Genesee County Health Department
Better Life Through Better Health
Date: April 14, 2010
Date: Immediate Release End Date: May 31, 2010
Goldon Phone: (810) 341-5898
Going Smoke-free May 1, 2010
Department of Community Health (MDCH) kicked off a Public Education Campaign to
raise awareness about the statewide smoke-free air law, which takes effect May
1, 2010. As part of the campaign, a large number of local community tobacco
coalitions and health agencies, including the Genesee County Health Department,
will be providing presentations to community groups and businesses about the
specifics of the law during April and May 2010.
Department of Community Health has developed a website,
, that communicates the details of the law, provides information for businesses
on how to comply with the law, and contains affidavits for businesses wishing to
apply for the cigar bar and tobacco specialty shop exemptions. The website also
includes a Frequently Asked Questions document that answers the most commonly
asked questions regarding the law. In addition, a new television Public Service
Announcement (PSA), titled “Smoked Lasagna” will run in partnership with the
Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and the PSA can be found on the website.
“It’s exciting to begin this new era in Michigan where going
out to dinner won’t mean being exposed to secondhand smoke for patrons or for
employees,” said Janet Olszewski, MDCH Director. “This is good news for all
“The Genesee County Health Department is available to answer
questions related to the new law, and we are out in the
community talking to residents and businesses regarding the specifics of the
law. We’re looking forward to May 1st and expect that compliance
among business owners in our community will be quite high,” stated Mark Valacak,
Health Officer of the Genesee County Health Department.
M. Granholm signed the new legislation that prohibits smoking in public places
such as restaurants, bars, hotels, or any place that serves food or beverages.
The Ron M. Davis Law, named after the late chief medical officer of the
Department of Public Health, takes effect May 1, 2010, and will make Michigan
the 38th state to ban smoking in public places.
The new law allows exemptions for the gaming floors at the
three Detroit casinos, but the other casino bars and eateries must be
smoke-free, including the casinos' restaurants and hotels. Michigan's 20
American-Indian casinos are not covered by state law. Cigar bars, tobacco
specialty shops and home offices are also exempt. Individuals and business
owners who violate the law will be subject to penalties of $100 for the first
offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.
Businesses that are planning to file for the tobacco
specialty shop and cigar bar exemptions are encouraged to go to the website
to obtain the proper forms for filing. Due to provisions outlined in the law,
affidavits and applications for the exemption will not be accepted before May 1,
For more information about the law visit
To request a presentation for your group or business, call the Genesee County
Health Department at (810) 341-5898.