In Michigan
5:14 pm
Fri December 18, 2009

Governor Granholm signs smoking ban

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm signed a workplace smoking ban into law Friday at a pub in downtown Lansing.

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Michigan Brewing Company is based out of Webberville, but opened this pub in downtown Lansing a few months ago. Governor Jennifer Granholm.

"So it's a great day!"

Dozens of lawmakers and advocates filled the place that has been smoke free and popular since it opened.

"Thank you for allowing us to be here, because this is a smoke-free place."

Governor Granholm turned to the pub owner standing behind the bar.

"And he has been successful!"

Many bar and restaurant owners have said they fear their businesses will flounder or fail under a smoking ban. But advocates of smoke-free workplaces say states that approve smoking bans often see increases in business. All of Michigan's bars and restaurants will be smoke free in May of next year.