Detroit Casinos See Smoking Ban Defeated

25 September 2008

Although the Michigan House of Representatives has voted down a proposed smoking ban on concern it would negatively impact Detroit's casino industry, the bill may still be revisited this year.

The ban, which according to published reports would affect casinos, restaurants and bars, garnered 50 votes -- six shy of the required number for approval.

Opposition, the Detroit Free Press reports, came primarily from Detroit lawmakers who argued a ban would hit casino revenues, which are shared between the city and the state.

House leaders, however, rejected amendments that would exempt businesses operating within 20 miles of an Indian casino -- where smoking would still be permitted -- as well as cigar bars, bingo halls and charity events, the paper said.