Wisconsin

Wisconsin's smokefree workplace law took effect on July 5, 2010.

The law makes indoor workplaces, including all restaurants and bars 100% smokefree indoors. The state law also includes 100% of hotels and motels, becoming the first state to make 100% of hotel rooms smokefree.

The law exempts tobacco retail shops and cigar bars under certain conditions, and also preempts local cities and towns for prohibiting smoking on outdoor areas of private property (so locals cities and towns may no longer pass smokefree restaurant or bar patio laws, for example).

Check out the Wisconsin Restaurant Association's resolution in support of smokefree air!

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Wisconsin.

2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 1/7/2013 - 1/4/2015 (Est.); Recess: 11/15/2013 - 1/13/2014

Find out what cities in Wisconsin are 100% smokefree!

State Quitline Numbers:
1-877-270-STOP (7867)
1-877-2-NO-FUME (266-3863) (Spanish)

American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Thanks for making parks smoke-free
Wisconsin Dells Events - November 6, 2014

... as well as Mayor Brian Landers, for passing a smoke-free ordinance covering city parks. ... Smoking and tobacco use continues to be the number one cause of ...

Environment and health at risk without university-wide tobacco ban
Royal Purple News - November 6, 2014

The second reason why we should implement this policy is because as you may already know smoking is very dangerous and harmful to your body and the ...

UW-W students respond to WSG President's explanation
Royal Purple News - November 6, 2014

There is a tremendous amount of data from our campus (and three year data is not old) and other campuses that show a tobacco-free campus works and is ...

UW-W student contends WSG's decision
Royal Purple News - October 29, 2014

Recently WSG made it clear that they were opposed to the new policy that was proposed to make UW-Whitewater a tobacco free campus because of "outdated

WSG vote does not reflect students' views
Royal Purple News - October 29, 2014

The president of WSG has made it clear that he opposes the passing of the Tobacco Free Campus policy. His influences on the rest of the governing body and ...

Study shows twice as many teens using e-cigarettes
WSAU - October 27, 2014

RHINELANDER, Wis. (WXPR) -- A new report profiles a doubling of use of unregulated e-cigarettes among teenagers. E-cigarettes are a battery-powered ...

Fond du Lac County Board to vote on e-cigs
Fond du Lac Reporter - October 25, 2014

Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel will present the 2015 budget and supervisors will vote on whether to prohibit e-cigarettes inside county buildings as part of the October meeting of the Fond du Lac County Board.

UW-Whitewater should be a tobacco-free campus
Royal Purple News - October 23, 2014

These chemicals are all found in second hand cigarette smoke along with ... campus along with the other 1,477 campuses that have banned tobacco use. ... This is outrageous and can be lowered by banning tobacco from college campuses. ... of the stress and peer pressures so if we were to ban tobacco it could ultimately ...

Ban could be placed for e-cigs
Advance Titan - October 16, 2014

The original recommendation to ban the use of e-cigarettes came from the UW ... "The only problem I see with banning the use of these is that it was created in ... also not a factor in e-cigarettes which is a very long lasting side effect of smoking ...

Kyle Duggan: Soglin's affordable housing plan holds promise
Madison.com - October 15, 2014

I moved into a cheap, mismanaged, 300-square-foot studio that reeked of secondhand smoke. My housing was not ideal, but the reality for numerous others in ...

Green Bay public housing complex bans smoking
WMTV - October 9, 2014

He says the Mason Manor smoking ban will improve residents' safety and health. ... The authority has also banned smoking in its single-family properties.

Green Bay public housing goes smoke-free
Green Bay Press Gazette - October 9, 2014

Banning smoking at Mason Manor, he said, is a major safety advancement. ... The authority also has banned smoking in its other properties, including 34 scattered ... smokers have complained and some already been caught violating the ban, ...

Reduced Dells, Wis. Smoking Ban Advancing
halfwheel.com - October 9, 2014

In August, the small city of Dells, Wis. saw attempts at a smoking ban halted after ... nature of a proposed law that would have banned smoking in public parks, ...

Greenfield Common Council unanimously approves e-cigarette ...
fox6now.com - October 9, 2014

This comprehensive ordinance includes prohibiting use of any electronic smoking device in all Greenfield school buildings and grounds, municipal buildings, ...

Smoking ban in parks OKed by committees
Wisconsin Dells Events - October 7, 2014

Landers said the first draft of an ordinance on banning smoking in parks had ... He presented a new ordinance, which he said only bans smoking in parks and defines what is smoking. ... Smoking is not banned on the sidewalk, Landers said.

"Help us to remove that risk:" MPD promoting smoke-free housing in ...
fox6now.com - October 7, 2014

It's called the "Clear Gains" initiative, and it's part of a statewide campaign to promote smoke free living in apartment buildings. Members of the fire department ...

Milwaukee Fire Dept. encourages people to stop smoking in homes
WISN Milwaukee - October 7, 2014

THE DEPARTMENT IS TEAMING UP WITH THE TOBACCO FREE ALLIANCE TO ENCOURAGE LANDLORDS TO PUT PROVISIONS IN THEIR LEASES TO ...

Chicago-style ban on smoking in parks not on Kenosha area's radar
Kenosha News - September 19, 2014

Chicagos reaction action to ban smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or medical marijuana in public parks hasnt appeared to gain much traction in Kenosha County. Several years ago, Bristol banned smoking in the only park over which it has sole control, and it didnt present much of a problem. Smoking is still allowed at county-owned parks within the village boundaries, and county parks officials said they havent ever considered a ban. Nor has the city. Its never been discussed here, yet, said Jonathan Rudie, general manager of park operations for Kenosha County. Its never come up as an issue, other than we ban smoking in the dog parks because of people throwing the cigarettes down and dogs eating the filters.

Meghan Taylor: UW-L campus no place for smokers
La Crosse Tribune - September 19, 2014

It's our role as students and staff on this campus to help enforce this nonsmoking policy and keep UW-L the healthy, environmentally friendly campus it should be ...

Family Friendly Zone returns for fourth straight year
WKBT - September 17, 2014

The area across from Festival Foods on Copeland Avenue will be designated as alcohol and tobacco free for the fourth straight year. The site will have ...

Teen applauds school's e-cigarette policy
Milwaukee Neighborhood - September 17, 2014

It's because of e-cigarettes addictive qualities that Pulaski, as well as many other Milwaukee Public Schools have made a small change to their tobacco-free ...

Dr. Zorba Paster: Smoking costs are huge drag on our society
La Crosse Tribune - September 17, 2014

A recent article in the British Medical Journal really turned my ear with a look at nonsmoking prisons. This study looked at how eliminating smoking affected ..

Vape Haven rejected by Wauwatosa Common Council
Wauwatosa Now - September 17, 2014

Alderman Joel Tilleson said he didn't think there was enough information available about the health impacts of e-cigarettes, making it difficult for the city to safely ...

Committee tables parks smoking ban
Wisconsin Dells Events - September 16, 2014

The committee Monday discussed the ordinance that would ban smoking in ... Holzem said he feared that the banning of smoking with those definitions would ... Do any other communities have such bans, Alderperson Dar Mor asked. ... told the Legislative Committee that smoking had been banned at Chicago's 500 plus ..

Workplace rules vary for chewing tobacco, e-cigs
Appleton Post Crescent - September 13, 2014

Appleton, Kaukauna, Menasha and Neenah city employees face a mix of policies and rules governing the use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes. The four ...

E-cigarettes barred from FDL Government Center
Fond du Lac Reporter - September 12, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are officially out at the Fond du Lac City County Government Center and they may face a ban in other public buildings. The City County Building Board voted recently to bar e-cigarettes from all parts of the Government Center at 160 S. Macy St. The Board has authority to decide ...

E-cigarettes should be regulated -- Steve Rankin
Madison.com - September 11, 2014

The answer seems pretty straightforward. The e-cigarette is a drug delivery device. The sellers are pretty open about this. You can choose the concentration of ...

Russian doctors, nurses practice health-care diplomacy in La Crosse
La Crosse Tribune - September 10, 2014

A no-smoking law that went into effect July 1 forbids lighting up in hospitals, public buildings, schools "and even bus stops," Azrapkina said. "There is a very aggressive anti-smoking campaign," she said, adding that stores are not allowed to post ...

Ask Now: How to stop medical center employees from smoking on ...
Wauwatosa Now - September 10, 2014

Regional Medical Center neighbors are not happy when smokers banned from ... Center complained that, because there is a no-smoking policy at the center, ...

Black River Falls eyes indoor electronic cigarette ban
The Westby Times - September 10, 2014

The devices aren't included under BRF's indoor smoking ban ordinance, which mimics ... in 2010 that bans smoking in indoor areas, like bars, taverns and restaurants. ... "It looks like (banning e-cigarette use) is a relatively new trend, but it seems to be ... electronic cigarette use anywhere where smoking already is banned.

E-cigarette debate heats up in Wisconsin
Wisconsin State Journal - September 7, 2014

At least seven stores specializing in electronic cigarettes have opened this year in the Madison area, selling what operators and some anti-tobacco advocates say are a safer alternative to regular cigarettes. Nationally, dozens of cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York have restricted e-cigarettes in smokefree areas, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation in Berkeley, California.

Letter: Tobacco companies finding new way to hook youth
La Crosse Tribune - September 6, 2014

One of the fastest-changing industries is one of the most dangerous and overlooked: tobacco. These products include e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and flavored tobacco often known as OTP (other tobacco products)....

E-cigarette debate heats up in Wisconsin
Wisconsin State Journal - September 7, 2014

At least seven stores specializing in electronic cigarettes have opened this year in the Madison area, selling what operators and some anti-tobacco advocates say are a safer alternative to regular cigarettes. Nationally, dozens of cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York have restricted e-cigarettes in smokefree areas, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation in Berkeley, California.

Health First Wisconsin closes
Wisconsin State Journal - September 3, 2014

SmokeFree Wisconsin, founded in 2000, helped pass Wisconsin's indoor smoking ban, which in 2010 prohibited smoking in bars, restaurants, private clubs, ...

Liquor Licenses Looking for Business
NBC26 - September 1, 2014

Bar owners say the changing economy, culture, and smoking ban are some of the causes for a decline in interest for these licenses. In the end the city could ...

Column: Tobacco-free campus is commitment to wellness
Stevenspointjournal - August 29, 2014

This week marks a milestone in the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Points commitment to wellness. On Aug. 25, the campus became tobacco-free. ... It includes any tobacco or smoking products such as e-cigarettes and smokeless products including dip, chew and snuff.

UWSP welcomes students to tobacco-free campus
Stevenspointjournal - August 27, 2014

Officials from UWSP announced in December that the campus would go completely tobacco-free both indoors and outdoors by the fall. UWSP Chancellor Bernie ...

Smoking Ban Grows in Popularity Among US Colleges
NBC26 - August 26, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis.- More than 700 colleges are smoke free and most recently UW-Stevens Point, but here in Northeast Wisconsin that's not the case. "Given the ...

River Walk construction project moves forward
Wisconsin Dells Events - August 26, 2014

After construction talk was complete, Mayor Brian Landers spoke to the BID about the proposed ban of smoking in parks and what he meant when talking about ...

UW-Stevens Point campus to be smoke free for new school year
WSAU - August 26, 2014

It replaces the old policy which banned smoking within 30-feet of all campus buildings. The new smoke-free campus rule includes a ban on chewing tobacco an ...

Letter: Keep e-cigs out of classrooms, away from teens
Wausau Daily Herald - August 26, 2014

Even as traditional tobacco use declines, use of e-cigarettes is on the rise. ...

Menomonie school district voters approve hike in tax levy
Leader-Telegram - August 25, 2014

Zydowsky noted it may need to be updated to include electronic cigarettes and other nonprescription inhalants. He said he has seen more and more electronic ...

State falling short on cancer prevention efforts
Wisconsin Radio Network - August 22, 2014

Wisconsin earned a green in three areas for its high tobacco tax rate of $2.52 per pack of cigarettes, its statewide indoor smoking ban, and for having an effective .

UWSP students return next week
Stevenspointjournal - August 21, 2014

Cling-on door signs and free-standing signs announcing the campus will be tobacco-free starting Aug. 25 are being placed in all buildings and parking lot ...

Bloomer schools adds e-cigs to district ban
WQOW TV News 18 - August 21, 2014

UPDATE: Bloomer schools adds e-cigs to district ban. Posted: ... Bloomer (WQOW) - The Bloomer School District voted 6-0 to add electronic and vaporized devices to their list of banned products. ... I don't want to smell anyone else's smoke."…

UWSP set to go tobacco-free
Wisconsin Radio Network - August 20, 2014

The ban applies to all students, faculty and staff, and any visitors to campus, ... to offer group support as well as individual counseling for smokers or chewers."...

Dells tables parks smoking ban
Wisconsin Dells Events - August 19, 2014

After some debate, the Wisconsin Dells Common Council tableed [sic] the second reading of an ordinance to ban smoking in public parks and the river walk …

Gambling with our health: The possibility of smokeless casinos
Northland's NewsCenter - July 30, 2014

The survey found that over 75% of casino patrons are non–smokers. Isaiah Brokenleg ... Tribal sovereignty exempts tribal casinos from statewide smoking bans. ...

Researchers believe smoke-free policy could lead to more ...
WJFW-TV - July 30, 2014

Researchers believe smoke-free policy could lead to more customers at ... to 50% in this region, may make it difficult for casinos to put smoking bans in place. ... run casinos around the country have voluntarily banned smoking in the casinos.

Other view: Ban e-cigarettes inside workplaces
Chippewa Herald - July 29, 2014

Here in Wisconsin, we have a ban on selling them to minors, enacted in 2012. ... statewide smoking ban, it can start with communities enacting their own bans.

Voters support including e-cigarettes under the law
Iron Mountain Daily News - July 29, 2014

Madison, Wis. -Nearly four years after it went into effect the law that got the cigarette smoke out of public places in Wisconsin is more popular now than ever ...

Ban e-cigs from workplaces
Youngstown Vindicator -July 26, 2014

Appleton (Wisc.) Post-Crescent: There's a lot we don't know about electronic cigarettes. There's even a lot the Food and Drug Administration doesn't know about ...

LAKE OF THE TORCHES RESORT CASINO AND GREAT LAKES INTER-TRIBAL COUNCIL PARTNER TO ASSESS CASINO SMOKING PREFERENCES
Tribal Communications Office Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians - July 23, 2014

Patrons were assessed regarding tobacco use and attitudes toward smoking in the Casino. Of the 957 surveyed patrons, over three quarters were non-smokers (77%); 54% indicated that they would be more likely to visit the Casino if it went smoke-free, and more than a quarter of the participants (28%) indicated that they would be indifferent to the Casino going smoke-free. Over the past several months, Isaiah Brokenleg, along with other academic partners, created a manuscript detailing the findings of the survey. The findings will be published in the September issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

EDITORIAL: Ban e-cigarettes from indoor workplaces
Appleton Post-Crescent - July 24, 2014

Just as tobacco smokers have a right to smoke, but are prohibited from doing so inside indoor workplaces because of the harmful effects to others, e-cigarette users should face the same restriction for the same reason. In this case, given what we do and...

City to ban smoking outdoors
Wisconsin Dells - July 22, 2014

The city of Wisconsin Dells will be voting next month on banning smoking in some places outdoors and ... He said it bans smoking in spaces the city controls.

Local teens lead no smoking campaign
Beloit Daily News - July 21, 2014

Although smoking, and nicotine products is banned by school district policy, the girls wanted to make sure no one tried lighting up after school hours.

OMS e-cig ban part of new handbooks
La Crosse Tribune - July 17, 2014

E-cigarettes aren't a problem for Onalaska sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, but officials hope tweaking the school's handbook will help with prevention, ...

Mother's anti-smoking message hits close to home
Leader-Telegram - July 16, 2014

The campaign, launched in 2012, features real people suffering serious long-term health effects from smoking and secondhand smoke exposure. Reached ...

No smoking in grandstand, midway at Barron County Fair
News-Shield - July 16, 2014

Responding to a request from the concerned citizens, the Barron County Fair Board has banned smoking in the grandstand and on the midway at this year's ..

Growing popularity of e-cigarettes spurs debate
Appleton Post Crescent - July 14, 2014

A poll conducted by the American Cancer Society in conjunction with the fourth .... venues, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Another ...

LETTER: e-cigarettes threaten huge public health victory
Fond du Lac Reporter - July 11, 2014

... guilt free alternative to smoking with no health consequences for the user, or the ... in Fond du Lac when our local smoke-free ordinance was passed in 2008, ...

Carson Park team fee rates pitched
Leader-Telegram - July 7, 2014

The Eau Claire City Council will vote today on banning the use of e-cigarettes in city buildings. The proposed legislation would apply to LE Phillips Memorial ...

Public weighs in on Eau Claire E-Cig ban
WQOW TV News 18 - July 6, 2014

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Before a vote tomorrow the public had the chance to weigh in on a proposed ban on e-cigarettes in city buildings, Hobbs Ice Center and ...

Quick Question: Do you agree with Mayor Soglin's proposal to prohibit smoking within 10 feet of a public bench outdoors?
Madison.com - July 7, 2014

Heres how six citizens answered this weeks question posed by Capital Times freelancer Kevin Murphy. What do you think? Please join the discussion.

E-cigarette ban possible in Eau Claire
Leader-Telegram - July 5, 2014

Eau Claire City Council members could follow their Eau Claire County counterparts by banning the smoking of e-cigarettes in all city buildings. Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell and Councilman Michael Xiong proposed an ordinance that would outlaw smoking e-cigarettes in municipal buildings and ...

Smoke-free law a major boon to public health
Herald Times Reporter - July 5, 2014

Saturday marked the fourth anniversary of Wisconsin's smoke-free workplace law. What a wonderful time to breathe for the last four years in public buildings.

Smoke-free Workplace Laws Helps Bars and Restaurants Improve ...
Wauwatosa Now - July 1, 2014

When the smoke-free workplace law was put into affect in July of 2010, people werent sure how customers and employees of Milwaukee bars and restaurants would react. When customers were no longer able to smoke inside their favorite bars and restaurants, many thought it would become a problem and decrease business.

Mayor Paul Soglin seeks to ban smoking near public benches
Wisconsin State Journal - June 30, 2014

Mayor Paul Soglin has proposed extending Madison's smoking bans to within 10 ... So he's urging the City Council to enact a new buffer zone, further restricting ...

