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Pressure Increases Against State-Wide Public Smoking Ban

DETROIT (WWJ) – There appears to be increasing pressure against Michigan’s ban on smoking in public workplaces.

The law is now more than a year old, and many restaurants and businesses say the smoking ban has been devastating to their bottom line.

WWJ’s Rob Sanford spoke with Peter Ruddell of the American Heart Association, who said he thinks it’s been a real plus for the state.

“From a big picture level, it’s been a positive for Michigan’s economy. You know, I think that there are probably some who would argue that there are some particular businesses that have suffered, but I can’t dispute that,” Ruddell said.

A new effort has been launched by restaurant and bar owners to ban state lawmakers from their places of businesses. (Read more here) The ban would begin on October 1st.

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