Smoking in restaurants has been banned since 2009, but a new bill may change the law so that outdoor cafes and restaurants ("less than 50% enclosed") may be able to choose for themselves whether they will allow smokers or not.
While some say reversing the "no smoking anywhere in a restaurant, even outside" law is a civil liberties issue, others argue that it's about placing a burden on small businesses. Of course, while it might be nice for civil liberties and whatnot, there's also the part where other diners, and not to mention servers, would have to go back to the days of breathing other people's smoke, even if it is technically "outdoors".
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· Bill would allow smoking at Michigan outdoor cafés, patios [Freep]