Ashwaubenon bans e-cigarettes from public places
Appleton Post Crescent - June 25, 2014

ASHWAUBENON Smokers hoping to take a drag from e-cigarettes in public places will have to follow the same rules as those who use traditional tobacco products. That means no lighting up on school grounds or in village buildings, local businesses and some park areas under a revised smoking ban.

DEVELOPING STORY: City of Eau Claire looking to ban e-cigs [VIDEO]
WQOW TV News 18 - June 25, 2014

The Eau Claire City Council is considering banning the use of e-cigarettes in a number of places throughout the city. It's a step the county recently took. "Its the same smoking ordinance we have right now but we're just adding e-cigarettes to that, said city council member Kathy Mitchell who proposed the change.

Be concerned
Juneau County Star-Times - June 23, 2014

Juneau County residents may have recently seen ads in the community encouraging tobacco users to quit smoking using e-cigarettes. While this offer may sound intriguing to some, there are a few reasons to be concerned about the potential harm posed by e-cigarettes.

No evidence for e-cigarette safety
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen - June 23, 2014

Dodge County community members may have recently seen a billboard on Highway 33 heading into Beaver Dam encouraging smokers to quit by switching to e-cigarettes. While this sounds nice in theory, here are a few reasons to be concerned about e-cigarettes: E-cigarettes haven't been proven to be effective. Although there are more than 250 brands of e-cigarettes, none have been proven by the FDA to be effective in ...

CVTC seeks loan forgiveness for high-tech center
Leader-Telegram - June 21, 2014

A proposed law to ban using e-cigarettes on city property where smoking tobacco cigarettes already is not allowed will be introduced at Tuesday's meeting.

Schools encouraged to include e-cigarettes in tobacco-free policies
Stevens Point Journal - June 21, 2014

After learning about e-cigarettes availability and prevalence from local teens, public health officials are asking schools to consider adjusting their tobacco policies to keep pace with the latest trends. Some teens acquire e-cigarettes also known as vape pens and e-hookahs from 18-year-old friends, stores that dont check IDs and even their parents, Marathon County Health Department public health educator Destinee Coenen said at a meeting of the Western Marathon County Health Communities coalition last week.

La Crosse County fights against tobacco in schools
WKBT La Crosse - June 17, 2014

La Crosse County is making progress when it comes to fighting tobacco use among high school students.

Council to study Business 51 plan
Stevenspointjournal - June 17, 2014

Debated without reaching a conclusion whether and how the city should regulate vapor bars, in which customers congregate to smoke electronic cigarettes.

FDL should take lead in e-cigarette regulation
Fond du Lac Reporter - June 17, 2014

As a member of the Fond du Lac County Board of Health, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a practicing pediatrician, and a member of the Five Counties for Tobacco-Free Living Coalition, I am extremely concerned about the promotion and sales of E-Cigarette at convenience stores and over the internet. I am concerned over the many unknowns about the secondhand aerosol emitted in the air. The vapor is not just water.

E-cigarettes could be banned from Ashwaubenon public areas
Green Bay Press Gazette - June 15, 2014

ASHWAUBENON The village could snuff out the use of e-cigarettes in public places, including school grounds, parks, village buildings and local businesses.

Onalaska passes e-cig ban
La Crosse Tribune - June 11, 2014

The Onalaska Common Council has had a change of heart on e-cigarettes. Last month, the council voted 4-2 to reject an ordinance change that would have prohibited use of e-cigarettes anywhere smoking is banned, including bars. On Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to ban e-cigarettes from public confined spaces after getting additional input at a committee meeting last week from health-care professionals and anti-smoking activists…

From Our Files 06/10/14
Leader-Telegram - June 10, 2014

Several Chippewa Falls taverns inquire about installing beer gardens in preparation for the statewide workplace smoking ban set to take effect July 5, 2010.

Decision on signs delayed
Ehextra - June 10, 2014

Hanson said she would rather see the city ban smoking in parks with a city ... to a New York resident that the entire city had banned smoking from any parks and ...

Nicotine fluid mixing approved
Juneau County Star-Times - June 6, 2014

Clark already uses his Madison store to make the fluid used in electronic cigarettes. The fluid mixed in the back room of the Mauston store will be sold at ...

Government meetings
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune - June 6, 2014

Board of Zoning Appeals: 1 p.m. Tuesday, second-floor conference room, City Hall. ... tobacco and nicotine use on school premises by students, media releases, ...

County Housing Authority adopts smoke-free policy
Sawyer County Record - June 6, 2014

Sawyer County Housing Authority, which manages 48 multi-family housing units in Sawyer County, began implementing a smoke-free policy in all units on June ...

Clearing the air on tobacco policy a year later
Times Milwaukee (subscription) - June 3, 2014

Last summer the awareness of a tobacco-free campus was mentioned in the MATC Times. Within a year's time the policy was put in place throughout all MATC ...

Fond du Lac County explores E-cigarette ban
Fond du Lac Reporter - May 28, 2014

Fond du Lac County officials are considering a ban on electronic cigarettes, ... the hallway of the City County Government Center where smoking is not allowed.

Quick Question: Should the state of Wisconsin increase the age to ...
Madison.com - May 26, 2014

I've been smoking for some time and it's very hard to quit. I can't do it so far. I don't like to see younger people start smoking, and increasing the age to 21 may ...

Appleton releases annual health report
WHBY - May 22, 2014

That's one of the findings, in the public health department's annual report. Director Kurt Eggebrecht says they believe the smoking ban, in bars, is helping.

Historic jail 'structurally sound'
La Crosse Tribune - May 21, 2014

The document covers both conventional tobacco products and electronic cigarettes, and not only includes interior spaces, but all county property located at 611 ..

Merrill Housing Authority takes steps toward smoke-free housing
Merrillfotonews - May 21, 2014

Residents living in public housing facilities such as Park Place and Jenny Towers are greatly impacted by second-hand smoke because of the shared ventilation ...

Arrowhead Union Schools ban e-cigarettes on campus
WDJT - May 20, 2014

About two dozen high school students were caught on campus with electronic cigarettes. In one case a student was using the device to smoke marijuana.

Casino renovation begins in Keshena
Iron Mountain Daily News - May 20, 2014

KESHENA, Wis. (AP) - As the Menominee Indian tribe waits word on its plan to build an $800 million casino in Kenosha, it's moving ahead with plans to renovate its gaming facility in Keshena. A better ventilation system will more efficiently remove tobacco smoke.

Vaping bar ordinance gets postponed
WSAU - May 20, 2014

Stevens Point leaders are struggling with how to regulate vaping bars. Over the past several weeks, the Public Protection Committee and now the City Council have discussed this issue. They are undecided on what to do with this new type of business model that offers a place where people can buy the legal e-cigarettes and vaping devices and use them on site as well. A proposed ordinance to allow vaping bars as a conditional use in business districts only would apply to places with at least 25% of their floor space dedicated to the vaping bar. The businesses would be licensed and would be subject to health department inspections.

The new Tip Top Tavern has a confident menu, solid beer list and ...
Isthmus - May 16, 2014

It does not, of course, tell the full history of this little corner bar, reminiscent of the 20th century: that the former owner was sure the smoking ban would kill the ...

Bill imposing rules on e-cigs sent to Gov. Dayton
WKBT La Crosse - May 16, 2014

The bill imposes restrictions and penalties meant to keep minors from buying or using e-cigarettes. They couldn't be sold at kiosks and nicotine liquids would ...

Council balks at ban on e-cigs in public
La Crosse Tribune - May 15, 2014

... of the year three states and more than 100 municipalities had banned their use in smokefree environments, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.

Ardrey reappointed as Janesville School Board president
Janesville Gazette - May 14, 2014

The board allowed the district's proposed e-cigarette ban to make it to the board's ... E-cigarettes would be banned in all district buildings, grounds and vehicles. ... We don't condone the use of any smoking materials, Janesville School District ...

Stevens Point may regulate e-cigarette bars
Leader-Telegram - May 13, 2014

STEVENS POINT (AP) The Stevens Point City Council is looking at regulating electronic cigarette vapor bars.

Licensing likely for vapor bars in Stevens Point
WSAU - May 13, 2014

The Public Protection Committee scheduled discussion but no action on that topic Monday night. The committee members are considering drafting an ordinance to make vaping bars a conditional use for certain business zoning districts, but not allow them in residential districts.

Stevens Point may regulate e-cigarette bars
WKBT La Crosse - May 12, 2014

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) - The Stevens Point City Council is looking at regulating electronic cigarette vapor bars

Stevens Point struggling with regulations on e-cigarette bars
Green Bay Press Gazette - May 12, 2014

A city committee will meet Monday to try to come up with a plan to regulate electronic cigarette vapor bars as more and more of the businesses are opening in Stevens Point.

Janesville School Board to tackle tobacco restrictions
Gazettextra - May 11, 2014

JANESVILLE The Janesville School District would add electronic cigarettes to its list of banned tobacco products if the school board decides to pass the ...

Nicotine Mixing Downtown?
Juneau County Star-Times - May 10, 2014

The Mauston Plan Commission stands in the middle of a disagreement between a State Street tobacco shop and a nearby school.

Buses, not streetcars
JSOnline.com - May 8, 2014

Mallak should be told that although the vapor from e-cigarettes "dissipates," the poisonous chemicals are still in the air, just not visible. Like steam from a tea ...

New policy bans indoor e-cig use
Fourth Estate Newspaper - May 6, 2014

UW-Green Bay updated its smoking policy April 28 to include e-cigarettes. In doing so, it joins several other UW-System schools such as UW-La Crosse and UW-Superior...

E-cigs a no-no in schools, city attorney says
The Sheboygan Press - May 5, 2014

It might come as a shock to some middle school students, but e-cigarettes are real cigarettes as far as the law is concerned. Zachary Pethan, Urban Middle Schools assistant principal, has written a letter to the Sheboygan Common Council asking for clarification on whether e-cigarettes are considered a tobacco product. That letter was referred to the citys Law and Licensing Committee, but city officials say the citys tobacco ordinance already covers the vapor-producing devices...

Students drive smoke-free rental properties
WXOW.com - May 1, 2014

Some La Crosse landlords are changing their policies to create a healthier living environment by going smoke-free. The U.S. Surgeon General says there is no ...

Y gets surround-care contract
La Crosse Tribune - May 1, 2014

This includes e-cigarettes or any other electronic device used to consume tobacco, Associate Principal Anna Curtis said. Copyright 2014 La Crosse Tribune.

UW-P joins Colleges Against Cancer
Exponent - May 1, 2014

Colleges Against Cancer has various future goals: start advocating for a smoke-free campus, become more active with cancer-fighting events on campus, work ...

Throttling down: Full Throttle to become DeWitt's End
Portage Daily Register – April 30, 2014

The business never really recovered after the ban on smoking in taverns and other public places. His revenue dropped as much as $4,000 to $5,000 per month, ...

'Smoky smell at the library'
Beloit Daily News – April 30, 2014

I don't see a sign posted telling people they can't smoke there. I understand ... Come on library board get with it and save our children from secondhand smoke.

Risky teenage behaviors shift over past two decades
UW Badger Herald - April 28, 2014

Maureen Busalacchi, executive director of SmokeFree Wisconsin, said this decrease was due in part to a statewide initiative to end smoking among youths.

Tobacco ban: Is it working?
Stoutonia - April 22, 2014

Originally, the smoking ban didn't pass unanimously in the Stout Student Association. However, the majority approved the decision and along with the ban was ...

Stevens Point delays action on allowing vaping bars
WSAU - April 22, 2014

The proposal would have made the vapor pen and electronic cigarette businesses eligible as a conditional use in B-1 and B-3 business zoning districts.

Hard Hat Tour
urbanmilwaukee – April 21, 2014

The hotel proper is not part of the sovereign land that lies beneath the casino, and unlike the gaming hall, it will be smoke-free in all of its rooms. The land is ...

Mid-States Poker Tour expands to Milwaukee
Casino City Times - April 20, 2014

The MSPT at Potawatomi Casino will take place August 30 September 7, 2014 and boast a $200,000 ... The smoke-free hotel broke ground in 2012. It will offer ...

Senator Harris: Advocating for Healthy Youth
Milwaukee Courier Weekly Newspaper - April 19, 2014

Many teens particularly, are beginning to participate in a popular new trend known as vaping. Vaping refers to inhaling the vapors from electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, a battery-powered device that delivers a dose of nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals. However, studies show that e-cigarettes are not scientifically proven to be an effective tool to discourage cigarette smoking. Instead, those individuals that do want to quit should turn to organizations such as the Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network (WAATPN), which educates smokers about the dangers of smoking and provides information about smoking cessation programs

Area students clean up community
WXOW.com - April 17, 2014

The students are part of the Tobacco Free Work Group to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking. Students do a similar clean up each year around Earth ...

New Dane County Board chair a Middleton progressive
Capital Times - April 17, 2014

“The very first thing we did was ban smoking in the city-county chambers. Some of the more entrenched supervisors were still puffing away with their feet up.”.

A look back in the AT archives
Advance Titan - April 17, 2014

The April 6, 1989 staff editorial focused on new alcohol bans in Wisconsin ... rules put in place by UW-Stevens Point that banned smoking and plans to ban alcohol ... While smoking is still banned within residence halls, students old enough to ...

A downtown institution, FDL's Main Exchange to close after 35 years
Fond du Lac Reporter - April 16, 2014

Boyd said the closure was brought on by a perfect storm of a 100-year flood in 2008, the national recession and local economy, city smoking ban and health ...

Letter: Keep up pressure in war on smoking
Marshfield News-Herald - April 11, 2014

Smoke-free policies that protect nonsmokers in all workplaces and public places. Hard-hitting mass media campaigns informing them about the dangers of ...

Taylor Iwaszko: E-cigarettes are dangerous and need to go away
Capital Times (blog) - April 9, 2014

The aerosol produced by the e-cigs is made up of ultrafine particles at very high concentrations of nicotine and low levels of toxins known to cause cancer. Not only that but it contains traces of metals including chromium, nickel, and tin nanoparticles. This new fad in the smoking world is concerning to health professionals and parents alike as the industry continues to market to youth by producing products made of hundreds of different flavors like cherry, cotton candy, grape, bubblegum, and the list goes on.

My own Bill Kramer story
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog) - March 30, 2014

In 2009, Governor Jim Doyle signed the indoor smoking ban. Republicans ranted and railed, predicting wide spread closure of bars and restaurants and general state-wide chaos. (This has since been proved completely false, of course restaurant and bar business is actually up.) One of the chief purveyors of that rant was State Rep. Bill Kramer. It was one of his main points in a Doyle attack speech delivered to the Waukesha Kiwanis Club, of which I was the president at the time.

Your Views: Janesville City Council earns applause for ban on selling e-cigarettes to...
Gazettextra - March 29, 2014

As someone who is on the Board of Directors for Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change (JM4C), I and my other JM4C members would like to thank the Janesville City Council for its recent ordinance amendment that specifically and clearly demonstrates the prohibition of purchasing or possessing nicotine products by children.

Mayoral Referendum Comes Down to Vote
hngnews.com - March 26, 2014

A prime example was a proposed smoking ban in which he felt city residents broke almost evenly on that issue. Hintz also questioned whether any mayor in ...

On the Job: Point Vaper opens in Stevens Point
Stevenspointjournal - March 23, 2014

Point Vaper sells electronic cigarettes, various accessories and liquids. ... location sealed his decision to open an electronic cigarette shop in Stevens Point. ... about 30 flavored liquids, and has the ability to create roughly 100 custom flavors.

Lake Mills groups duel over city manager, mayor government
Daily Union - March 21, 2014

...A prime example was a proposed smoking ban in which he felt city residents broke almost evenly on that issue. Hintz also questioned whether any mayor ...

Journal Times editorial: Keep e-cigarettes legal for now
Journal Times - March 20, 2014

Under the state's indoor smoking ban, smoking is defined as burning or holding, or inhaling or exhaling smoke from any lighted piece of smoking equipment ...

Jason Bertrand: Tobacco-free campus will improve health
La Crosse Tribune - March 20, 2014

That's why we are hoping to become a tobacco-free campus — it will prevent young adults from an addiction to these dangerous products and help those who ...

Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 column: The original turning point of tobacco prevention
The Sheboygan Press - March 19, 2014

The turning point for tobacco prevention came on Jan. 11, 1964, with the first Surgeon Generals Report. That Saturday morning, the U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the official report linking smoking to illness and death and suggesting the government should do something about it. Wisconsin is healthier since the smoke-free law took effect in 2010. ...

E-cigarette exemption bill garners mixed reaction from local advocates, legislators
The Oshkosh Northwestern - March 18, 2014

A bill that would allow the use of electronic cigarettes indoors, despite Wisconsin's smoking ban, is garnering mixed reaction from local stakeholders. Introduced ...

Fred Risser gears up for another fight over smoking
Madison.com - March 16, 2014

State Sen. Fred Risser has been fighting against cigarettes for more than 50 years. Now Risser is concerned that the state is taking a step backwards in its fight against tobacco use. A Senate committee recently approved a bill that exempts electronic cigarettes from the state indoor smoking ban. E-cigarettes, which are now being marketed as a method to wean people off of traditional cigarettes, work by vaporizing a liquid mix of nicotine and other substances, such as flavoring, so that smokers inhale and exhale a vapor rather than smoke.

Smoking ban clarification sought regarding e-cigarettes
Journal Times - March 15, 2014

In Wisconsin, even though there is an indoor smoking ban, using e-cigarettes indoors is allowed. But the way the law is written, its a little bit murky, said Assembly Speaker Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester. E-cigarettes are growing in popularity and the law should be cleared up to show they are legal, Vos said.

E-cigarettes banned from Green Bay school campuses
Appleton Post Crescent - March 14, 2014

A few districts are updating policies to include the ban of e-cigarettes, and some schools ... That could include education to help them stop smoking or detention

Electronic cigarettes bill clears hurdle
WIBA-AM - March 14, 2014

Smokers back use of e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking conventional cigarettes. Doctors and scientists say toxic particles in the nicotine-laced vapor could be ...

State Senate panel backs bill allowing e-cigarettes indoors
Green Bay Press Gazette - March 13, 2014

Sam Zaretzke smokes an e-cigarette while working at It Is Vapor in Oshkosh. / Joe Sienkiewicz/Gannett Wisconsin Media ...

Bill Allowing E-Cigs Indoors Clears Hurdle in Wis. Senate Committee
WDIO-TV - March 13, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A bill allowing electronic cigarettes indoors has cleared a Wisconsin Senate committee. The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary ...

