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September 19, 2012 Michigan’s law banning smokers from lighting up in bars and restaurants has had no negative impact on businesses, according to a study released Monday by the state’s Department of Community Health. The Dr. Ron Davis Smoke-free Air Law went into effect in May 2010 amid complaints from bar owners that it would drive away customers. Yet the study, performed by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, now claims those concerns were unfounded.
“It is important to note that while some establishments saw sales fluctuations after the passage (of the law), bars and restaurants as a whole were not adversely affected,” said MDCH Director James Haveman in a press release.
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