Report: Smoking Ban Holiday Protest Planned 12-27-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Report: Smoking Ban Holiday Protest Planned 12-27-2010

In an effort to protest a statewide smoking ban, some bar and restaurants may allow their customers to light up a cigarette on New Year’s Eve.
Ed Deeb, president of the Michigan Food and Beverage Association, told WWJ-TV CBS Detroit the goal is to have several hundred bar owners participate in the protest, “to show their dissatisfaction of the smoking ban.”
The smoking ban took effect on May 1 and some bar owners say they have lost money because of it.
Deeb told the television station that Michigan bar owners participating in the protest -- will begin at 9 p.m. after minors have left.
According to the report, the state Department of Public Health says there have been 486 reports of violations since the ban took effect, with more than 150 citations being written up.
TV5 talked with several local bar owners who admit they like the idea of allowing smokers a chance to light up for one night, but say the risks associated with the protest and potential fines by the state are just too high.
The law applies to all bars, restaurants and workplaces except for casinos, cigar bars, tobacco specialty stores, home offices and motor vehicles.
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