Wis. Bill Would allow use of E-Cigarettes Indoors
WSAW - March 13, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill that would let smokers use electronic cigarettes indoors. The bill is up for a committee vote .

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL ROUNDUP: GOP voters favors a ...
Pierce County Herald - March 13, 2014

The judiciary panel is scheduled to vote on exempting e-cigarettes from the state's three-and-a-half year old public indoor ban on tobacco smoking. West Bend ...

Special Assignment Debate over e-cigarettes heating up in Wisconsin
Newsradio 620 - March 12, 2014

MILWAUKEE - The smoking ban in our state is pretty clear--no smoking in public ... in places like bars and restaurants--where cigarettes are currently banned.

School districts, municipalities looking at e-cigarette policies
Beloit Daily News - March 12, 2014

A proposal to exempt e-cigarettes from the Wisconsin indoor smoking ban could allow the use of cigarettes indoors, However, the move may result in ...

Make sure e-cigarettes are safe
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - March 11, 2014

Christian Schneider's position to exempt e-cigarettes from the ban on public smoking is poorly considered ("Exempt e-cigarettes from ban," Crossroads, March 9). The column itself provides ample reason to ban these devices from public spaces. First, according to Schneider, an e-smoker "exhale(s) a harmless vapor that bears no resemblance to traditional cigarette smoke." Yet the column includes a photo of an e-smoker exhaling a large plume of what looks exactly like cigarette smoke into the public space that she may share with her fellow citizens. E-cigarettes contain carcinogens. Schneider considers this and concludes: "So what?" Given the scientific data available, there is no reason to assume that the vapor exhaled by an e-cigarette smoker is safe. For years, children suffered respiratory infections and asthma attacks and adults died from lung cancer caused by their exposure to secondhand smoke, while the tobacco industry said "so what?" To make the same mistake with e-cigarettes would be tragic. The current situation mirrors the early 20th century when Americans turned to "the then-presumably safer practice of smoking" (again Schneider's words), which produced an epidemic of lung cancer and chronic lung disease in the United States.

E-cigarettes may be exempt from smoking ban
UW Badger Herald - March 10, 2014

A bill would exempt electronic cigarettes from the statewide indoor smoking ban adopted in 2010, allowing people to smoke e-cigarettes in areas such as bars, restaurants and lodging establishments. Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, the bills author, said it is doubtful that the bill would be taken up before the end of this legislative session, but he predicted it would pass without much opposition in the next session, after this falls elections.

Local landlords implement smoke-free policy
WXOW.com - March 8, 2014

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - If you're a landlord, you need to keep up with the ever-changing landlord tenant laws and practices.

Bill Would Allow Use of E-Cigs in Wisconsin Restaurants and Bars
WUWM - March 7, 2014

In the past few years, more people have been skirting the state's indoor smoking ban by “vaping” – that's the term for dragging on electronic cigarettes.

GREEN BAY – Oneida spending $28 million on casino upgrades
BizTimes.com (Milwaukee) - March 7, 2014

The tribe is remodeling and modernizing the main gaming floor, creating a large non-smoking area, installing more game choices and adding five new ...

Is Big Tobacco a barrier to e-cigs' entry? Bloomberg (Video)
Milwaukee Business Journal - March 6, 2014

Is Big Tobacco a barrier to e-cigs' entry? Bloomberg (Video). March 5 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Industries' Kenneth Shea examines the growth of e-cigarettes ...

Dane County addresses tobacco use by minors
UW Badger Herald - March 6, 2014

While rates of youth tobacco sales have seen a slight decline in the county, preventative groups continue to fight to extinguish cigarette and tobacco use. ... Coalition, said the issue with tobacco consumption does not primarily lie with cigarettes. ... youth access is vendors in individual stores not taking the time to look at IDs.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL ROUNDUP: Both sides of the E ...
Pierce County Herald - March 6, 2014

Both sides made strong arguments yesterday on whether smokers should be ... e-cigarettes from the state's public indoor smoking ban adopted in 2010. ... Several places, including Los Angeles, include e-cigarettes in their smoking bans.

Wisconsin Bill Would Exempt E-cigarettes from Ban
WSAW - March 6, 2014

The measure would effectively allow e-cigarette users to smoke where traditional smoking is banned. Wisconsin's statewide indoor smoking ban took effect in ...

Arguments for and against E-cigarettes in public buildings
WSAU - March 6, 2014

A Senate committee held a public hearing on a bill to exempt e-cigarettes from the state's public indoor smoking ban adopted in 2010. The bill's supporters said ...

E-cigarette bill receives public hearing
Madison.com - March 5, 2014

... and contain nicotine-laced vapor, from a current statewide indoor smoking ban. ... instituted in New York banning the devices “could seep inland,” according to ...

Doctors oppose e-cigarette bill; smokers in favor
Fond du Lac Reporter - March 5, 2014

A sampling of electronic cigarette supplies are seen in a shop in Oklahoma City. South Dakota lawmakers are considering a proposal that would ban the sale of ...

WI Legislature Takes Up Question of Banning E-Cigarettes
Public News Service - March 5, 2014

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - A public hearing will be held at the State Capitol today on a bill by Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, that exempts e-cigarettes from Wisconsin's smoke-free air law.
Right now, they're not regulated, which Dona Wininsky, director of public policy and communications for the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, believes is wrong Grothman contends there is no harm from e-cigarettes and that no one is exposed to secondhand smoke from them. But according to Wininsky, it's unknown if they're safe...

E-cigarette exemption bill up for public hearing Tuesday
WHBL Sheboygan - March 4, 2014

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Should you be able to smoke electronic cigarettes while you're out for dinner? State lawmakers will explore that question Tuesday afternoon, when they hold a hearing on a bill to exempt e-cigarettes from the statewide indoor public smoking ban.

Buzz Extra: E-cigarettes polarize reader base
Appleton Post Crescent - February 20, 2014

Should electronic cigarettes should be allowed in business establishments or banned? After seeing a sign prohibiting them at Buffalo Wild Wings in Grand ...

Smoke, But No Fire
Volume One - February 20, 2014

Granted, electronic cigarettes – e-cigs, for short – have the potential to free smokers from one of the most deadly addictions humanity has ever encountered ...

The Buzz: Should e-cigs be allowed or banned?
Appleton Post Crescent February 17, 2014

One of the most arresting images from the Golden Globes broadcast last month was a glimpse of Julia Louis-Dreyfus smoking an e-cigarette, or electronic cigarette. The actress got a lot of grief for it for glamorizing the devices and she explained that it had just been part of a skit....

Eau Claire Transit considers e-cig ban
Leader-Telegram - February 15, 2014

Electronic cigarettes soon may be banned on Eau Claire city buses and in the ... companies promote as an alternative to regular cigarettes, which are subject to ...

LETTER: Nina Gregerson: Smoke-free policies are profitable
Capital Times (Madison, WI) - February 7, 2014

Multi-unit apartment homes that permit smoking cause harm to not only the tenants, but the landlord’s pocketbook. It costs approximately two to seven times as much to clean a unit that has been smoked in compared to one that has not. Costs include paint

LETTER: Smokefree law should cover e-cigs, too
La Crosse Tribune - February 6, 2014

State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, wants to exempt e-cigarettes from the state smokefree air law and permit their use indoors. He reasons that the ...

E-Cigs: Confusion And Candy Flavors
DoorCountyDailyNews.com - February 6, 2014

There is a lot of confusion about so-called e-cigs and other new-tech electronic smoking devices. While some claim they are effective at helping smokers quit, ...

Smokers, Smoke-Free Groups React to CVS Dropping Tobacco Sales
WBAY – February 5, 2014

And, groups like the Community Action for Healthy Living in the Fox Valley, which promote smoke- free habits among kids, support the decision. "When youth are ...

First Amendment violation? WI city looking to restrict alcohol, tobacco ads
Watchdog.org - February 5, 2014

LODI, Wis. Attention Lodi business owners: Your city government is looking to infringe on your First Amendment rights. Mayor Paul Fisk has proposed an ordinance prohibiting alcohol and tobacco advertisements within 500 feet of schools, playgrounds, parks, recreation facilities, child-care centers and libraries.

E-cigarettes banned for sale to minors in Dane County
Wisconsin State Journal - January 30, 2014

An e-cigarette, or electronic cigarette, is a device that turns formulated liquid into a vapor when the user inhales, with the vapor coming in various flavors and ...

Other views: Schools need to develop e-cigarette policies
Herald Times Reporter - January 30, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices. An atomizer in the device heats a liquid containing nicotine and turns it into a vapor that can be inhaled.

Clearing the air
Appleton Post Crescent - January 29, 2014

Fox Cities education leaders are clearing the air: Electronic cigarettes are not welcome on school grounds. With the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, school district officials have altered alcohol, tobacco and other drug guidelines to keep the devices out of school. The Appleton Area School Districts board of education recently revised its smoking and tobacco use policy to specifically include e-cigarettes. Assistant Superintendent Val Dreier said the district wanted to make the policy as clear as possible to students and parents

State Debate: Farm bill, Scott Walker's tax plans, e-cigarettes debated today
77Square.com - January 29, 2014

Too many students are experimenting with e-cigarettes, complains the Green Bay Press-Gazette in an editorial. It urges school districts to take charge and ban them from school grounds because we don't know if they're actually safe, the paper contends.

Editorial: Schools need to alter policies to address e-cigarette use
Green Bay Press Gazette - January 28, 2014

The use of electronic cigarettes among our youth is increasing. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report last year showed that the number of middle and high school students who experimented or recently used e-cigarettes doubled in 2011-12. That means 1.78 million students have used e-cigarettes as of 2012, the CDC reports. Yet, some school districts dont specifically ban them. That may be changing, and that is good news

Fox Cities schools explicitly ban e-cigarettes
Newsdaily.com - January 21, 2014

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) School officials in the Fox Cities are updating their guidelines to ban e-cigarettes on school grounds, saying they want to keep their children safe and healthy.

Appleton schools move to ban e-cigarettes
Wisconsin Radio Network - January 15, 2014

The Appleton Area School District has moved to update its smoking regulations by adding e-cigarettes to the district's smoking prohibitions. An area anti smoking ...

Schools adding e-cigarettes to smoking policies
WHBY - January 14, 2014

...Grace Lind of Community Action for Healthy Living says e-cigarettes create a problem, because many school rules ban tobacco products, and the devices ...

Letters from Readers: Keep government out of marriage; Smoke-free ...
Journal Times - January 11, 2014

I'd like to thank some of our local apartments on their decision to go smoke-free this past year. This decision means many residents will have a healthier, safer ...

Tobacco fight in Fond du Lac wages on
Fond du Lac Reporter - January 10, 2014

Sandy Bernier, tobacco prevention program coordinator for Tobacco-Free Living throughout five counties (including Fond du Lac), said although funding has been drastically cut the program continues to make a difference in educating youth and pushing for new laws. ...

History repeats on e-cigarettes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - January 8, 2014

One of my favorite games as a child was cigarette tag. Whoever was "it" would try to tag you before you could squat down and shout out the name of a brand of cigarettes that hadn't yet been called. My 6-year-old friends and I knew all the brand names; we could sing each of the catchy cigarette jingles "Winston tastes good like a (clap, clap) cigarette should" that we heard many times each day while listening to the radio or watching TV. Now, 50 years after the first surgeon general's report, history is repeating itself. A new cigarette has emerged that is being advertised to children and used in enclosed places where cigarette smoking is prohibited. The electronic cigarette, commonly known as the e-cigarette, falls outside the scope of advertising bans and smoke-free laws. (Wisconsin's law specifically exempts e-cigarettes.) Children see celebrities using this product on prime-time television, and at least one cartoon character touts its use. In October 2013, British American Tobacco even placed ads for e-cigarettes on children's iPad games but quickly pulled the ads after being widely reported. E-cigarettes are marketed in a variety of flavors, including cherry crush, peach schnapps, java jolt and magnificent menthol; such flavoring agents increase the appeal of the product to youth. Not surprisingly, the use of e-cigarettes is rapidly increasing among children. This is why this "next generation" product is of concern to pediatricians like myself; it offers an excellent way to addict the next generation of children to nicotine. The fact that e-cigarettes can be used legally in places where cigarette smoking is prohibited is also worrisome. The vapor emitted from e-cigarettes is not safe; it contains nicotine and other toxic and carcinogenic substances including formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and acrolein, volatile organic compounds including toluene and xylene, tobacco specific nitrosamines, cadmium, nickel and lead. Secondhand exposure to these substances can harm non-users. ...

Sen. Glenn Grothman's bill would exempt e-cigarettes from smoking ban
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - January 3, 2014

Madison A state senator wants to ensure people can puff on electronic cigarettes in restaurants, bars and other public places by introducing a bill that would explicitly exempt the products from the state's 31/2-year-old smoking ban. Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) said he put forward the bill because he was concerned "busybody public health" officials and interest groups would attempt to limit the use of e-cigarettes. He pointed to New York City's recent decision to include e-cigarettes in its smoking ban as a reason to be worried it could happen here. "Things that happen on the coast have a tendency to seep inland," he said. ...

Bill Would Make E-Cigarettes Legal In Bars, Restaurants
WXPR - December 31, 2013

A bill in the Wisconsin Senate would update the language in Wisconsin's statewide smoking ban to make electronic cigarettes legal in public places.

Groups target small flavored cigars
Appleton Post Crescent - December 28, 2013

They come in flavors including bubble gum, chocolate and cookie dough. In some cases, the shiny, brightly colored packaging makes them look like candy. Theyre sometimes even found in the candy aisle. Teenagers who wont pay $6 to $8 for a pack of cigarettes might be tempted to fork over 99 cents to try a flavored little cigar or cigarillo

Reg Wydeven column: More cities, states move to ban e-cigarettes
Appleton Post Crescent - December 28, 2013

I also wrote about a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control revealing an increased use of e-cigarettes, cigars and hookahs. The U.S. Food and ...

Bill Would Exempt E-Cigarettes From Smoking Ban
Wisconsin Public Radio News - December 17, 2013

Wisconsin is now among a number of states that are either considering how to deal with electronic cigarettes or have already passed laws regulating them. State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) introduced a bill that would exempt e-cigarettes from the states 2010 smoking ban.

Changes coming to UW-Stevens Point campus under tobacco-free ...
WSAU - December 16, 2013

UW-Stevens Point students will be seeing a different campus next year after university officials made the choice to go entirely smoke free in the fall of 2014.

At Issue: Electronic cigarettes
Capital Times - December 16, 2013

Current Wisconsin law prohibits smoking in most indoor locations that are not private residences. The law defines smoking as burning or holding, or inhaling or exhaling smoke from, any lighted smoking equipment containing tobacco. That includes cigars, cigarettes and pipes. This bill (SB440) would make it clear that in terms of the smoking ban, the term smoking does not include holding, or inhaling or exhaling vapor or a vaporized solution from, an electronic device that does not contain tobacco, such as an electronic cigarette (or e-cigarette).

New business sells e-cigs downtown
Superior Telegram - November 12, 2013

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have made the leap to Superior. Ecig Crib opened Friday at 1412 Tower Ave. It is the business fourth store; the other three are located in the Twin Cities. The shop offers e-cigarettes as well as an array of flavored juices to fill them with, ranging from tobacco to vanilla, Gummi bears to blueberry waffle.

Menominee tout Kenosha casino benefits
Kenosha News - November 5, 2013

During a press conference Tuesday, tribe members said the revenue generated by the casino would benefit local and state tax coffers, plus create 3,300 ...

GOP irks municipal officials by curbing local control
Fond du Lac Reporter - November 5, 2013

Since consolidating control of state government in 2011, Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Legislature have enacted a series of laws that upend a bedrock of their partys conservatism: the principle of local control. The GOP has wrested away from local governments control of cell phone tower siting, shoreland zoning restrictions, landlord-tenant regulations, public employee residency requirements, family medical leave rules for private companies and large soft drink bans, among other things. Thompson noted that the recent trend began when Gov. Jim Doyle and the Democrat-controlled Legislature required municipalities to maintain funding levels for public safety employees. They also passed a statewide public smoking ban some local officials opposed. But the trend has accelerated under Republican leadership.

E-cigarettes: Yes or no?
Stoutonia - October 22, 2013

University of Wisconsin–Stout was the first 4-year campus in the UW system to be tobacco-free, and it has remained this way for nearly three years. Smoking ...

UW System schools consider banning e-cigarettes
UW Badger Herald - October 21, 2013

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes continues to grow, University of Wisconsin System schools are beginning to consider including rules on e-cigarettes in ...

Wisconsin colleges deal with e-cigarettes
Green Bay Press Gazette - October 18, 2013

College campuses across Wisconsin are grappling with electronic cigarettes, a relatively new product that more young people are trying and using. ... In Wisconsin, 16 colleges and universities have smoke-free policies, both indoors and out, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. ...

Oneidas embrace Kenosha casino; 'tax-relief' bill further dissected ...
River Towns - October 18, 2013

Green Bay's Oneida Indian tribe has come out in favor of the proposed ... That's because the tax relief is being funneled through the state's school aid formula, ...

Bies takes on candy-flavored cigars
Green Bay Press Gazette - October 17, 2013

Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, for authoring the Backpack Tobacco Act (LRB-0574/1). ... to sell candy-flavored cigars cheaper and avoid the steeper cigarette taxes. ... sure candy-flavored cigars are sold at the same $6 to $8 per pack as cigarettes, ...

Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions adopting smoke free policy
WEAU-TV Channel 13 NBC (Eau Claire, WI) - October 16, 2013

An area company is making all of the residential rental properties it manages smoke free starting this spring. Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions in La Crosse decided to make the switch after trying it out on a couple of its buildings last year.

Letter: Smoke-free housing is cheaper and more popular
Wausau Daily Herald - October 16, 2013

This year, I'd like to thank local property managers who are helping reduce the number of fires in central Wisconsin by making their properties smoke-free.

Tobacco coalition's Ryan Sheahan: Save lives and cash by going ...
Capital Times - October 11, 2013

Dear Editor: Oct. 6 started Fire Prevention Week, a national event to raise awareness of fire safety. This year, Id like to thank local property managers who are helping reduce the number of fires in Dane County by making their properties smoke-free. In addition to the health benefits, there are many other reasons to go smoke-free.

After wider ban fails, board mulls outlawing smoking on beaches
Journal Times - October 11, 2013

RACINE Outdoor smoking would be banned in all city recreational areas under ... is mulling a proposal that would ban smoking just on the city's two beaches.

