Michigan Judge Rules On Smoking Ban

From the freep.com

A Macomb County Circuit Court judge today did not rule the Michigan smoking ban is unconstitutional, but he denied an injunction by the county health department, essentially saying it can’t collect a $500 fine from a Warren bar owner cited for violating the ban.

“I’m not granting the injunction,” Judge Edward Servitto told Jill Smith, a lawyer with the county’s corporation counsel when she asked about a civil penalty. “Sporty O’Toole’s, you’re not going to be smoking and drinking.”

It was the first smoking-ban challenge in the county with the ruling coming just months after a judge in the Upper Peninsula dismissed a lawsuit filed by a renegade American Legion post in Baraga seeking to bar enforcement in its tavern.

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Read which businesses can apply for a smoking ban exemption here 

Have you observed restaurants or bars ignoring the smoking ban?

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