Michigan Anti-Smoking Law Takes Effect (Monitor: May 3, 2010)
The days of smoking in public, indoor areas in Michigan – including credit unions – have come to a close as a new anti-smoking law took effect May 1. The language of the law prohibits individuals from smoking in “a public place or a meeting of a public body.” A public place is defined as “an enclosed, indoor place of employment that contains one or more work areas.”
The owner, operator, manager, or other person having control of a public place, a food service establishment, or a casino must do all of the following:
• Clearly and conspicuously post "no smoking” signs or the international "no smoking" symbol at the entrances to and in every building or other area where smoking is prohibited under the Act;
• Remove all ashtrays and other smoking paraphernalia from anywhere smoking is prohibited under the Act;
• Inform individuals smoking in violation of this act that they are in violation of state law and subject to penalties;
• If applicable, refuse to serve an individual smoking in violation of the Act; and
• Ask an individual smoking in violation of this act to refrain from doing so and, if the individual continues to smoke in violation of the Act, ask him/her to leave.
The Act will be enforced by the Department of Community Health, which could authorize local health departments to carry out the enforcement. Violations would be subject to a civil fine of up to $100 for a first violation and up to $500 for a second or subsequent violation. A person making a false statement on an affidavit would be guilty of perjury.
More information is available from the Michigan Policy Network here.