Michigan's Smoke-Free Indoor Air Law: Frequently Asked Questions

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Beginning May 1, 2010, smoking is prohibited in most public places in Michigan. The law will cover any workplace and any food service establishment. A workplace is a site employing at least one person. A food service establishment is any place with a license to serve food or beverages. This law covers public places, including, but not limited to:

  • restaurants,
  • bars,
  • shopping malls,
  • bowling alleys,
  • concert halls,
  • arenas,
  • museums,
  • mechanic shops,
  • health facilities,
  • nursing homes,
  • education facilities, and
  • childcare centers.

The sections that follow include answers to the most frequently asked questions about Michigan's Smoke-Free Indoor Air Law (Public Act No. 188 of 2009, as amended). If you need more information or have a question that isn't included here, please contact the MDHHS Tobacco Section at 517-335-8376.

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