Mich. American Legion Post Relents, Will Ban Smoking

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BARAGA, Mich. (AP) -- Members of an American Legion post in Michigan's Upper Peninsula who disregarded the state's smoking ban for months have decided to abide by the law.

Post 444 Commander Rick Geroux said Friday the post would comply with a Houghton County court order and stop its patrons from smoking at its tavern. The post has put no-smoking signs at its doors and removed ashtrays to comply with the law banning smoking in most public places.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the post had been openly disregarding the ban since it took effect in May.

Geroux said the ban will "have a severe economic impact" on the post's operations by sending smoking customers to competing taverns owned by Indian tribes exempt from the ban.


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