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Smoking Ban
(2007-12-11)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Efforts to ban smoking in Michigan bars,
restaurants and other workplaces have hit a road block in the state
Senate.
Republicans sent the smoking ban measure to a committee where
many bills go to die. Democrats tried to steer it to the health
policy committee instead because the committee's Republican
chairman supports the ban.
Democrats on Tuesday accused the GOP majority of ignoring a U.S.
surgeon general report that says breathing any amount of secondhand
smoke harms nonsmokers.
Republican Majority Leader Mike Bishop says workplaces should be
free to decide whether to allow smoking or not, and government
shouldn't interfere with private businesses such as restaurants and
bars.
The state House last week voted to ban smoking in most
workplaces.
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