Tobacco use kills more than 400,000 Americans and costs the nation $96 billion in health care bills each year. Every day, another 1,200 lives are lost and more than 1,000 kids become new regular smokers.
Yet, until now, tobacco products have escaped the FDA's common-sense regulations that apply to other consumer products, such as food, drugs and even lipstick. The new law will:
- Crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to kids.
- Ban candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes.
- Require larger, more effective health warnings on tobacco products.
- Require tobacco companies to disclose the contents of tobacco products, as well as changes in products and research about their health effects.
- Ban terms such as "light" and "low-tar" that mislead consumers into believing that certain cigarettes are safer.
- Strictly regulate all health-related claims about tobacco products to ensure they are scientifically proven and do not discourage current tobacco users from quitting or encourage new users to start.
- Empower the FDA authority to require changes in tobacco products, such as the removal or reduction of harmful ingredients.
To learn what a tobacco product violation includes, or to report a violation to the FDA click here.
Visit the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Web site to view factsheets and the effective dates of the FDA Law.
Michigan´s Smokefree Law (P.A. 188)
If you wish to file a complaint against a business that is violating the MI smokefree law, please print this complaint form and mail or fax, it to the Macomb County Health Department.
|Mail MI smokefree law complaints to:
Mount Clemens Health Center
43525 Elizabeth Rd.
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
|Fax MI smokefree law complaints to:
On May 1, 2010, Michigan residents and visitors became protected from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in restaurants, bars and businesses (including hotels and motels), thanks to the Dr. Ron Davis Smoke-free Air Law.
Exemptions to this law include gaming floors of the 3 Detroit casinos, existing cigar bars and tobacco specialty shops.
To print a copy of the law and get answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to www.mich.gov/smokefreelaw. Starting May 1, you can also come here for information on how to report a violation of the law.
The Campaign for Smokefree Air has also compiled a FAQ sheet.
Restrictions on Tobacco Vending Machines
Vending Machine Law
Vending machines which dispense tobacco products are prohibited everywhere in Michigan except:
1. Establishments with a Class C liquor license.
If this establishment has a bar that is in a separate room, the vending machine must be located entirely in that room. If the establishment has a bar not located in a separate room, the vending machine must be located not more than 20 feet from the bar. It must be clearly within the bar area, not in a hallway, coatroom, restroom, or similar unrelated area. The vending machine must be under direct visual supervision of an adult.
2. Offices, plants, factories, or private membership clubs that are not open to the public.
The vending machine must be located not less than 20 feet from all entrances and exits.
Complaints may be telephoned or written and submitted to:
Macomb County Health Department
Environmental Health Services Division
43525 Elizabeth Road
Mount Clemens, MI 48043
TEL: (586) 469-5236