The Smoke-Free Environments Law Project (SFELP) is a statewide project, funded by the Tobacco Section of the Michigan Department of Community Health, which provides information, consultation and advice for businesses, local units of government, and individuals in Michigan on policies and practices to protect employees and the general public from the harmful effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and to address the legal requirements and liability issues related to ETS.
SFELP is a cost-free resource for Michigan businesses/employers, counties/municipalities, and individuals, as well as for groups, such as local tobacco reduction coalitions, working on issues related to ETS in the workplace and in public places. SFELP is available to provide the following types of services:
Information, consultation, advice and assistance is available on issues concerning ETS in the workplace and in public accommodations. Assistance available includes the following matters: Michigan and federal laws dealing with ETS; legal liability issues for employers relating to ETS in the workplace and in public accommodations; worker health issues related to allowing smoking in the workplace; economic impact of adopting smoke-free policies; consultation on options for adopting smoke-free policies in workplaces and public accommodations, and assistance in drafting such policies; provision of information and/or expert testimony at meetings on smoke-free policies; etc.
FOR COUNTIES and MUNICIPALITIES:
Information, consultation, advice and assistance is available on issues relating to smoking policies of counties/municipalities as both employers and operators of public places, as well as policymakers for county/municipality smoking regulations and ordinances. Assistance available includes the following matters: Michigan and federal laws dealing with ETS; legal liability issues for counties/municipalities relating to ETS in the workplace and in public accommodations; worker health issues related to allowing smoking in the workplace; review and/or drafting of smoke-free ordinances or regulations; provision of information and/or expert testimony at meetings/hearings on smoke-free policies; etc.
Information, consultation, advice and assistance is available for individuals who have encountered health-related problems in the workplace or in public places. Assistance available includes: consultation on the nature of the situation the person encountered; review of the laws which might apply to the situation; provision of information about the laws which might apply to the situation; and, suggestions for further action by the individual.
FOR ASSISTANCE FROM SFELP:
For further information and assistance from SFELP, contact us at the address listed above or e-mail us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
The information and assistance provided by SFELP is not intended to be nor should it be construed to be legal advice, nor does SFELP provide legal representation for any parties. The assistance provided is to enable the organization/person to better define the issues and to move forward in addressing matters related to smoking in workplaces and public places.
Smoke-Free Environments Law Project
The Center for Social Gerontology
2307 Shelby Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103