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Proposal would loosen Michigan's ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and public venues

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A spokesman says 700 bars protested the state's smoking ban on New Year's Eve.

State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, wants to loosen Michigan's smoking ban. Since 2010, Michigan has had a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars, and public venues.

House Bill 5159 would give these businesses the green light to allow smoking on patios and other outdoor areas.

Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson has some strong thoughts about this proposal from Rep. McMillin.

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