State tries to be clearer about patios, smoking

LANSING (AP) -- Michigan regulators are clarifying the no-smoking rule at bars and restaurants with outdoor seating.

Owners can allow smoking on patios and decks only if food and drinks aren't being served at that time. The head of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says there's been some confusion about the issue.

Clover Adams calls it a minor clarification. Speaking to reporters Monday, she says she just wants to clear things up. Her office oversees some of the no-smoking regulations.

Michigan's ban on smoking in restaurants and bars has been the law since 2010.

The Michigan Restaurant Association says it appreciates the clarification. It says few restaurants are likely to add outdoor smoking spaces where food and drinks aren't served.

Published: Wed, Aug 21, 2013

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