Four separate bills have been introduced by state Reps. Doug Geiss, D-Taylor, Tom McMillin, R–Rochester Hills, and Tim Melton, D-Pontiac, as well as state Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, that would allow smoking in Michigan businesses in either smoking rooms, on outdoor patios or in licensed clubs, including veterans’ organizations.

Because the decline in business for restaurants and bars has been dramatic, exemptions to the smoking ban should be considered, Melton said. Patrons previously accustomed to frequenting such establishments and enjoying smoking cigarettes while they ate and drank no longer bring their business."

Smoking bans are bad for business, they always have been. Too bad these legislators didn’t figure that out before they passed indoor smoking bans. There is no reason why there can’t be smoking establishments and non-smoking ones, of course, it doesn’t fit into the health nannies view of the world – does it?



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