2010 : Michigan Bans Smoking in Public Areas, Including Restaurants

May 1, 2022 all-day

As of May 1, 2010, smoking is generally prohibited in Michigan public places, places of employment and food service establishments.  Exceptions have been made for cigar bars and tobacco specialty stores and for gambling areas of casinos if in existence on May 1, 2010.  Here you will find more detailed information about the law, its exemptions, frequently asked questions, tools for communities to prepare for the law, and tobacco dependence treatment information for business and citizens.

Employers and restaurants should have done the following:

  • Remove ashtrays and other smoking paraphernalia from the workplace.
  • Post “no smoking signs” and place them at each entrance to the workplace and throughout the building and work areas.
  • Update personnel policies and handbooks
  • Inform employees, vendors, customers, or visitors that smoking is prohibited by law and subject to penalties
  • Ask any employee or individual smoking in violation of the law to stop, and request that they leave the work area if they refuse
  • Train employees and/or supervisors on how to handle individuals who are in violation of the law

The League website will be updated frequently as it receives more information.



Sample No-Smoking Policy

State of Michigan, Department of Community Health

The Dr. Ron Davis Smoke Free Air Law

Sample No-Smoking Checklist 

“[NO SMOKING] New Michigan Law Bans Puffing in the Workplace,”  Miller Canfield 

“Michigan Smoking Ban Becomes Effective:  Is Your Workplace Ready?”  Clark Hill

“The New Michigan No Smoking Law:  What Every Employer Must Know,” Nemeth Burwell

“No Ifs, ands or butts – employers need to be ready to go smokefree,” Bodman, LLP

“Smoking Ban,” Foster Swift

“Michigan’s New Smokefree Law, What You Need To Know,” American Cancer Society

Source: Michigan Municipal League

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