'Make property free of smoke'
Beloit Daily News - October 10, 2013

This is Fire Prevention Week, a national event to raise awareness of fire safety. This year, Id like to thank local property managers who are helping reduce the number of fires in Beloit by making their properties smoke-free. Theyre popular. 72% of Wisconsin residents who keep their units smoke-free, but live in buildings that allow smoking, would prefer a smoke-free building.

No smoke, but lots of fire!
Daily Mail - October 3, 2013

The latest in a spate of e-cigarette explosions have health and fire officials warning 'vapers' - as e-smokers have come to be known - that 'healthier' alternatives to smoking are far from danger-free. Firefighters in the town of La Crosse, Wisconsin, responded to an incident this week where an e-cigarette erupted from its charger, launching about 25 feet from the power socket to start a fire across the room, according to News8000.

Casino would be windfall
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - October 2, 2013

Right now, Kenosha has an empty dog track. It produces no jobs, no tax revenue and no out-of-state income. Put a casino in, especially a non-smoking casino, and it will be an employment and income windfall. I live near Potawatomi and choose to drive to Illinois to gamble at its smoke-free casinos. I enjoy gambling without risking lung cancer. I see the Wisconsin license plates in the Illinois parking lots.

Racine rejects outdoor smoking ban plans
Wisconsin Radio Network - October 2, 2013

The Racine Common Council has narrowly snuffed out a proposed outdoor smoking ordinance for recreational areas. The Council on Tuesday voted 7-6 to receive and file a proposal from the citys Committee of the Whole, which would have directed the city attorney to draft an ordinance than banned smoking and smoking by-products from city parks and shelters, along with golf courses, beaches, and sports complexes.

Smoking ban voted down
Journal Times - October 2, 2013

RACINE Outdoor smoking would be banned in all city recreational areas under ... We're not ready just yet to support the ban of smoking in all City of Racine ...

Poll shows strong support for smoke-free parks
La Crosse (WI) Tribune - September 26, 2013

The Transform Wisconsin poll found that 73 percent of those surveyed in La Crosse County favor tobacco-free parks, beaches and fairgrounds, with 54 percent strongly backing the idea. On the butt end of the survey, 25 percent oppose such a ban, 15 percent

Smoke-free apartments are a tough sell locally
Racine (WI) Journal Times - September 25, 2013

RACINE — Focus on Community workers have spent the past year trying to get apartment managers to commit to making their multi-unit buildings smoke-free. It hasn’t been an easy task.

13 percent of pregnant Wisconsin women smoke
The State - September 25, 2013

State health officials are trying to help pregnant women who smoke kick the habit.

Neenah separates itself with control of alcohol, smoking
Appleton Post Crescent - September 23, 2013

Neenah bans alcoholic beverages from all city parks. ... When Scherck was an alderman in the 1990s, he proposed a smoking ban for Neenah restaurants but ...

Racine seeks smoking ban in recreation areas
Newsradio 620 - September 17, 2013

RACINE - Sara Mentink comes to the North Beach in Racine to play with her little girl. She opposes the move to ban smoking at city recreation areas. There are ...

Aldermen move toward banning smoking at city recreation areas
Journal Times - September 17, 2013

RACINE - Outdoor smoking would be banned in all city recreational areas under an ... 15th District Alderman Eddie Diehl voiced concern that a ban could snag ...

Nina Gregerson: Apartment buildings should be non-smoking
Wisconsin State Journal - September 3, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us secondhand smoke can sicken and even kill those exposed, which means that sharing a space with a smoker can be dangerous to your health. This also applies to a multi-unit apartment homes that has one smoker. The smoke can seep into a nonsmokers living space through air vents, electrical outlets and cracks in the walls. The other residents will be exposed even if they may not see or smell the secondhand smoke.

Casino jobs not as glamorous as on TV
Kenosha News - August 31, 2013

In the movies, casino jobs seem glamorous. Comments: This article doesn't mention the extremely significant issue of second-hand smoke. Numerous studies have shown that casino patrons smoke at higher rates than the general public. Since Native American casinos in Wisconsin are one of the only places that are fully exempt from the law prohibiting smoking in public accommodations, the casino workers are forced to smoke along with the patrons. Walk into any Wisconsin casino and you will smell the stench of cigarettes. These unfortunate casino employees will end their shifts every day suffering from the ill effects of the overwhelming concentration of second-hand smoke in their work environment.

County housing authority tenants breathe easy with smoke-free ...
Ashland Daily Press - August 30, 2013

Aug.1, 2013 was an important day. It was that day when 40 rental units managed by the Ashland County Housing Authority made the transition to smoke-free.

Letter: Wisconsin is better off smoke-free
Wausau (WI) Daily Herald - July 16, 2013

Judging from its three short years of existence, it's clear that the smoke-free law's public health impact will only continue to grow in the years ahead. Simply put, Wisconsin is better -- and far healthier -- smoke-free.

Diane Rowley: Thank loyal customers, not smoking ban, for steady ...
77Square.com - July 10, 2013

In fact, according to your arguments with the Tavern League prior to the smoking ban, that percentage should be higher since all the non-smokers would go out.

Derek Rideout: Article on smoking ban and revenue gains is ...
77Square.com - July 9, 2013

Saturday's article "Smoking ban leads to revenue gains" is misleading. It claims a link between increased revenue at bars and restaurants, and the smoking ban.

Smoking Ban 3 Years Later: Profits Boom, Workers Healthier
WSAW - July 9, 2013

Would you like smoking or non? That used to be the question hosts and hostesses had to ask, but now Wisconsin's smoking ban in all public places including ...

Wisconsin smoking ban now three years old
MyFox Wausau - July 9, 2013

At the time, many bars and restaurants raised concerns that it would drive customers away. But health advocates say just the opposite has happened. "9 out of ...

Smoking Ban 3 Years Later: Profits Boom, Workers Healthier
WSAW - July 9, 2013

Would you like smoking or non? That used to be the question hosts and hostesses had to ask, but now Wisconsin's smoking ban in all public places including ...

State bars and restaurants doing well three years after smoking ban
Wisconsin State Journal - July 6, 2013

Wisconsin bars and restaurants are reaping more than health benefits from the statewide workplace smoking ban that went into effect three years ago Friday. According to the Wisconsin Restaurant Association and state tax data, bars and restaurants showed a 4 percent increase in revenue from the 2011 to 2012 calendar year.

Bar, restaurant revenue rises after smoking ban
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 6, 2013

Bars and restaurants in Wisconsin have seen an increase in revenue since the state enacted a workplace smoking ban three years ago, the State Journal reports. According to the Wisconsin Restaurant Association and state tax data, bars and restaurants showed a 4 percent increase in revenue from the 2011 to 2012 calendar year.

Clean air: Even some bar owners toast Wisconsin's third smoke-free anniversary
La Crosse (WI) Tribune - July 5, 2013

As health officials toast the third anniversary of Wisconsin’s smoke-free workplace law today, even some bar owners concede that the law’s merits outweigh the demerits. Many in the tavern and restaurant industries had predicted plunging business after t

Local bar owners not feeling effects of smoking ban
WQOW TV News 18 - July 5, 2013

MENOMONIE (WQOW) - Friday marks the third anniversary of the statewide smoking ban for Wisconsin bars and restaurants. The ban's supporters can breathe ...

LETTER: Wisconsin law clears the air
Superior Telegram - July 2, 2013

As the saying goes, time flies when youre having fun. Apparently it also flies when your air is clean. It may be hard to believe, but Wisconsins landmark smoke-free workplace law is turning 3-years-old July 5.

UW-River Falls becomes tobacco-free campus today
Leader-Telegram - July 1, 2013

UW-River Falls will join more than 700 other college campuses across the United States when it becomes a tobacco-free campus today. Smoking and the use of other tobacco products will be prohibited on all campus grounds.

Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition to host lunch and learn June 25
Starjournalnow - June 21, 2013

Attendees can enjoy a free lunch while learning about tobacco prevention and the importance of tobacco control. There will be a presentation on other tobacco ...

Landlords can prohibit smoking in common areas
Kenosha News (subscription) - June 21, 2013

This VOP is written as additional support and information for Terry Flores' article, “County working with landlords to provide smoke-free housing.” As staff ...

UW-River Falls to become a tobacco-free campus July 1
WEAU - June 17, 2013

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (RELEASE FROM UWRF)--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will join more than 700 other college campuses across the United States ...

LETTER: It's UWS' turn for tobacco-free
Superior Telegram - June 7, 2013

It is time for the University of Wisconsin-Superior to take a leadership role in the community and go tobacco-free. The University of Minnesota Duluth, St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College already have policies in place for smoke- or tobacco-free campuses, as do many other schools throughout the UW System. In 2003, all UW System residence halls went smoke-free, and in 2010, workplaces and public places in Wisconsin joined them. The Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation recently released their updated list of tobacco-free college campuses. To date, 16 Wisconsin campuses encompassing 57 sites have made the move to a tobacco-free campus, indoors and out.

Oneida casino betting on $28 million facelift
The Oshkosh Northwestern - June 4, 2013

Visitors to the casino also will find more areas where smoking is prohibited, ... the Oneida casino facilities competitive with other Wisconsin casinos and other ...

Counselor receives tobacco-free award
Stevenspointjournal - May 24, 2013

Jennifer Berdan, Amherst Middle School counselor and AODA coordinator, received an Appreciation Award from the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition at a recent meeting of the Tomorrow River School Board.

UW-L tobacco-free campus plans postponed
WXOW.com – May 19, 2013

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Plans to make the UW-L campus tobacco-free are currently on hold. Organizers are now working to revise the proposal to ...

UW-L aims for compromise on smoking ban
WEAU - May 9, 2013

(WEAU) -- UW-La Crosse is trying to come up with a compromise to its smoking ban plan. Students and the Academic Staff Council voted in favor of banning ...

New West Salem apartment will be 100 percent smoke-free
WXOW.com - May 6, 2013

WEST SALEM, Wisconsin (WXOW) When David Birdd started building his new apartment complex, he measured the benefits of opening a smoke-free ...

Students Vote for Tobacco-Free UW-L
WXOW.com - April 29, 2013

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) The UW-L campus is one step closer to a tobacco-free campus. On April 16, students voted in favor of the Nobacco '13 ...

Editorial: Smoke Free Campus Survey
Exponent - April 18, 2013

A random sample of students, faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville were invited to fill out an online survey based on the interests of a Wisconsin State-supported program called Spark from March 11-22. According to the American Lung Association website, Spark offers 18-24-year-olds a way to educate people in their campus communities about the health risks of tobacco use. Spark is helping college campuses pass tobacco-free policies and educate campus communities that tobacco in all its forms is a threat, the ALA webpage said. According to the website, there are currently 62 Wisconsin college campuses that are completely tobacco free.

Wichmann, M.A.; Cruickshanks, K.J.; Nondahl, D.M.; Chappell, R.; Klein, B.E.; Klein, R.; Fischer, M.E., "Changes in environmental tobacco smoke exposure: the Beaver Dam experience," WMJ 112(2): 53-57, April 2013.

Conclusions— Between the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, ETS exposure in older adults decreased. Decreasing exposures suggest there may be future declines in ETS-related adverse health outcomes.

Ryan Sheahan: Your neighbor's smoke is a home invader
Wisconsin State Journal - April 7, 2013

You are sitting in your home, about to watch a movie with your children on a chilly Friday evening. You have a bowl of popcorn in your lap and your two kids nuzzled next to you on the couch. As you go to push “play” on your remote, your neighbor in the apartment next door lights up a cigarette. Suddenly, your lungs, and your kids’ lungs are filled with secondhand smoke. Tobacco smoke knows no boundaries and can cause virtually the same negative health effects among innocent and unwilling bystanders as it does to the smoker. A new initiative here in Wisconsin called Clear Gains was organized to turn multi-unit housing like private apartments and public housing into smoke-free environments. The effort is focused on convincing property managers and owners to voluntarily adopt smoke-free policies that will give their residents a healthier and safer place to live. …

It's a wrap: Community Tobacco-Free Programs keep candy-flavored ...
Milwaukee Courier Weekly Newspaper - March 30, 2013

… Focusing on the sale of tobacco products commonly used for drug paraphernalia is a critical link to the larger issues at hand, and several states have already taken action to curb the sales of blunts. … This is why the work of the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program is critical to our community: it places a high priority on tobacco education and works to address tobacco-related disparities. …

Students continue push for tobacco-free UW-L
WXOW.com - March 29, 2013

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Students on the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse campus continue taking the initiative to make the campus tobacco-free.

Featured bartender: Lucas Oseland of Bar 360
OnMilwaukee.com - March 21, 2013

… OMC: Does it bother you that smoking is allowed in the casino? LO: I don't have a problem with it and I'm an ex-smoker. The ventilation system in here is great. I hardly notice it. We get a lot of customers who come here just so they can drink and smoke. …

Completely smoke-free policies don't belong in UWGB
Fourth Estate Newspaper – March 13, 2013

According to The Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, as of Jan. 2, at least 1,129 college and university campuses in the U.S. have adopted 100 percent smoke-free campus policies to eliminate smoking across the entire campus. According to the ANR, this number has increased by 110 campuses between July 2010 and July 2011. The number rapidly increased by 599 campuses between July 2011 and January 2013. The ANR expects this number to continue to climb quickly as a result of the growing social norm of supporting smoke free environments. Support also comes from within the academic community for such policies for campus health and well-being, but it’s not practical to bring the policies to UW-Green Bay. …

Maddi Buscho: UW-L should make campus smokefree
La Crosse Tribune - March 5, 2013

The plan to make the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse a tobacco-free campus ... Having a tobacco-free campus would reflect well on the school's already ...

Walker Budget Would Charge State Workers $50 a Month for Smoking
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio - February 28, 2013

Several anti-smoking groups, including Smoke Free Wisconsin and the American Lunch Association say there is little evidence that financial incentives and ...

Walker's smoking surcharge faces opposition
Fox11online.com - February 28, 2013

Smoke Free Wisconsin, the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society ... The groups say the state should instead use smoke-free laws, tobacco ...

UW-L considering tobacco ban
La Crosse Tribune - February 23, 2013

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is considering whether to ban tobacco use on campus. … Western Technical College already restricts the use of tobacco products on its campuses. Viterbo University requires students to smoke in designated areas. …

Quitters always win with Meta House's new smoke-free policy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - February 9, 2013

The smoke-free campus policy, which kicked off in July, is a huge shift in the culture at the substance abuse treatment center for women, located in Milwaukee's ...

Smoke-free housing effort keeps gaining momentum
Janesville Gazette - February 7, 2013

A countywide effort to make multiunit apartment buildings smoke-free is making progress. One property management company recently converted its Janesville complexes to smoke-free, and other landlords are interested in making the switch, said DeeDee Williams, prevention specialist with Rock County Youth2Youth. …

Grant promotes fresh foods, active lifestyle, smoke-free housing
Herald Times Reporter – January 31, 2013

What if apartment buildings were smoke-free, school gyms were open to community members, and schools served fresh fruits and vegetables purchased from ...

Tobacco sales to minors increase
Herald Times Reporter - January 17, 2013

Tobacco sales to minors during compliance checks in northeast Wisconsin jumped to 14.6 percent in 2012, up from 11.1 percent in 2011, according to a news ...

Wisconsin criticized for failing to discourage smoking in report
WTAQ-January 16, 2013

But the group says Wisconsin does little to encourage smokers to quit – and it ... did get an “A” for its two-and-a-half-year-old ban on smoking in workplaces, ...

Smoking Ban is a Big Change for Residents
WMTV - January 8, 2013

Some local apartments are banning smoking indoors amidst encouragement from the federal government. In Fort Atkinson, the Parkview and Rockland Court Apartments will begin banning smoking in individual units next month. The facilities get rental assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which has encouraged management companies to make the switch with additional grant points and repeated health notices. At Rockland, staff plan to designate a smoking gazebo, but some residents still say the new rules do not make sense. …

Thank-You Letter 12/14/12
Baraboo News Republic - December 14, 2012

It has been a busy year for the South Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free ... The SCW Tobacco Free Coalition would like to thank its supporters for their hard work, ...

Tobacco coalition says thanks for support
Wisconsin Dells Events - December 12, 2012

2012 has been a busy year for the South Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free ... The SCW Tobacco Free Coalition thanks its supporters for their hard work, time and ...

Marinette limits smoking in city parks
Fox11online.com - November 30, 2012

MARINETTE - A policy to limit smoking in city parks is moving forward in Marinette. The new rule would cover areas only around playgrounds where children are often present. The recommendation comes after months of compromise. …

Tobacco sales ordinance, Birth to Three vacancy discussed
Price County Daily - October 31, 2012

Tobacco sales to minors were up in this year's Wisconsin Wins compliance check of Price County retail businesses. Almost a third of purchase attempts in the ...

Worksite wellness column: Smoking bans are an effective tool for the ...
Wausau Daily Herald - October 28, 2012

Most of us know smoking is detrimental to our health. It can cause lung cancer, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is a risk factor for many other chronic diseases. Smoking rates have declined in recent years, in part because of education about the dangers of smoking and the risks of breathing secondhand smoke, and the increased costs of the products from cigarette taxes. One way worksites can improve employee health and limit access to tobacco is through policy changes such as smoking bans. …

Tobacco Free Coalition continues efforts to keep kids smoke-free
Sawyer County Record - October 25, 2012

The Northwest Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition and the state Tobacco Prevention ... One of the tools used to prevent youth access to tobacco is the Wisconsin ...

Chancellor to address state summit on tobacco-free campuses
WEAU-TV 13 - October 25, 2012

Menomonie, Wis. ­ University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen will deliver the keynote address at a conference Tuesday intended to help other colleges and universities in Wisconsin implement tobacco-free policies. .. “I am honored to be asked to talk about the subject of tobacco-free campuses, ... Sorensen accepted the results of those referendums, and the tobacco-free ...

MATC becomes tobacco-free November 1
Times Milwaukee (subscription) - October 10, 2012

In July, MATC campuses were all on fire with the extinguishing of tobacco usage on premises. Smokers were outraged; non-smokers were relieved, but there were still issues in the policy that needed to be cleared up with the students and staff. This policy was implemented to show the school’s progress in being a leader in education and innovation. You could look at MATC being tobacco-free as a wellness initiative, while taking the clean air policy a step further and upgrading the standards for this two-year college. …

Stevens Point CDA properties to go smoke free in future
WSAU - October 2, 2012

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - Stevens Point's Community Development Authority is looking to make their housing properties smoke free in the future. Director ...

