else that serves food or drinks. That includes smoking on any outdoor patios where food or drinks are served. Violators of the ban can be fined up to $100 for a first offense, and $500 for additional offenses. With the ban starting Saturday, local businesses have mixed emotions. There are still some places where smokers can light up, like cigar bars and tobacco specialty shops. 9&10's Cali O'Rourke and photojournalist Stephanie Adkins have more details in our first part of our special report, Clearing the Air.