Berrien County Goes Smoke Free

Expect to see more "no smoking" signs going-up in Berrien county but you'll only notice them at work and in public places.

You can still smoke in bars and restaurants in Berrien County but soon it won't be allowed in public and private worksites and public places.

“Basically we will have to go outside. We had a smoke room but they will probably eliminate it,” says Niles resident Justin Benjamin who works in the county.

The majority of the people speaking at Thursday night’s commissioner's meeting were against a Berrien County smoking ban. The regulation has not received much opposition though until Thursday’s meeting.

A majority of the Berrien County Commissioners voted for it after hearing the public comments.

10 of the 13 commissioners voted yes to the Berrien County Clean Indoor Air Regulation.

“This doesn't say people can't smoke. It just says where the smoking can’t happen… because smoking by somebody else and they are doing harm to them with second hand smoke,” says Berrien County commissioner Donald Ryman.

“This regulation protects the non smokers and that is the intent,” says Berrien County commissioner Andrew Vavra.

The regulation goes into effect on June first.

That gives businesses 90 days to prepare.

State law in Michigan prohibits counties from requiring restaurants and bars to be smoke free.

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