Kevin Reeder: Study shows benefits of smoke-free air
77Square.com - September 10, 2012

As supporters of smoke-free air, we at the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Poverty Network are pleased to learn that a study in the Wisconsin Medical Journal shows exposure to secondhand smoke has significantly declined since Wisconsin's smoke-free air law took effect in July 2010. …

Four citations issued since 2010 smoking ban, all at one bar
Green Bay Press Gazette - September 3, 2012

The state smoking ban, which went into effect in July 2010, prohibits smoking in all bars, restaurants and workplaces, and also penalizes bartenders or others ...

Editorial: Smoking ban helps clear the air at home
The Oshkosh Northwestern - August 30, 2012

More than two years after the statewide smoking ban was in place, researchers are finding the ban did more than banish realities of smoke-filled restaurants and bars. It’s making positive changes in residents’ health at home, too. …

Health Notes: Wisconsin's smoke-free law studied
Budgeteer - August 30, 2012

Wisconsin's smoke-free law has had far-reaching effects, according to a study reported this week in the Wisconsin Medical Journal. The study, conducted by the ...

Extra benefits from the smoking ban
Kenosha News (subscription) - August 29, 2012

Remember the law that banned cigarette smoking in public places and workplaces, including restaurants and taverns? It has been in effect for a little more than two years. Did it have an effect on air quality? Yes. A study by the University of Wisconsin’s Carbone Cancer Center said particulate matter in the air in Wisconsin bars and restaurants was reduced by 92 percent. That’s a big benefit for those who work in bars and restaurants, and that was the law’s intended effect. But there have been other effects as well. The American Cancer Society reported this week on a study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health that concludes the law increased the number of people who have strict no-smoking policies in their households, and it decreased exposure to second-hand smoke not only at work but at other places outside of home. …

Secondhand smoke drops inside, outside home after Wisconsin's ...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog) - August 27, 2012

Authors of the new study said, "smoke-free legislation in Wisconsin was ... much) smoking would drop in private households based on a public smoking ban?

Editorial: Smoke-Free Is Working
WISC Madison - August 27, 2012

This week the Wisconsin Medical Journal released a study of the effects of Wisconsin's two year old smoke-free law and the results leave little room for doubt.

Study: Benefits of Wisconsin's smoke-free law spread from work to ...
Milwaukee Business Journal - August 28, 2012

A new health study released Monday finds that exposure to secondhand smoke has dropped both inside and outside of Wisconsin residents' homes since a ...

Journal Times editorial: Just say no to city park smoking ban
Journal Times - August 23, 2012

All of those things are concerns, but a smoking ban in the city's parks is not the ... More than likely, even if smoking is banned at the beach and in parks, some of ...

Smoking ban still in the works for city parks, beaches
Journal Times (WI) - August 14, 2012

The city already bans smoking in city buildings and vehicles. The state smoking ban prohibits smoking in "enclosed places" where people work as well as public ...

Smoking rates continue dropping in Wis.
WHBY - August 13, 2012

Remington says fewer than 20-percent of adults in Wisconsin now smoke. That's half of ... He says back then, half of men, and a third of women were smokers.

Chris Rickert: Hospital's campus smoking ban doesn't include city sidewalks
77Square.com - August 2, 2012

It’s that common American pariah ­ the smoker ­ who’s at the center of a yearslong dispute between Madison’s St. Mary’s Hospital and its neighbors. St. Mary’s, like Madison’s two other hospitals, bans smoking on its “campus” because, given the “destructive effects that smoking has on some of our patients ... we cannot in good conscience allow it on our property,” said St. Mary’s spokesman Steve Van Dinter. That includes the city sidewalks that surround the hospital ­ even though St. Mary’s doesn’t own them and can’t legally stop people from smoking there. …

Tobacco-Free coalition receives grant
Fond du Lac Reporter (WI) - July 25, 2012

The Five Counties for Tobacco-Free Living will receive a $160000 Transform Wisconsin Impact Grant to increase the number of smoke-free apartments, ...

Grant money aimed at smoke-free rentals
AP - Associated Press (WI)- Jul 25, 2012

Public health officials in La Crosse County will use part of a $450,000 state grant to persuade more landlords to ban smoking in their apartment buildings.

Group wants to ban smoking in apartments
WHBY (WI) - July 25, 2012

Fox Cities news and talk radio with the latest local and national news radio broadcast. Northeast Wisconsin sports radio for Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee ...

$6.6M in grants to 30 state groups geared to boost healthy living
Wisconsin State Journal - Jul 25, 2012

Communities across Wisconsin will soon receive funding to prevent health problems like obesity and second-hand smoke thanks to $6.6 million in grants, officials announced Tuesday. The Transform Wisconsin Coalition will distribute grants to 30 organizations...

Racine groups to promote smoke-free housing
Journal Times (WI) - July 25, 2012

RACINE - Two community organizations are teaming up to push for smoke-free multi-unit housing complexes across Racine County. On Tuesday, Focus on ...

Study shows exposure to tobacco smoke dropped with state ban
Wisconsin State Journal - July 9, 2012

The law, which took effect on July 5, 2010, banned smoking in bars, restaurants, private clubs, schools, hotels, clinics and other workplaces. Before the ban, 55 ...

Report: Smoking ban doesn't kill business
Winona Daily News - Jul 7, 2012

While smokers apparently didn't leave bars in droves because of the law, nonsmokers didn't flock to the taverns, either, noted Kris Thingvold, who has worked in ...

Restaurant sales hurt little by smoking ban
Wausau Daily Herald - Jul 7, 2012

They also predicted the ban would attract business from asthmatics and other nonsmokers who previously avoided smoky establishments. Dan Hoehn, a ...

2 years later, smoking ban taken in stride
Baraboo News Republic - July 9, 2012

Knutson said he believes the smoking ban should be overturned. ... The law, which took effect July 5, 2010, bans smoking in bars, restaurants, private cl …

Success of Wisconsin smoking ban goes beyond financial costs
Green Bay Press Gazette - Jul 8, 2012

Prior to the state going smoke-free on July 5, 2010, some municipalities had enacted their own bans, leaving a confusing mosaic of local laws.The ban made ...

As smoking ban marks second year, restaurant business is up
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 6, 2012

Wisconsin's workplace smoking ban turned 2 years old Thursday, and despite critics' fears, overall sales in the hospitality industry are up slightly. The Wisconsin Restaurant Association's Pete Hanson said Wisconsin taverns and eateries followed national economic trends and largely were unaffected by the ban. "It wasn't a boon to our industry, but it doesn't seem to have hurt our sales," said Hanson, the association's director of public affairs. Based on state tax collection data, Hanson said restaurant and tavern sales overall increased 1% in 2010 and 2% in 2011, mirroring national trends. Conversely, the subcategory of bars and taverns saw around a 4% decrease during that time, but Hanson notes that trend has been ongoing for many years. "You can't really attribute it to the smoking ban because there's a long-term trend there," he said. Overall, Hanson said the smoking ban "has been positive for the restaurant industry. It's been great for the health of our employees and customers." …

Wis. smoking ban doesn't affect restaurant sales
Fond du Lac Reporter - July 6, 2012

When Wisconsin enacted a workplace smoking ban in in 2010, the state’s hospitality industry worried the move would drive away customers. But two years on, the industry says its sales were largely unaffected. …

Wisconsin's public indoor smoking ban turned 2-years-old on ...
WHBL Sheboygan - July 6, 2012

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's public indoor smoking ban started two years ago Thursday. While the state's Tavern League blames it for a loss of drinking ...

Wisconsin smoking ban marks second year
Appleton Post Crescent - July 6, 2012

Fond du Lac police officer Cpt. Steve Klein answers a question about the upcoming city-wide workplace smoking ban at the Stayer Center on the Marian ...

Statewide smoking ban didn't hurt Marshfield businesses
Wausau Daily Herald - July 5, 2012

Two years after Wisconsin banned lighting up in bars, restaurants and workplaces, businesses have adjusted to the law -- though some bar owners still resent it. … Marshfield's ban didn't hurt local businesses, according to a January 2011 study by University of Wisconsin-Madison Carbone Cancer Center. The study looked at seven cities that enacted their own bans and found no significant change in employment at bars and restaurants, the number of alcohol licenses issued, the number of establishments and citations for violations for city ordinances. …

Smoke-free air is winner for Wisconsin residents
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 4, 2012

A 2011 Public Opinion Strategies survey of 500 likely voters has shown that residents of our state overwhelmingly support smoke-free policies, in place here ...

Smoke-free law helping state breathe easier
The Sheboygan Press - Jul 4, 2012

Tonight, many Sheboygan County residents will attend the Fourth of July fireworks celebration, reflecting on the great freedoms of our country.

Two-year anniversary of Wisconsin's indoor smoking ban
WSAU - July 3, 2012

MADISON (WRN) supporter of the state’s smoke free law says the two-year-old ban has proven successful. Dr. Michael Fiore of UW’s Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention says the big winners from the ban are workers in bars and restaurants. …

Kate Lesnar: Apartments should be smoke-free, too
La Crosse (WI) Tribune - Apr 28, 2012

In May, I will graduate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and I have enjoyed each year spent as a student and resident. As a sophomore, I was excited to move off campus and finally get my own place. My apartment was a cheap but nice two bedroom apartment close to school. … It really irritated me that although I never smoked a cigarette, I had no choice but to breathe in secondhand smoke in my very own living space. …

RuYi's Asian food a sure bet at Potawatomi casino
Milwaukee (WI) Journal Sentinel - April 27, 2012

…If you don't usually step into the casino, the smell of cigarette smoke might be jarring - funny how easy it was to get used to the state smoking ban. (The casino, because it's owned by the Potawatomi tribe, isn't subject to the smoking ban, just as it needn't charge sales tax. The casino's restaurants are nonsmoking.) …

CF Council: Measure allowing citations to smokers headed for vote
Leader-Telegram (WI)- November 2, 2011

CHIPPEWA FALLS - An ordinance that would allow city police to write tickets to people who violate the state's indoor smoking ban moved a step closer to ...

Lost in the smoke: Response to a question on a smoking ban may have statewide implications
Chippewa Herald (Chippewa Falls, WI), 2011-10-22
ROD STETZER * The Herald

Mike Hanke would like the city of Chippewa Falls to adopt the state’s workplace smoking ban as a city ordinance. That way, the city could give tickets when there are violations, instead of relying on the county district attorney’s office to prosecute offenders. ...

Fox Run Lanes Gets Approvals for Smoking Room
Waukesha (WI) Patch - Sarah Millard - October 13, 2011

Uncertain if the plans would meet state smoking ban requirements, Waukesha Plan Commission tells owner it's owner's responsibility to ensure addition meets ...

One Year After State Smoking Ban, Village Pub Sees Better Business, Health
Patch.com - Rory Linnane, Tom Andrews - July 6, 2011

July marks the one-year anniversary of the state smoking ban, and the two-year anniversary of Shorewood's smoking ban. Savanna Oehrle, who has been a manager of the Village Pub and Grill for five years, said the smoking bans have increased their ...

Controversial bar gets licenses renewed
WQOW TV News 18 - Mike Joyce - July 6, 2011

The bar has not been following the state's smoking ban. There were also allegations that bar patrons have been allowed to rent ash trays for $1, with that money put aside to pay the smoking fines. At a meeting last night, city officials approved the ...

Stanley bar told to obey state smoking law
Leader-Telegram - July 6, 2011

STANLEY - Less than an hour before a contentious City Council meeting regarding a downtown Stanley tavern that has allowed patrons to violate the state's indoor smoking ban, a lit cigarette was in an ashtray in front of a patron seated at the bar. ...

OTHER VIEWS: Stick with the smoking ban
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen - July 6, 2011

And wish a happy one-year anniversary to Wisconsin's statewide smoking ban. It was a year ago Tuesday that the smoking ban - passed by the Legislature in 2009 and signed by then-Gov. Jim Doyle - took effect in Wisconsin. Depending on one's point of ...

Smoking Ban Helps Some Kick Habit
WISC Madison - July 6, 2011

It's been a year since the statewide smoking ban took effect, and despite a backlash from some, Governor Walker said the ban is working and it's here to stay. There's no doubt some will continue smoking, but the ban is making many cut down on ...

Study of smoking ban's impact on air quality
WWMT - July 6, 2011

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Improving health was the main goal behind a workplace smoking ban that kicked in last year. Over the last year researchers have been studying how the air quality was impacted in local businesses that used to allow smoking. ...

One year later, smoking ban has hazy impact on business at bars and restaurants
Wausau Daily Herald - Jake Miller - July 6, 2011

Tuesday marked the year anniversary of the statewide smoking ban. / Dan Young/Wausau Daily Herald » Sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Quit Line is a free hotline that connects smokers with information about how to quit. ...

Indoor Smoking Ban's One-Year Anniversary Passes Quietly
Patch.com - Mark Maley, Tom Andrews - July 6, 2011

However, the impact of the smoking ban goes beyond just dollars and cents. “Of course, the reason this law was passed was so people would be in better health and that has been established,” Busalacchi said. “It's probably one of the most popular laws ...

Open Thread: Have You Grown Accustomed to the Smoking Ban?
Patch.com - David Cotey - July 6, 2011

Patch The one-year anniversary of the state's indoor smoking ban was yesterday. Do you love it? Or hate it? Interested in a follow-up to this article? Great, we'll send you an email as soon as a follow-up is published!

Breathing cleaner air
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 5, 2011

One year on, the state's smoking ban has cleaned up the air in bars and restaurants without a major hit on business. That's a success. The sky didn't fall, after all, but the air sure got cleaner. One year after enactment of Wisconsin's controversial ...

Celebrating our independence from smoky air
Leader-Telegram - July 5, 2011

A January study by a researcher at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center found that local smoking bans - including the one in Eau Claire, which was enacted in 2008 - didn't reduce the number of class B liquor licenses issued in those ...

Smoking Ban Anniversay
WGBA-TV - Todd Hicks - July 5, 2011

Today is the one-year anniversary since smokers stopped lighting up in restaurants and bars in Wisconsin. In celebration the local coalition along with supporters will hold two events throughout the day tomorrow. ...

Stick with smart smoking ban
Wisconsin State Journal - Peter Thomson - July 5, 2011

Despite being a smoker, Kabat supports the statewide smoking ban. Breathe deeply, especially if you're in a favorite bar or restaurant, and enjoy the fresh, smoke-free air flowing around you. And wish a happy one-year anniversary to Wisconsin's ...

Editorial: Transition to smoke-free worth the effort
Green Bay Press Gazette - July 5, 2011

They certainly had plenty of time to prepare, as the ban passed the state Legislature on May 13, 2009, and became effective July 5 last year. Also, there is evidence to suggest smoking bans needn't have an adverse effect on businesses. ...

Editorial: Benefits of statewide ban are obvious
Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent, 2011-07-05

Take a deep breath, Wisconsin. Notice anything? You're breathing air that has been free of smoke for one year. ...

Poll: Residents support smoking ban
WTAQ - Jul 4, 2011

A new survey from the American Cancer Society finds 75 percent of state residents support the statewide ban on indoor smoking. That's a healthy increase over the 69 percent support it got while the Legislature was debating the ban. ...

Wisconsin bar owners say cigarette ban has hurt business
Pioneer Press - Andy Rathbun - July 4, 2011

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Wisconsin's statewide smoking ban. And while there are those applauding the cleaner air, some tavern owners say they've taken a sizable hit in sales. Pete Madland, executive director of the Tavern ...

One year later, smoking ban critics lose steam
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Ben Poston - July 4, 2011

In the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Walker criticized the ban for infringing on the rights of private business. "Although I did not support the original smoking ban, after listening to people across the state, it is clear to me that it works. ...

RICHARDS: One year in, smoke-free law a success
Milwaukee (WI) Journal-Sentinel, 2011-07-04
Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) represents the 19th Assembly District

Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of implementation of the Smoke-Free Wisconsin Act, which ensures smoke-free air in restaurants, bars and workplaces across the state. ...

Many have seen the light on smoking ban
Eau Claire (WI) Leader-Telegram, 2011-07-03
Eric Lindquist Leader-Telegram staff

Two years ago Judi Malone was a strong opponent of a proposed statewide workplace smoking ban. ...

A year later, statewide smoking ban's impact on business minimal
Sheboygan (WI) Press, 2011-07-03
Written by Josh Lintereur

But when the smoke cleared, it turns out he was only half right -- while he's lost some business at his Kim's 5 Corners Tavern in rural Sheboygan Falls since the ban started, he's also been gaining dinner customers, no doubt because of the fresh air. ...

Smoking ban violators difficult to stop, authorities say
Most establishments comply with year-old law
Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, 2011-07-03
Written by Steve Contorno

For the past year, smoking a cigarette in a bar could result in a hefty fine. ...

Area counties: Most taverns have been compliant on own
Leader-Telegram - Jul 2, 2011

Most west-central Wisconsin taverns are complying with a smoking ban that began a year ago, law enforcement officials said, although there have been scattered flare-ups in opposition to the regulation. "I think it's been fairly noneventful," Eau Claire ...

ORIGINAL RESEARCH An Observational Study of the Secondary Effects of a Local Smoke-Free Ordinance
Preventing Chronic Disease: July 2011: 10_0123 Volume 8: No. 4, July 2011

Introduction
The secondary, sometimes unintended effects of smoke-free ordinances have not been thoroughly evaluated. In this observational study, we evaluated the association of a local ordinance implemented in Madison, Wisconsin, with changes in public disturbances; smoking, drinking, and bar-going behaviors in the general population; and smoking and drinking behaviors among university students. ...

Walker says he won't support a repeal of the statewide smoking ban
WEAU-TV 13 - June 30, 2011

Governor Scott Walker issued the following statement on the upcoming anniversary of the state’s smoking ban ...

Beloit smokers comply with ban
Beloit Daily News - Hilary Dickinson - June 28, 2011

The one-year anniversary of Wisconsin's smoking ban is approaching, and city officials say the community for the most part has been in compliance. Beginning July 5, 2010, it became illegal for smokers to light up in public places ...

Statewide Smoking Ban has Mixed Results
WBAY - Chris Hrapsky - June 21, 2011

The owner of Mark's East Side admits he was against the smoking ban, fearing the loss of business. But since going smoke-free he's actually gained business and is now adding another section to the restaurant. "We started seeing new faces, ...

