Berrien Smoking Ban Starts June 1st

Another Michiana county is going smoke free...sort of.

Berrien County's ban on smoking in public places takes effect June first.

The Berrien County ban is perhaps most noteworthy for what it does not cover.

It does not apply to smoking in bars and restaurants, but the Berrien ban will apply to other places, like laundromats.

In the city of Niles, there are three separate laundromats where smoking is currently allowed.

All will have to go along with the ban starting Friday, albeit with mixed emotions.

"I'm very happy," said Anita Novak of the Missing Sock. "We have a lot of customers who are going to be extremely happy that there's no smoking."

Novak said the business never banned smoking on its own because it did not want to be at a competitive disadvantage.

Across town at the Village Tub, Barbara Roberts was prepared to roll with the changes, although she was reluctant to do so: "I've got to go with the law, I don't want to get in trouble."

"They've been allowed to smoke because we have a lot of customers that do smoke, and then they found out the ordinance is coming in, and they ain't liking it one bit," Roberts said.

The Berrien smoking ban will not apply to bars and restaurants.

Michigan law specifies that those establishments can only be regulated by the state.

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