The reports are coming in now, evaluating the effectiveness of Michigan’s public smoking ban one month after it took effect. The Kalamazoo County health department – along with others, apparently – are finding it relatively easy to enforce (in Kalamazoo, there were only three complaints in one month, and director Linda Buzas says they resolved them with a phone call).
At the same time, some reports have surfaced indicating some establishments have seen 50% drops in revenue since the ban took effect.
Apparently those are establishments that catered to smokers before, which, in many cases, may be hole-in-the-wall watering holes. I would find it hard to believe that mainstream establishments which previously had non-smoking sections would be suffering. Non-smokers are probably rewarding them with business.
In either case, the bottom line is: It was time. Time for smoking to take another big step toward extinction.