City Files Smoking Parlor Ordinance
WHBL Sheboygan - Eric Rindfliesch - June 20, 2011

Of the 10 smoking parlors constructed since the state smoking ban went into effect, only two were in compliance. Alderman Eric Rindfleisch says the city's ordinance will now mirror the state law, and any tavern owners who are out of compliance will ...

City of Racine to ban smoking in city parks
FOX6Now.com Milwaukee - June 17, 2011

City of Racine officials are taking the smoking ban to a whole new level. The City of Racine Board of Health voted to ban smoking in city parks and other outdoor recreational areas. The idea is getting mixed reactions even from the non-smokers. ...

Board approves proposal to ban smoking in parks
Racine (WI) Journal Times, 2011-06-15
CHRISTINE WON

Racine's Board of Health on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed ordinance to ban smoking in parks, community centers, the splash pad and elsewhere during its meeting at City Hall, 730 Washington Ave. That would include, for example, the Oasis, the parking lot and the Kid's Cove at North Beach. ...

An Analysis of Lobbying Activity on Tobacco Issues in the Wisconsin Legislature
Ahrens, D.; Jones, N.; Pfister, K.; Remington, P.L.
WMJ. April 2011, 110(2): 74-77.

'Smoking room' confusion reigns in city
The Sheboygan Press - Bob Petrie - May 19, 2011

State law, which went into effect last July 5, essentially bans indoor smoking in all public places, including bars and restaurants. But the Legislature amended the law to include a loophole that allows for smoking areas that could allow for a roof and ...

Sheboygan clarifies 'smoking' rooms
Sheboygan Press, May 2, 2011

The City of Sheboygan is easing its restrictions on enclosed public smoking areas at businesses such as bars and restaurants, though an official said the city ordinance still would be in compliance with the statewide smoking ban.

The Common Council Monday night approved increasing the amount of wall space in a smoking area from 50 to 75 percent of the confined surface area, which places the minimum open space area at 25 percent. Businesses that already have been approved for permits are grandfathered in. …

Non-compliance in smoking ban create rivalry among tavern owners
Fond du Lac Reporter - Colleen Kottke - April 25, 2011

JUNEAU ­ Sheriff Todd Nehls has served notice that smoking will no longer be tolerated in Dodge County taverns. Incidents of blatant disregard of the statewide smoking ban by tavern owners, bartenders and patrons have spurred Nehls to order unannounced ...

Dodge Co. Taverns Break Smoking Law
Newsradio 620 - Jodi Becker, Jay Sorgi - April 25, 2011

BEAVER DAM - Some trouble-making taverns in Dodge County are skirting the state's no smoking law. The bars are allowing customers to light up a cigarette, despite the state's no smoking ban which went into effect last July ...

Our view: State's smokefree efforts pay off
La Crosse Tribune - April 14, 2011

It required a second and third look: A health-policy agency sends a press release saying Gov. Scott Walker is taking the right approach by cutting the agency's budget. It seems that there is no catch, which is refreshing. The statement comes from ...

UWM: Bartenders benefit from smoking ban
Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee, March 14, 2011

Bartenders across Wisconsin are feeling healthier and are less likely to wake up with a cough, combat a constant sore throat or feel short of breath since the state went smoke-free, according to a new study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. …

The Impact of Wisconsin’s Statewide Smoke-Free Law on Bartender Health and Attitudes (PDF)

SmokeFree Wisconsin expanding its efforts, changing its name
SmokeFree Wisconsin announces their new work as Health First Wisconsin
WisPolitics, 2011-03-03

Smoke Free Wisconsin, which helped lead Wisconsin in its drive to eliminate smoking in workplaces, greatly reduce teen smoking in Wisconsin, and dramatically reduce the impact of tobacco on Wisconsin's health -- announced today it is taking its public health advocacy skills into new areas with a new name and new mission. ...

How local bars accommodate smokers
OnMilwaukee.com - Molly Snyder - February 16, 2011

The smoking ban went into effect last July, and a lot of bar owners thought they would have to take measures to accommodate outdoor smoking. Most bars put ashtrays outside if they weren't there already, and some took it a step further.

For example, T.J. Aliota Restaurant, 261 E. Hampton Rd., built a "smoke shed" in the parking lot behind the strip mall where the restaurant is located. It features chairs, a CO2 monitor, a smoke detector, two heaters and three windows for increased ventilation.

"Everyone seems to like it," says employee John Post. "If it gets too smoky in there, we can also open the door. It beats standing in the cold and rain." ...

No one cited for smoking in county restaurants since ban went into effect
Oshkosh Northwestern - Jennifer K. Woldt - February 14, 2011

Seven months after Wisconsin went smoke-free there have been few complaints about violations in Winnebago County and the first citation for smoking in a restaurant or tavern has yet to be written.

Since the smoking ban went into effect July 5, there have been 12 complaints logged with a website and phone number run by the state Department of Health Services about violations occurring within Winnebago County. Five of those complaints were about establishments in Oshkosh, said Emily Dieringer, one of the coordinators with re:TH!NK, the county’s healthy living coalition. ...

State choking as revenue dips on cigarettes ($$)
Business Journal (Serving Greater Milwaukee), February 11, 2011

Wisconsin’s cigarette tax collections are going up in smoke with the leading causes including the statewide indoor smoking ban and, ironically, increases in the cigarette tax rate ...

Neenah compromises on windbreaks for smokers
Oshkosh Northwestern - Duke Behnke - February 10, 2011

NEENAH — City planners recommended Tuesday that Neenah businesses be allowed to construct temporary windbreaks for their beer gardens to protect smokers from wintry weather.

Three Neenah taverns found themselves in violation of a 2004 ordinance after they enclosed their beer gardens in temporary plastic sheeting to cater to their smoking customers.

The state's workplace smoking ban that took effect in July prevents patrons from smoking inside the taverns.

Under the proposed change, Neenah would allow the windbreaks from Dec. 1 to March 31 each year but would require that they be made of clear Plexiglas, not the plastic sheeting that has raised aesthetic and fire code issues ...

County accepts $150,000 grant for tobacco control, prevention
Fond du Lac (WI) Reporter, 2011-02-10

The Fond du Lac County Board of Supervisors has voted 15-1 to accept a Tobacco Control and Prevention Grant of $149,980 for fiscal year 2011.

The Fond du Lac County Health Department will act as agent for the continuation of a multi-jurisdictional tobacco coalition that provides support to Fond du Lac, Washington, Green Lake, Waushara and Marquette counties.

Some of the support is to assist workplaces with smoke-free implementation; developing and maintaining a youth tobacco prevention and advocacy group; and performing tobacco retailer compliance checks.

Sandy Bernier, who is based in Fond du Lac, is coordinator of the five-county coalition.

"We are still fielding a fair number of questions with regard to the law," said Fond du Lac County Public Health Nurse Diane Cappozzo, who added that business owners are asking about required signage and rules regarding outdoor smoking structures ...

Smoking ban likely to stay in place
Wisconsin Radio Network - January 27, 2011

…There's not much interest by the new Republican majority in the Legislature to revisit Wisconsin's smoking ban, ...

Smoking bans didn't harm hospitality industry, new study says
Capital Times (blog) - January 24, 2011

Putting out cigarettes in Wisconsin bars and restaurants did not have a detrimental effect on the hospitality industry, according to a study released Monday.

The study, conducted by the Carbone Cancer Center at UW-Madison, looked at five Wisconsin cities, including Madison, where smoking bans went into effect before the statewide ban took hold last summer.

Results showed bars and restaurants in the smoke-free cities continued to do well under no-smoking ordinances, and the number of class B alcohol licenses increased after the ordinances took effect.

"This offers more proof that going smoke-free does not pit business against health, but rather is a common sense health law that keeps workers and employers both physically and fiscally healthy," said Gail Sumi of the American Cancer Society in a news release ...

Smoking ban in parks sent to committee
Journal Times - Christine Won - January 19, 2011

RACINE - Aldermen have some more work to do before they do anything to restrict smoking in city parks.

The City Council on Tuesday did not take any action on a proposed ordinance that was approved recently by the city's parks and recreation board.

Instead, the council voted unanimously to send the ordinance to the Committee of the Whole, which is comprised entirely of aldermen, where it will be debated further. ...

Smoking ban hurts Racine taverns
The Business Journal - January 13, 2011

Racine tavern owners say the smoking ban is hurting them more now, in the winter months, than it did when it first took effect last July. ...

Marshfield to review what constitutes building for smoking ban
WSAU - January 12, 2011

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAU) - A newly formed Smoking Structures Committee will review smoking structures around the city of Marshfield.

Many smoking “shacks” have cropped up outside bars and restaurants, and Planning and Zoning Administrator Josh Miller says the new committee will review whether those structures conform to the statewide smoking ban that went into effect in July ...

Ahrens, D., "An analysis of the economic effects of Wisconsin's smokefree municipal ordinances on alcohol licensed establishments: 2005-2009," University of Wisconsin, Carbone Cancer Center, Tobacco Surveillance and Evaluation Program, January 2011.

This study analyzed several economic measures in Wisconsin cities that had enacted smokefree bar ordinances and reported no negative economic impact from the laws. The author stated, "The examination of effects of Wisconsin's municipal smoke-free ordinances indicates no adverse economic effects throughout the hospitality industry and its subsectors including drinking establishments. The number of alcohol licenses in municipalities remained constant before and after the implementation of the ordinances. Also, as indicated by the very low level of fines, there is no indication that alcohol license holders believed it was necessary to violate the law in order to maintain revenue. Finally, there was no significant difference in employment in any relevant sector of the hospitality industry when comparing counties with smoke-free ordinances and those without protections."

Other view: Let's not re-ignite smoking ban debate
La Crosse Tribune - November 23, 2010

There was talk in the recent gubernatorial campaign of repealing the statewide smoking ban. Keep it that way — just talk. But on the theory that where there’s smoke there’s someone fuming about the usurped right to make someone sick or smelly, we urge the state Legislature to leave well enough alone.

The statewide smoking ban is a success. One need only go out to a restaurant and bar these days to see (and smell) that. The ban is prompting people to quit a habit that endangers themselves and others. It is saving lives, not to mention dry-cleaning expenses.

The state Legislature should embark on the path to repeal only if it also wants to repeal these gains. ...

Wisconsin Restaurant Association: Statewide smoke-free law well received by restaurants and customers
wispolitics.com, November 17, 2010

Data released today from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) shows as of November 4th the state has received only 524 non-compliance reports since the state’s smoke-free law took effect in July. (For details, visit http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tobacco/)

“The smoke-free law has been very well received by restaurants and customers, so we’re not surprised by the high compliance rate.” said Pete Hanson, Director of Government Relations for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. “Overall the restaurants we’ve talked to are happy with the smoke free law and indicated that they wouldn’t go back, even if they could.”

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association board of directors voted overwhelmingly in 2007 to support a state smoke free law to level the playing field for all businesses. ...

Wisconsin smoking ban complaints continue to drop
Business Week/Bloomberg, 2010-11-17

The state Department of Health Services posted data on Wednesday shows there were 205 complaints in the first month of the law, but that dropped to just 78 for the period covering Oct. 5 through Nov. 4.

Anti-smoking groups that pushed for the law banning smoking in all restaurants, bars and work places heralded the news as proof that the law is working. ...

Smoking apparently still going on in some bars despite law
Racine (WI) Journal Times, 2010-10-26
The Numbers

Since the ban began, the Sheriff's Department has received multiple calls for smoking violations, Klatt said. He didn't have an exact number of complaints but said his department has not issued any smoking citations because when they arrive, deputies do not see anyone smoking.

The situation of smoking indoors was addressed by the Waterford Village Board on Monday night after it received an anonymous complaint about smoking in downtown Waterford at the Ratz Nest, 201 S. 1st St. . . .

Dennis Ratz, the co-owner of the bar, was not at the meeting or at the bar Monday night. But when asked about the smoking issue before the meeting, Ratz said he tells smoking customers to go outside. ...

Decision 2010: Restaurant Group Okay That Walker Opposes Smoking Ban
The Wisconsin Restaurant Association has endorsed Scott Walker in the governor's race even though the Republican is against the smoking ban that's so popular with its members.

WMTV - NBC15 (Madison, WI), 2010-10-22

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association has endorsed Scott Walker in the governor's race even though the Republican is against the smoking ban that's so popular with its members.

The state ban went into effect this summer. With limited exceptions it bans smoking in workplaces such as bars and restaurants.

Walker says he opposes the law as government intrusion on a personal choice. However, he said Thursday he has more important priorities than to push for its repeal. ...

Editorial: Smoking ban promotes decks
Pierce County (WI) Herald, 2010-09-29

The smoking ban that was imposed in Wisconsin in July has had some interesting impacts­hopefully mostly positive.

On the business front, we’ve seen bars establishing areas outside for smokers. We’ll probably continue to see these sorts of projects increase as business owners seek to keep the smoking clients happy…and there are still plenty of smokers out there. . . .

The Wisconsin law, of course, is intended to change some of the smoking numbers. The smoking ban should reduce the exposure of secondhand smoke and smokers clearly have fewer options when it comes to smoking in public.

With the addition of the outdoor decks, of course, smokers will have more options. As one cartoonist recently said, the tables are turned­non-smokers will have to go inside the bars and restaurants to escape the smoking outside the buildings. ...

VIDEO: Fans who smoke face ejection, fines
Stadium-wide smoking ban at Lambeau Field
WLUK TV Fox 11 (Green Bay, WI), 2010-09-17
Reporter: Lou Hillman

GREEN BAY - No-smoking signs are plastered all around Lambeau Field. Police, however, say those signs didn't stop dozens of people from trying to sneak in a smoke during the Packers two preseason games.

"A lot of people may think because of the concourse being somewhat or an open air area, that smoking is allowed in there and it's not," said Comm. Lisa Sterr, with the Green Bay Police Department.

Sterr says, so far, officers have only given warnings to fans caught smoking. Now that the regular season is here, she says that will change.

Smoking ban splits Mayville council
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen - Megan Sheridan - September 14, 2010

MAYVILLE - The Mayville Common Council met Monday night and approved a local ordinance related to the state smoking ban resulting very vocal opinions from the council and a tied vote ultimately decided by the mayor.

The council voted 3-3 on an ordinance to allow Mayville Police to issue a fine for violations of the smoking ban instead of sending offenses to the district attorney's office.

Public Safety Committee Chair Bob Redeker stated that although he is not pro-smoking, he believes that the state law is a violation of business owner's rights and urged the other council members to vote against the ordinance.

"I believe this law is unnecessary," he said. "You should be concerned about the government crossing this bright white line." ...

Nightclub cited for smoking
Wausau Daily Herald - September 14, 2010

Wausau police cited a manager of a popular nightclub Saturday for allowing smoking inside the building.

Eric Larson, the manager of Break-A-Way Nite Club, 1915 N. Sixth St., was given a $189.50 citation after officers saw people smoking in a "smoking room" inside the club after officers responded to another call at the club, according to a police report.

The nightclub's patrons were told to extinguish their cigarettes and leave the smoking room, police said. ...

Oshkosh bar faces new smoking challenge
The Business Journal of Milwaukee, September 9, 2010

To comply with the smoking ban, an Oshkosh bar requested a permit for an outdoor smoking area. But the city council rejected the request because of neighbor concerns, bringing to light a problem for bars in residential neighborhoods.

Conflicts with neighbors add new twist to smoking ban in Oshkosh
Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent, 2010-09-09
Jeff Bollier * Gannett Wisconsin Media

Tavern owners didn't even wait for the statewide smoking ban to take effect before proclamations that it would harm business rolled in from all corners of Wisconsin.

Months later, furor over the ban has died down, but the difficulty of complying with it and accommodating smokers continues to frustrate tavern owners, especially those in residential neighborhoods.

The potential for conflict came to light in Oshkosh last month when Sheryl and Dave Krueger, the owners of Woodchuck's Bar and Grill, sought a conditional use permit to create an outdoor smoking area next to their bar on Rosalia Street.

Neighbors' concerns about late night noise, odors and the location of the smoking area led the Oshkosh Common Council to reject the request to put a concrete patio to the south of the building. ...

Group seeks local anti-smoking law
Baraboo News Republic - Tim Damos - September 9, 2010

Even with a statewide smoking ban in effect, a regional anti-smoking group would like more local governments, including Sauk County, to consider passing their own smoke-free ordinances.

"Right now, it's a little bit confusing," said Jeff Melby, assistant coordinator of the South Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition, about the smoking ban that went into effect July 5.

Melby told members of the Sauk County Public Health Board on Wednesday that certain parts of the law are weak, and local governments that adopt the state language can beef it up to make it more stringent. He asked them to consider developing a county ordinance, but no action was taken at Wednesday's meeting.

Melby said having a local ordinance allows law enforcement agencies to write their own citations, rather than spending needless time writing reports and turning them over to the district attorney to file a formal complaint.

The state law makes it illegal to smoke in enclosed public places or places of employment such as restaurants, taverns, private clubs and educational facilities. The law defines enclosed places as structures that have a roof and more than two substantial walls.

A wall is considered substantial if it has no opening. If the wall has an opening, it still would be considered substantial if it does not allow air in from the outside or the opening is less than 25 percent of the wall's surface area.

Some businesses have used the "substantial wall" definition to skirt the ban, Melby said, and South Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition is currently eyeing at least one local business it feels may be in violation ...

Hotel guest fumes over smoking bill
Lawyer fights hotel's additional $250 charge
Milwaukee (WI) Journal-Sentinel, 2010-09-05
Alex Morrell of the Journal Sentinel

Kate Lloyd and her fiancé;, Aaron O'Neil, came to Milwaukee in mid-August to enjoy Irish Fest and celebrate birthdays with her family. . . .

What they saw had them fuming: a $250 charge for smoking in a nonsmoking room.

The problem? Neither Lloyd nor O'Neil is a smoker. What's more, Lloyd suffers from severe asthma. They insist there was no possibility anyone smoked in the room while they were there. . . .

After speaking Thursday with Lloyd, Public Investigator called the local Hyatt and the company's corporate office. Later that day, Hyatt changed its tone.

Lloyd got a call from a higher ranking official at the local Hyatt, who told her the hotel had received her letter demanding a refund and threatening to sue. The Hyatt refunded Lloyd the $250 that day.

In an interview with Public Investigator, Hyatt Regency Milwaukee general manager Gerald Rappaport insisted the hotel has evidence of smoking in the room, but given Lloyd's resolve to fight the bill and her asthmatic condition, the charge was taken off. ...

