Michigan smoking ban one month later

No smoking signs went 30 days at area bars and restaurants.

But did no smoking mean fewer customers for some businesses?

Since the smoking ban took effect May 1, business has been up and down at local restaurants and bars.

The health department has been looking into complaints.

Instead of lighting up, no smoking signs are up inside Sports Creek Raceway, which is just fine for Stan Courtney. “There has been times when the smoking has driven me out, but if I was winning, I would have stayed”

But did no smoking drive away customers?

Most early afternoons at Sports Creek Raceway, many of the seats are empty

“We have seen numbers dropping off, but we have also seen some really nice weather,” said General Manager Chris Locking.

Locking says he doesn’t know how much of his business has been affected by the no smoking law. In weeks to come, Locking will compare data from previous years to determine the impact of the no smoking law.

Meanwhile, he’s betting on the Michigan Court of Appeals to lift the smoking ban for race tracks.

“It is not equal treatment. The race tracks and the casinos are treated different, even though they are both in the gaming industry”

Those who see others smoking in non-smoking areas are supposed to call the health department.

source: abclocal.go.com

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