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    Welcome to the City of Grand Rapids Clean Indoor Air Ordinance Resource Page.  Please follow the links below for detailed information regarding the Ordinance, including resources to help businesses in achieving compliance.  If you need assistance, or have questions about the Ordinance, please contact the Code Compliance Division at (616) 456-3053, M-F 8-11 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m.

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    Resources
    Ordinance Text Full text of the City of Grand Rapids Clean Indoor Air Ordinance, as adopted by the City Commission on October 17, 2006, including its purpose, regulated locations, business responsibilities, and enforcement.

    General Information

    Brochure for the general public explaining some key features of the Ordinance.
    Guide for Businesses Brochure for business owners, operators, and managers explaining their responsibilities under the Ordinance, and outlining the process the City will follow when a complaint is received.
    Sample
    Smoking
    Policy
    An example of a business smoking policy that, if adopted, implemented, and made known to all current and future employees, would satisfy the requirements of Section 6.6 of the Ordinance.

    No
    Smoking
    Sign

    A sample sign that, if printed and conspicuously posted in every facility in which smoking is prohibited by the Ordinance, as well as at all entrances, would satisfy the requirements of Section 6.9, paragraphs A. and B. of the Ordinance.
    Frequently
    Asked Questions
    Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance.

    Frequently Asked Questions


    What is the purpose of the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance?
    Which locations are covered by the Ordinance?
    Why are some types of businesses exempt?
    What does my business need to do to comply?
    Is my private home regulated by the Ordinance?
    When did the Ordinance go into effect?
    Can you help me quit smoking?
    How do I report a complaint?
    Can I smoke outside?
    Can a "smoking room" be designated?

     


    What is the purpose of the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance?

    The intent of the Ordinance is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare by regulating smoking in most enclosed public or private worksites, and public workplaces, in order to reduce nonsmoker exposure to secondhand smoke - a known carcinogen.


    Which locations are covered by the Ordinance?

    Enclosed public places and businesses located within the City of Grand Rapids must provide smoke-free environments, with the following exceptions:

    • Food service establishments
    • Tobacco specialty stores
    • Hotel/motel rooms rented to guests
    • Hotel/motel meeting rooms being used for private, invitation-only functions

    Regulated locations include: retail and services businesses; common areas (lobbies, hallways, etc.) of hotels, motels, condominiums, mobile home parks, and other multi-unit residential facilities; and convention halls, arenas, and bingo halls, unless otherwise excluded above.

     
    Why are some types of businesses exempt?

    The State of Michigan regulates certain types of businesses, precluding regulation by the City.


    What does my business need to do to comply?
    • Adopt and implement a written smoking policy, making sure that all employees are informed of the policy.
    • Post "No Smoking" signs in every facility in which smoking is prohibited by the ordinance, as well as at all entrances.
    • Remove ashtrays and other smoking receptacles from all areas where smoking is prohibited.


    Is my private home regulated by the Ordinance?

    A private home is not a worksite unless used for commercial or industrial purposes, or as a day care or health care facility, in which case it must be smoke-free while being used for such purpose.


    When did the Ordinance go into effect?

    October 1, 2007.


    Can you help me quit smoking?

    Your doctor is an important resource to help you quit smoking. Additionally, many community organizations are eager to help you. Their names and contact information are:

    Tobacco Free Partners 616.975.0123 www.tobaccofreepartners.org
    American Legacy Foundation 800.QUIT.NOW www.BecomeAnEx.org
    MI Dept. of Community Health (MDCH) 800.537.5666 www.michigan.gov/tobacco
    MDCH iCanQuit Hotline 800.480.7848
    American Cancer Society 800.227.2345 www.cancer.org
    American Heart Association 800.968.2425 www.americanheart.org
    American Lung Association 800.586.4872 www.lungusa.org
    Teaming Up to Quit Smoking (for Moms) 616.391.6176
    Asian Center 616.301.3987
    Peter M. Wege Center for Health 616.752.6923


    How do I report a complaint?

    First, you should talk to the owner, operator, or manager of the location about your complaint. Hopefully, your complaint can be addressed without involving City Code Compliance Officers.  If the owner, operator, or manager does not address your complaint, you may contact the City of Grand Rapids Code Compliance Division at 456-3053.


    Can I smoke outside?

    Yes. The Ordinance applies to most "enclosed" workspaces and public places. As long as you are at least 10 feet from any door, window, or ventilation system of a facility covered by the Ordninance, you can smoke outside.


    Can a "smoking room" be designated?

    No. If your business is not exempt from the Ordinance, you may not designate a "smoking room." The Ordinance includes "common use areas, employee lounges and restrooms, conference and class rooms, [and] employee cafeterias" in its definition of "worksite."