EDITORIAL: Our View: Smoking ban isn't choking tavern business
Wausau (WI) Daily Herald, 2010-09-05

Those predictions that a statewide workplace smoking ban would drive patrons away from bars, plunging our already-fragile economy further into disrepair? No sign of that yet.

A Wausau Daily Herald review of Marathon County sales tax revenue doesn't show an obvious post-smoking-ban plunge. Bar owners surveyed said sales are down some since the beginning of summer -- but not necessarily more than they expect out of the season, which is typically a slow time. . . .

On the smoking ban, the economic facts here that we have so far remain somewhat inconclusive. The public health facts, meanwhile, are not really in dispute. In the absence of very strong evidence that the smoking ban is doing quite serious economic harm, we stand firm in the judgment that this is a good policy, and we're glad it finally was implemented. ...

Wisconsin law bans smoking in all hotel guestrooms
USA Today - Barbara De Lollis - September 2, 2010

Unlike most other non-smoking states, Wisconsin in July passed a statewide smoking ban that bans smoking in every hotel guestroom.

In most states that have banned smoking in public places, such as Kansas, the legislation allows hoteliers to exempt a certain percentage of guestrooms.

But in Wisconsin, "there can be zero rooms" that allow smoking in sleeping rooms, Trisha Pugal, CEO of Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association told me in an interview.

And the new law is causing "a major culture change" for hoteliers and guests alike ....

Smoking ban might be helping business
Wausau (WI) Daily Herald, 2010-08-29
Jake Miller * Wausau Daily Herald

The nearly two-month-old statewide smoking ban does not appear to be harming taverns or other hospitality businesses and might actually be helping some, though bar owners say they still are withholding judgment.

Cries were heard statewide that the smoking ban, which went into effect July 5, would be the demise of bars that relied upon smokers for their business. The state Tavern League and others complained that their customers would stay at home to drink and smoke rather than visiting bars in which tobacco was prohibited.

So far, bars aren't shutting their doors, but the real test will come this winter, some owners said, when it's not 70 degrees and sunny and going outside to light up won't be quite as much fun. ...

City adopts state's smoking ban guidelines
Kenosha News.com - Matthew Olson - August 17, 2010

A new ordinance will streamline how to enforce the state’s new ban of smoking in all indoor workplaces. ...

Editorial: Council should leave Appleton's smoking ban alone
Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent, 2010-08-12

Two years ago today, Appleton quit cold turkey. No cigarettes, no cigars, no nothing in businesses.

As one might expect, it was a tense period for the city. . . .

After two years, people and businesses alike have accepted the ban as second nature. They've come to expect smoke-free bars and restaurants, and some of the pessimists have grudgingly admitted the city is doing just fine without tobacco.

The common council should not fall back to old habits because of nagging desires. Appleton has become proud of its new self, and its leaders should as well. ...

City declines to allow smoking rooms
Verona Press - Jim Ferolie - August 12, 2010

Once more, the City of Verona asserted itself as having the strictest smoking rules in the state.

Alders decided Monday, while revising the city’s ban to conform with the state law, not to allow smoking rooms as the state defines them.
The statewide smoking ban, which took effect July 5, does not allow municipalities to limit smoking outdoors on private property. However, it does not pre-empt stricter ordinances on municipal-owned land or inside buildings. ...

WI Adapting To New Smoking Law
Public News Service - August 11, 2010

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin's new law prohibiting smoking in public places went into effect on July 5. After a little more than a month of learning to comply with the new rules, Dona Wininski, public policy director for the American Lung Association's Wisconsin chapter, says residents and business owners in the Badger State are doing a pretty good job.

"People in Wisconsin are very law-abiding citizens and they understand what this law is intended to accomplish, which is to protect nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke."

Wininski says there are a couple areas where better understanding is needed, however. For instance, the new law prohibits smoking indoors, as well as in public places such as Miller Park and Lambeau Field. Some people are not aware that apartment buildings are covered too, says Wininski. ...

Appleton tavern operators could lose liquor license by not smoking ban
Appleton Post Crescent - J.E. Espino - August 11, 2010

APPLETON — As an Appleton bar owner, Joe Kohlbeck is quick to clamp down on patrons who violate the state's smoking ban.

"The customers are good with abiding by the rules, and once in a while we'll get someone from out of town who doesn't know it and will light up," said Kohlbeck, who owns three bars in the Fox Cities, including the Bar on the Avenue in downtown Appleton. "We'll just tell him, 'Sir, you can't do that.'"

Kohlbeck has good reason to be vigilant about smoking. His establishment can be docked liquor license points for allowing someone to smoke inside, which could carry severe consequences down the road for his bottom line.

When it comes to violations of the smoking ban, bar owners in Appleton have more to lose than their counterparts in other communities, which don't tie smoking ban violations into liquor licenses. ...

One month later, many deem Wisconsin smoking ban a success
FOX 21 Online - Jacob Kittilstad, Harry Baker - August 10, 2010

SUPERIOR - When Wisconsin began outlawing public smoking in early July, it took away what one customer, who traveled from Cloquet, liked to do at Julie's restaurant in Superior.

"He’d sit and have coffee and smoke cigarettes for, you know, a couple hours each day. He actually hasn't been it yet. I haven't seen him,” server Laura Granlund said of the former customer.

And with this kind of patron loss, some might say the restaurant business is suffering from the ban but most workers say it is quite the opposite.

"We had a lot of customers from before that would not come in because of the smoke,” Granlund said.

These customers include families with children who fear secondhand smoke inhalation.

"[It] worries, kind of annoys. I hate the smoke too and if I hate it I wasn't going to bring him there,” Julie’s patron Adam Gayken said of his son.

Across town at the Anchor Bar and Grill, even smokers say they understand the reasoning behind the ban.

"It's better for the kids that come here. This is a family business and some people don't come because they don't want their kids around the smoke,” Anchor patron Kathy Didrikson said. ...

Enforcement of Wisconsin smoking ban hazy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Larry Sandler - August 9, 2010

Carolyn Tyler knew she had a problem when she smelled cigarette smoke in a West Milwaukee bar three weeks after the state's indoor smoking ban took effect.

"I'm critically affected by smoke," said Tyler, who has asthma. "I could immediately start feeling it in my eyes and my head."

What the Greenfield woman didn't know was that enforcement of the ban would turn out to be even hazier than the smoke wafting through the bar that night.

Tyler's unsuccessful attempts to complain about the smoking violations highlight how the law is being enforced differently not only from one community to another, but even from one Milwaukee city agency to another.

And because of the differences in enforcement, nobody in state or local government can say definitively how many complaints have been lodged over violations, how many establishments were targeted in those complaints or how many businesses were accused of being repeat offenders. ...

Judge: Wis. Firefighters Can Smoke
Firehouse.com - Tom Kertscher - August 9, 2010

Before a state law took effect July 5 that banned smoking in most public buildings, West Allis firefighters were allowed to smoke in designated areas inside ...

No smoking at Packers scrimmage
WLUK TV Fox 11 (Green Bay, WI), 2010-08-07

Smoking will be virtually non-existent at Saturday's Packers scrimmage at Lambeau Field.

A statewide smoking ban applies to the stadium because it is a workplace environment. The ban has been in place since last month.

The scrimmage will be the largest event at the stadium since the ban took effect.

The team says staff will greet fans at the gate with a pamphlet to make sure everyone knows Lambeau is now a smoke-free facility. . . .

E-cigarettes and other smoking devices are also prohibited. And you cannot "step out" for a cigarette. If you leave the stadium, you will not be able to re-enter.

Survey: Youth Smoking Rates Drop
Governor Credits Education Efforts, Cigarette Taxes
Channel 3000/WISC-TV Ch. 3 (Madison, WI), 2010-08-06

Fewer teens are taking up smoking in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

According to the 2010 Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Survey, smoking rates have fallen 15 percent among high school students and 9 percent among middle school students since 2008.

Gov. Jim Doyle is crediting statewide education efforts and increases in cigarette taxes with the decline. ...

Committee takes up smoking ban revision
Verona Press - Jim Ferolie - August 6, 2010

The Public Safety and Welfare committee is expected to bring revisions to its smoking ban ordinance to the Common Council next week.

City administrator Bill Burns said the draft that’s going before PSW contains little more than changes that bring the city’s ordinance in line with the state’s, to avoid confusion.

The city adopted the strictest smoking ban in the state in March 2009, and it was in effect as adopted for almost 10 months – from Aug. 15, 2009, until July 5, 2010, when the new state law rendered portions of the city’s ban illegal.

Mainly, those changes have opened outdoor patios to be available to both smokers and people consuming food or beverages. The state law also cleared up some questions about sports arenas and sporting areas such as the volleyball courts at Wildcat Lanes, and it struck down the city’s prohibition on smoking within 15 feet of an establishment’s main entrance.

What it did not change, however, are the city’s prohibition of smoking in parks or anywhere on municipal-owned property, such as the City Center or Verona Public Library parking lots, provisions that are unmatched in any other municipality in Wisconsin.

Burns said the committee could also consider whether it wants to modify the definition of an enclosed place to fit the state’s standard – anything with fewer than four walls or with at least one of the walls having an opening of at least 25 percent of the wall.

“The city could keep a more restrictive definition,” he said ...

Smoking Ban: One Month Later
89.7 WUWM - Milwaukee Public Radio - Marti Mikkelson - August 5, 2010

t’s been a month since Wisconsin banned smoking in indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants. In Milwaukee, the health department has received more than a dozen complaints of people disregarding the law, and lighting up in their favorite watering hole anyway. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson checked back in with a place she visited just before the ban took affect [sic]. ...

State Fair To Enforce Smoking Ban
WISN Milwaukee - August 3, 2010

The Wisconsin State Fair has been around since 1851, but this year marks the first edition of the fair since the state's new smoking-ban was introduced last ...

Ruling expected this week on smoking ban compromise
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Kertscher - August 3, 2010

In May - with the statewide smoking ban set to go into effect July 5 - the city Police and Fire Commission approved a policy prohibiting anyone,...

Wisconsin children are more likely than others to be exposed second-hand smoke
Pierce County Herald - July 30, 2010

Wisconsin children are more likely than others to be exposed to second-hand smoke.

A study in Pediatrics Magazine ranks Wisconsin the fifth-worst state in childhood exposure to the smoke that cigarettes emit. The report said one-of-every-10 youngsters in the Badger State breathe second-hand smoke on a regular basis, compared to one-of-every-100 kids in Utah. And in homes with smokers, 39-percent of kids regularly breathe second-hand smoke. Only West Virginia has a higher percentage.

The data is rather dated, though. It’s based on a survey of two-thousand households across the state in 2007 – three years before the state banned smoking in public indoor places. Nathan Jones of U-W Madison analyzed the data, and he blamed cultural factors for the high rate of people who smoke in homes. Other states have tried campaigns to get residents to smoke outside, but Jones says that rarely works. He says the most effective solution is to get people to quit.

Milwaukee adopts stricter rules regulating smoking in public places
Milwaukee (WI) Journal-Sentinel, 2010-07-27
Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee bars and other businesses will have to follow stricter rules defining where smoking is and isn't allowed under the statewide indoor smoking ban, the Common Council decided Tuesday.

Aldermen voted, 12-3, to fold the state's new smoking ban law into city ordinances, but with a different definition of enclosed spaces where smoking is prohibited.

Under the city ordinance, smoking will be banned in areas that are at least 50% enclosed by walls, not including screens. The state law defines an enclosed space as having a roof and more than two "substantial" walls, a definition that tavern owners believe could allow smoking in rooms that have large open windows.

The smoking ordinance also lets the city attorney's office prosecute smoking violations in Municipal Court, where any fines would flow to the city treasury. ...

Banning the smoking ban Wisconsin?
Minneapolis Star Tribune - July 26, 2010

Half-baked ideas get floated in election years all the time. The idea topping this year's list (it's still early) is repeal of Wisconsin's state smoking ban. Both Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former congressman Mark Neumann, vying for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, say they'd sign a bill to do just that if either becomes governor.

What part of "carcinogen," "safe workplace" or "public health" don't the candidates understand? ...

Superior Taverns Apply For Outdoor Serving Permits
Northland's NewsCenter - July 21, 2010

It's been just over three weeks since Wisconsin went smoke free...now many taverns in Superior are getting permits that'll allow their patrons to bring their drinks outside with them when they step out to smoke.

LeAnn Wallace has more on the permitting process and how things have been going since the statewide smoking ban went into effect.

"It's not like I can't go on without a cigarette. I just like to have a cigarette while I'm eating."

Duluth resident Craig Behning has driven over the bridge to dine out since Minnesota went smoke free in 2007.

Three weeks into Wisconsin's ban...he's found himself among the thousands of other smokers...stepping outside to light up.

"I think there are a lot of people like me in Duluth that would come over here to eat because we could smoke here." ...

AUDIO: Smoking ban has some looking to quit
Wisconsin Radio Network, 2010-07-20
Andrew Beckett

The implementation of a statewide smoking ban is apparently motivating more people to kick the habit.

It's been two weeks since the ban on smoking in workplaces went into effect. Since it started, Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line manager Kate Kobinsky says there has been an increase in calls coming from people who want to give up smoking.

In the first week alone, calls to the Quit Line were up 20-percent since before the ban. Kobinsky says that was even without the benefit of advertising the service, which provides advice and medications to help people stop smoking.

Businesses hit with spate of phony smoking ban violation complaints
Green Bay sees more than 70 false charges in week after smoking ban
Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, 2010-07-20
Steve Contorno

When the statewide smoking ban took effect July 5, the state Department of Public Health set up a hot line, (800) NO SMOKE, and a website that allowed tipsters to alert it to bars, restaurants and workplaces turning a blind eye to smokers. The department then sends a letter to the establishment and the local law enforcement agency informing them of the complaint.

However, the tips are virtually anonymous, and plenty of phony complaints were registered in the first week of the ban -- more than 70 in Green Bay alone, said Connie Olson, executive director of Community Action for Healthy Living, an organization that promotes smoke-free lifestyles.

Olson said she realized the flaw when she noticed complaints about bars that had been smoke-free for six months. . ..

"Some people would complain four or five times against the same venue, but some of those businesses weren't even open."

Unaffected by smoking ban, two remote Oneida casino locations will still go smoke-free
Green Bay Press-Gazette, 2010-07-05

Tribally owned casinos and gaming areas are among the few remaining workplaces where Wisconsin residents can light up, although at least two area gaming facilities have banned smoking.

The indoor smoking ban that goes into effect today bans smoking in most enclosed places, but does not apply to tribal casinos or gaming facilities because of tribes' sovereign immunity. The ban also doesn't apply to specialty tobacco stores established before June 2009 or private residences.

On June 1, the Oneida Tribe of Indians made two of its remote gaming locations smoke-free as part of an effort to improve the air quality for its employees and customers and to test the financial ramifications of a smoking ban. ...

Study suggests smoking ban won't hurt business
Milwaukee Business Journal, 2010-07-05

The statewide smoking ban goes into effect Monday and a new report shows that the law should not negatively impact business.

The report, published in the July edition of the journal Preventing Chronic Disease and highlighted by the Centers for Disease Control, found taxable retail sales for bars and taverns increased in the two years after Washington state went smoke-free.

Researchers analyzed 24 quarters of inflation-adjusted receipts during 2002-2007, before and after the state went smoke-free, and found revenue, "grew significantly" in the two years after going smoke-free. In fact, bar revenue was $105.5 million higher than expected. ...

Smoke Free Wisconsin
UpperMichigansSource.com - July 2, 2010

WISCONSIN -- Like Michigan just two months ago, Wisconsin is following suit and banning smoking throughout the state.

Thursday the smoke-free Wisconsin act banning smoking in all public areas including bars, restaurants, and work places takes effect.

Wisconsin residents will still be able to smoke on outdoor patios or decks attached to bars and restaurants which is against the law in michigan.

Wisconsin is the 39th state to go smoke free. ...

Smoking ban goes into effect Monday
Milwaukee Small Business Times - July 1, 2010

On Monday, Wisconsin will become the 28th state in the country to implement a statewide smoking ban fopublic workplaces, restaurants and bars. Existing cigar bars, tobacco shops and casinos would be exempt from the new law, and a late amendment to the bill will allow smoking at bar entrances and in rooms where at least 25 percent of the walls are made up of windows that open.

“(The amendment) was helpful and important so we can accommodate smokers,” said Scott Stenger, a lobbyist for the Tavern League of Wisconsin in a recent WisBusiness report. “Unfortunately, not everyone can have an area like that, so it doesn’t work for all members.”

The Milwaukee area Diablos Rojos Restaurant Group which manages local eateries including, Trocadero, Café Hollander Tosa Village, Café Hollander Milwaukee and Café Centraal in Bayview all went smoke free this spring in preparation of statewide ban.

“We’ve always been big supporters of the ban as long as it was fair and statewide,” said Eric Wagner, co-owner of the group. “Making the ban statewide puts everyone on the same playing field and gives everyone a healthier environment.”

Despite the occasional ‘gripe,’ Wagner said the majority of his customers, smokers included appreciate the new smoke free environment.

“We’ve gotten only positive responses from our customers,” Wagner said. “Very few people, even smokers, actually like sitting in a room full of stale cigarette smoke. Our smoking customers even appreciate it because they end up smoking a few less cigarettes and going for more short walks.”

According to Wagner, many of the Group’s restaurants do feature vibrant outdoor patio areas where smoking is permitted and will continue to be permitted as long as it doesn’t bother customers.

“I think it’s like anything else,” Wagner said. “It will take a little while to get used to but after a while people will really start to enjoy smoke free environments and will be amazed that we used to be able to smoke in bars.” ...

Brown County Tavern League hopes e-cigarettes dampen effect smoking ban in Wisconsin
Appleton Post Crescent - Ilisa Gilmore - June 28, 2010

GREEN BAY — In advance of the state's smoking ban on July 5, the Brown County Tavern League is selling electronic cigarettes, battery-powered devices that use liquid nicotine to imitate a cigarette's taste and effects.

The league began selling the devices in March, and the demand from bars and taverns around the state has been "crazy," said Sue Robinson, president of the Brown County Tavern League. ...

Taverns go smoke-free July 5
Workplace ban has many building outdoor venues
Kenosha (WI) News, 2010-06-28
MATTHEW OLSON

Kenosha is no stranger to smoking regulations.

In 2000, the city passed an ordinance that prohibited smoking in all bars and restaurants unless there was a full-service bar, a separate smoking room or more than 50 percent of the establishment's sales came from alcohol. In 2008, a proposal to ban smoking in all workplaces was taken to a citywide referendum, which was opposed by 52 percent of city voters leading to the proposal being dropped.

