2012-05-31 / Lifestyles

Tribe adopts smoke-free policy for restaurants

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Mariner’s Cove Restaurant will be going smoke-free starting June 15. The restaurant located inside the Kewadin Casino in Manistique is among two others also adopting the policy. Smoke-free dining will be offered at Mariner’s Cove; Dream Catchers Restaurant in Sault Ste. Marie; and the Horseshoe Bay Restaurant in St. Ignace.

The policy was adopted May 22 by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors.

Combined, the restaurants hold 561 diners in 11,960 square feet of space. These three restaurants serve in excess of 500,000 annually, 330,000 of that in the Sault.

“We know commercial tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease, and the Sault Tribe and Kewadin Casinos will be taking steps now and in the future to create healthier environments for our employees and our guests,” said Kewadin Casinos COO Tony Goetz.

The Community Transformation Grant project staff and leadership team commended Kewadin Casino’s management and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors for their action.

“This is an important step to reduce exposure to second hand smoke for employees and patrons of the non smoking restaurants,” said Donna Norkoli, CTG project coordinator.

CTG members support the planning and implementation of state and community projects proven to reduce chronic diseases – such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

The Sault Tribe Board of Directors also passed another resolution to expanded the tribe’s commercial tobacco cessation program and services.

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