Wisconsin is Smoke-Free for 5 Years

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Secondhand smoke is a proven health hazard. Wisconsin's smoke-free air law protects workers and customers from the dangers of secondhand smoke. On July 5th, 2010 the State of Wisconsin banned smoking in public places and workplaces, whether publicly or privately owned, including taverns and restaurants. This July marks the five year anniversary of Smoke-free Wisconsin.

According to the CDC, secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds are toxic and about 70 can cause cancer. Since the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report, 2.5 million adults who were nonsmokers died because they breathed secondhand smoke.

Health Consequences Causally Linked to Exposure to Secondhand Smoke (CDC)

The ban that took effect in 2010 outlaws smoking in public indoor locations, including restaurants and bars. It doesn't apply to vaping, giving venue owners the right to decide whether to permit e-cigarettes.  Currently, E-cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA and have not been fully studied, so consumers currently don’t know:

  • the potential risks of e-cigarettes when used as intended,
  • how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use, or
  • whether there are any benefits associated with using these products.