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Approval of Wisconsin Smoke-Free Legislation Is Historic Win for Health
Date:5/14/2009

Statement of Matthew L. Myers President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Wisconsin Legislature has delivered a historic victory for health and the public's right to breathe clean air by passing legislation to make almost all workplaces, including all restaurants and bars, smoke-free. Gov. Jim Doyle has advocated for smoke-free legislation and is expected to sign the bill, which would make Wisconsin the 27th state to pass a strong smoke-free law that includes all restaurants and bars.

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We applaud the leadership and persistence of the many individuals and organizations who have championed this legislation. While this legislation contains some problematic provisions, it is nevertheless a huge step forward for Wisconsin that will protect workers and the public from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke.

The Wisconsin legislation adds to the growing momentum across the country and around the world to protect everyone's right to breathe smoke-free air. The Wisconsin Legislature voted just hours after lawmakers in North Carolina approved similar legislation, which will make it the first major tobacco-growing state to prohibit smoking in all restaurants and bars. With the addition of Wisconsin and North Carolina, nearly 59 percent of Americans will be protected by strong smoke-free laws that include restaurants and bars. No one should have to put their health at risk in order to earn a paycheck or enjoy a night out.

Wisconsin joins 26 other states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico in passing smoke-free legislation that covers restaurants and bars. The states are Arizona, California, Colorado
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