But the statewide change means all city bars and restaurants will have to comply with the no-smoking regulations.

Where do cigarette butts go when Wisconsin indoor smoking ban takes effect?
Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, 2010-06-27
Scott Williams

The approach of Wisconsin's indoor smoking ban is stirring concerns in Green Bay about a possible side effect of pushing smokers outside: Where will all those cigarette butts end up?

"We don't want a mess of cigarette butts all over the place," said Paul Hartman, chairman of the city's beautification committee.

Some business groups are taking steps to make sure bar owners and other businesses provide ashtrays or other disposal options outside their establishments.

McMANUS: Health & Wellness: On July 5 our state will be smoke free
The Milwaukee Community Journal’s Yearlong Health Focus / What That Means For African Americans
Milwaukee (WI) Community Journal , 2010-06-25
Dr. Patricia McManus, President, Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin

The Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, Inc (BHCW), the organization I work for, has collaborated at both the local and state levels with other organizations for over 10 years to get this legislation passed.

Heart/lung disease and cancer are at the top of the list of conditions that African Americans die the most from.

Within those conditions, tobacco has been identified as the number one cause of these diseases. This can occur by directly smoking or by what is known as “secondhand smoke”.

It has been scientifically proven that persons who breathe in the products released by smokers into the air can be affected as if they had smoked the products themselves. Over 1,000 people die from secondhand smoke in the city of Milwaukee every year. . . .

Next week, I will give more details on how the tobacco companies have historically­and continue to­target our community.

One tobacco executive made the statement when asked if he smoked, he said “Oh no. We save that for the Black, the young and the stupid”. I will also provide more information about why it is so hard for us to quit smoking once we are addicted.

And believe me it is an addiction!

More people looking to kick the habit because of statewide ban
WQOW TV News 18 - June 24, 2010

he statewide smoking ban has more people looking to make life changes.

One of the main reasons for the statewide smoking ban is to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. It turns out, smokers are taking it as another reason to quit.

If there ever was a time to quit smoking, now, before the statewide smoking ban, might be it.

"It makes it more and more difficult to find places that are acceptable to smoke," says Deb Krahn, a tobacco educator at Marshfield Clinic. "I do hear people saying that it's really, really difficult being a smoker. It's more and more unacceptable."

Deb works here at the Marshfield Clinic Oakwood Center. Everyday, she normally meets with five to seven patients looking to quit smoking. Lately, she's seen more than that.

"I'm seeing a lot of people that are concerned that Wisconsin is going smoke-free now so it's going to be more difficult for them," she says.

Deb says up to ten more patients could come to see her each week. She says while health concerns and the cost of cigarettes remain top reasons to quit, the ban adds another one--especially for certain people. ...

Eau Claire seeing compliance with its smoking policy
WQOW TV News 18 - June 23, 2010

As much of the state prepares to go smoke-free, the City of Eau Claire says it has received overwhelming compliance with its own policy.

The city's smoke-free ordinance kicked in two years ago. Since then, two businesses were cited for violating it, but both happened in 2008. No citations were given out last year and so far, not one has been issued this year. In June, the health department sent a letter to Eau Claire business owners reminding them about the state smoke-free law which takes effect on July 5.

The city told businesses it will continue to enforce the local ordinance and will also enforce the new state law. That law prohibits smoking in some areas where it had been allowed under the city ordinance, for example, all hotel and motel rooms and taxis.

Beaver Dam smoking ban passed
Beaver Dam (WI) Daily Citizen, 2010-06-22
DAN BAULCH Staff Reporter

The city of Beaver Dam adopted a smoking ban ordinance Monday night which largely mirrors the state ban set to go into effect July 5.

When asked by Alderperson Robert Ballweg how the local ordinance benefits the Beaver Dam, city attorney Maryann Schacht said the municipality was sending the community a message.

"The city council of this community is taking a stand and saying we want to ban smoking for your health and welfare," Schacht said. "We're taking a position that we also want to do it (in addition to the state)."

It had been stated previously that enacting a local ordinance would allow the city to collect and keep all smoking citations fines and forfeitures, although Schacht did not directly address that question when asked by Ballweg. ...

Even Cities with Smoking Bans Face Transition July 5th
WBAY - Jason Zimmerman - June 21, 2010

Wisconsin's statewide workplace smoking ban is now just two weeks away.

It's a state law which will force changes even in cities already prohibiting people from lighting up inside, and the transition is causing some debate.

Appleton voters approved a smoking ban years before state lawmakers did.

"I know we had a couple of issues, there were a couple of establishments that weren't initially compliant, but they came through pretty quickly and I would have to estimate, six months, maybe a year at the most, it took for everybody to really transition," Appleton Assistant City Attorney Chris Behrens said.

Appleton will keep its existing ban but also adopt portions of the state law.

That means three big changes that toughen Appleton's ordinance ...

More reasons to welcome the smoking ban
By Corrine Hess, Business Journal, June 14, 2010

We're less than one month away from the state smoking ban and a slew of new statistics have been released showing the new law couldn't come soon enough.

Milwaukee suffers 730 smoking-related deaths each year ­ a full 15 percent of the city's deaths overall ­ according to the 2010 Burden of Tobacco Report recently released by the American Cancer Society and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. …

Smoking ban starts . Well, not completely
Bars and restaurants can build outdoor areas to circumvent ban
Oshkosh (WI) Northwestern, 2010-06-13

In the final weeks before the statewide smoking ban goes into effect, bar and restaurant owners, building inspectors and the police are finding themselves peering through a haze of unanswered questions regarding the new state law.

The landscape of Oshkosh bars and restaurants is changing as owners prepare to find ways to accommodate their smoking customers. About half already can or soon will be able to offer outdoor smoking areas. As they build these areas, businesses are forging ahead with projects that are based on the best information they have.

Wisconsin's smoking ban goes into effect July 5. Its intent is to protect workers from smoke-filled environments. Smoking claims the lives of 8,000 in Wisconsin annually, according to Department of Health Services Secretary Karen Timberlake.

State lawmakers meant well but the law is so poorly created that no one knows which way to turn, said Allen Davis, director of community development for Oshkosh.

The statewide smoking ban is 'the best thing that ever happened to us'
Capital Newspapers (madison.com), 2010-06-13
BARRY ADAMS * Wisconsin State Journal

The Goose Blind and Schneider's Pub & Grub are in iconic Wisconsin vacation spots and separated by 180 miles, but both businesses went smoke-free on their own.

Mary Rowley bought the 140-seat Goose Blind in Green Lake in 1985. It also includes a patio for up to 70 people, where smoking is allowed only after 10 p.m. Her indoor business went smoke-free until 10 p.m. more than a year ago and went totally smoke-free indoors on May 1.

"I didn't realize how pleasurable it was," Rowley said. "We have a lot of people who stay longer because it is smoke-free."

Veterans homes will have outdoor smoking areas ­ for now
Capital Newspapers (madison.com), 2010-06-13
BARRY ADAMS * Wisconsin State Journal

The Wisconsin veterans homes at King and Union Grove will also be smoke-free starting July 5 when the statewide smoking ban begins.

The homes, with a combined 900 residents, each has designated outdoor smoking areas that are easily accessible, said Sara Stinski, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

However, in 2015, even smoking outdoors will be prohibited on the grounds, she said.

As the statewide smoking ban nears, businesses struggle to adapt
Wisconsin State Journal, 2010-06-13
BARRY ADAMS

The start of the statewide smoking ban is just over three weeks away, and for Sherri Hofer, owner of the Pitstop Pub in Sun Prairie, a lack of outdoor space at her downtown business is creating apprehension and worry.

The law, which takes effect July 5, is intended to clear the indoor air at workplaces and do away with a system that left smoking decisions to municipalities, creating islands of smoking and non-smoking communities.

But that same law, known as Act 12, permits smoking on patios, decks and other spaces outside a business. In some cases, the space is a picnic table and an ashtray. Other areas cost thousands of dollars, have roofs and are constructed of brick with window-filled walls that skirt the legislation's definition of "an enclosed space."

But there will be no smoking patio for Hofer's racing-themed business just a few blocks from Angell Park Speedway. She has just a few feet of sidewalk out front.

Local Ordinances Closing Loophole in State Smoking Ban
WBAY - Chris Hrapsky - June 9, 2010

Trying to "put out" any confusion for bar owners come July, some cities in the Fox Valley are adopting ordinances to close a loophole in the statewide workplace smoking ban that takes effect July 5th.

The smoking ban includes an open air exemption, which allows smokers to light up in a room in which a quarter or more of the walls are windows.

"They left such a big loophole by not defining terms that they left a lot of people -- as communities as well as bar owners -- trying to decide what this actually means," Neenah Mayor George Scherck said.

Neenah recently adopted a stricter definition of an enclosed space that should tighten up any loophole in the law.

"I think what we needed to do is, we needed to tell tavern owners here is the rule and now you've got to deal with it, and it helps us know how to enforce it as well," Scherck said. ...

Getting the word out on the smoking ban
Wisconsin Radio Network - Andrew Beckett - June 8, 2010

The Department of Health Services is launching a media blitz to raise awareness of the statewide smoking ban.

The ban on smoking in most public spaces goes into effect on July 5th, and DHS Secretary Karen Timberlake says a series of radio, print, and internet-based ads will begin going out this week to make sure people know it’s coming. ...

City attorney urges FdL to keep local smoking ban
Fond du Lac (WI) Reporter, 2010-06-06

The attorney for the City of Fond du Lac is recommending a plan to continue with the city's smoking ordinance until "confusion" regarding a state law is worked out.

City Attorney Deb Hoffmann is scheduled to speak on the matter at Wednesday's City Council meeting, but no action is planned.

The meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers of the City County Government Center, 160 S. Macy St. The public is welcome. Meetings also are televised live on Charter cable Channels 21/980.

In October 2008, Fond du Lac adopted an ordinance that banned smoking in city workplaces. As part of the local rule, a provision was added that said the city's ordinance "shall be pre-empted by a workplace smoking ban enacted by the state of Wisconsin."

Hoffmann said the city's ordinance, which went into effect Feb. 2, 2009, would "disappear" when the state law goes into effect July 5, "and the city would have no city (local) ordinance on smoking." ...

No smoking ordinance in Spooner
Washburn County Register - Regan Kohler - June 3, 2010

SPOONER – After much discussion, Spooner’s Safety and Licensing Committee opted not to create a smoking ordinance for the sidewalks in front of Main Street businesses at a meeting Friday, May 28, in city hall.

The state passed a law prohibiting smoking in all businesses, which includes bars and restaurants, effective July 5. Any outdoor smoking area cannot have more than two walls surrounding it, and though the law says smokers must stand at a reasonable distance from a building, what qualifies as reasonable is not defined.

At a meeting in early May, this committee brought up the idea of creating a special smoking ordinance that would limit smoking to the alleys behind the Main Street businesses, which belong to the business property, rather than having smokers, whether they be employees or customers, on the sidewalks in front. Chair Esa Everroad said there had already been complaints from downtown customers about large groups of smokers congregating outside, making it hard for people to walk around them on the sidewalks and causing intimidation, and cigarette butts littering the ground. Additionally, the ban also prohibits bar and restaurants owners from providing smoking paraphernalia, such as ashtrays, matches or even receptacles outside the building. ...

Superior bars prepare outdoor smoking areas as state ban nears
Duluth News Tribune - Shelley Nelson - May 20, 2010

The ordinance was adopted last year in response to a statewide smoking ban that goes into effect July 5. The new local law allows business owners to extend ...

Silver star for conservation
Beloit Daily News - Hilary Dickinson - May 18, 2010

Also on Monday evening, the council unanimously voted to approve an ordinance prohibiting smoking in virtually all public indoor spaces. ...

Editorial: Wisconsin smoking ban loophole shows absurdity at Capitol in Madison
Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent, 2010-05-16

Doesn't that sound like "inside" to you? Isn't that still "enclosed"?

So if bar owners want to build a smoking room, as long as they meet the window requirement, they can -- and some are.

In the bigger picture, it's great that the ban is finally going to take effect. The loophole may not be widely used.

But the dysfunction of the Capitol -- and the effects of lobbying -- are on full display when we're left with the silliness of determining what's inside and what's outside -- and then getting it wrong.

We need some fresh air. And that has nothing to do with smoking. ...

Don’t get sneaky with smoke ban
Wisconsin State Journal, 2010-05-15
Phil Hands

Now, we hope owners of bars and taverns don't try to manipulate the part of the law that allows for smoking on outdoor patios and other outside places. Even allowing for smoking in outdoor areas was a compromise needed to get the overall law passed, so it's in the best interest of everyone if that provision is upheld as intended. . . .

Let's not play games or get cute in trying to sneak around the new law. No smoking indoors - it's that simple. And let's not try to reinvent the definition of outdoors in an attempt to let people smoke in what really is an indoor facility.

We're sure it won't take smokers long to get used to stepping outside - truly outside - to enjoy their habit. And everyone else inside can continue to breathe easier. ...

County bans employee smoking
Rule also would cover visitors
Wausau (WI) Daily Herald, 2010-05-13
Robert Imrie * Wausau Daily Herald

Marathon County is using the July 5 start of a statewide smoking ban to enact a much stricter policy that prohibits smoking on many of its properties.

The prohibition will ban smoking both indoors and outdoors, essentially prohibiting county workers from puffing away while on the job or during their paid breaks.

"We are tired of cleaning up after people," Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger said. "Quit smoking."

The new policy does not include Marathon Park, which plays host to events for thousands of people each summer. ...

Chippewa County considers not allowing smoking on property
Chippewa Herald - May 12, 2010

Smoking will be banned not only in the Chippewa County Courthouse but on the grounds outside, if the county board passes proposed changes to its anti-smoking ordinance.

The board held its first reading on the ordinance Tuesday and is scheduled to vote on the measure next month. Initial discussion by the board did not reveal opposition to the measure, but there were several questions.

The county currently prohibits smoking in county buildings, but does allow it at the cul de sac entrance of the courthouse and at least 20 feet from the doorway of other entrances.

The proposed change would prohibit smoking on any county-owned property or grounds or in any county-owned vehicle. County parks and forests would be the exceptions. ...

Doyle Signs Bill Clarifying Outdoor Smoking Areas
WTAQ - May 12, 2010

MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Governor Jim Doyle has signed a bill that seeks to clarify the types of outdoor smoking areas taverns can have, once the statewide public indoor smoking ban takes effect. The ban takes effect July 5th. It bars smoking in enclosed areas of workplaces with a roof and at least 3 substantial walls.

But a wall is not substantial if at least 25 percent of its space has a window that can open. The new law clarifies that a wall with no windows is substantial – and windows that are permanently closed don’t count under the exceptions.

Meanwhile, Tavern League attorney Mike Wittenwyler says the right number of well-placed windows could allow a tavern to actually allow smoking under the substantial wall definition. ...

Tavern smoking areas OK'd
Considered extension of bar to meet new state law
Sheboygan (WI) Press, 2010-05-12
Bob Petrie * Sheboygan Press staff

The owner of several Sheboygan taverns received approval on Tuesday from the city's Plan Commission to build ventilated smoking areas off of two of his establishments to comply with the state's upcoming indoor smoking ban.

Commissioners, however, held off on approving a request from Curt Hinz to construct a 425-square-foot smoking area off a third bar he owns, What's Up Tavern at 1635 Michigan Ave., because the addition would have come within a few inches of a neighboring house.

Hinz will work with his architect, Scott Matula, to redesign the What's Up smoking area to allow for more space between the bar and the house.

Hinz did get approval for a 720-square-foot smoking area at Vreeke's Tavern, 935 Michigan Ave., and a 40-square-foot area at Bourbon Street Pub, 1536 Indiana Ave. Both smoking areas would be extensions of the bar premises, so patrons can light up while having a drink.

Hinz said he wants to have the smoking areas, which would be enclosed but have ventilation systems, to have more control over patrons who smoke. ...

Tempers flare as Somers Board talks smoking ban ordinance
Kenosha News.com - Bill Guida - May 6, 2010

SOMERS — Talk of strengthening the smoking ban resolution that narrowly won Town Board approval last month, re-ignited tempers Thursday night when the issue of converting it to an enforceable ordinance came up for discussion at the board’s bi-weekly work session.

Town Supervisor Fred Loomis told fellow board members he placed the resolution on the agenda for discussion Thursday “just to give it a little enforceability. I want to make it an ordinance.” He argued doing so would lead to Kenosha Sheriff’s Department deputies enforcing violations. Loomis found support for doing so among newly elected Supervisor Larry Harding, who, along with Town Chairman Jim Smith and Loomis, voted with the 3-2 majority that passed the resolution April 16 ...

60 Days 'Til Smoking Ban
WJFW-TV - May 6, 2010

Arbor Vitae - There's still 60 days left until the statewide smoking ban goes into effect, but some local businesses have kicked the habit early.

One of those is Ella's in Arbor Vitae, which nixed smoking for good May 1st.

Mark Gutteter is the owner of Ella's.

He says he owns another restaurant in Michigan, which went smoke free statewide May 1st. According to Gutteter so many of his customers in Michigan were excited about the ban, he decided to get rid of smoking at his Arbor Vitae place at the same time.

He says, "Non-smoking customers, which is the vast majority of people really don't like the smell of cigarettes and people just say, 'Oh, it's just wonderful to come in and not smell that cigarette smoke.'" ...

City officials: More beer gardens likely as smoking ban nears
La Crosse Tribune - May 6, 2010

The looming statewide workplace smoking ban has predictably raised interest at local establishments in offering an outdoor dining alternative, La Crosse officials say.

The ban, which takes effect July 5, will force smokers at restaurants and taverns to use public sidewalks or patios.

In preparation for the switch, the city's Board of Public Works began positing how to cope with increased litter from cigarette butts and patrons smoking in the area immediately around entrances. ...

City may adopt smoking ordinance
Rhinelander (WI) Daily News, 2010-04-25
Luke Laggis City Editor

The city of Rhinelander has been working on a no-smoking ordinance designed to add clarity to the language in the state smoking ban that takes effect July 5.

The state law, 2009 Wisconsin Act 12, is a six-page document that fully outlines the parameters of the smoking ban, but City Administrator Bill Bell said some of the language is vague.

“We want to put the ordinance into layman’s terms so it’s easy to understand for everyone,” Bell said. “We’re just trying to be proactive and have an ordinance in place.” ...

Smoking rooms at bars get help from Wis. lawmakers
BusinessWeek - April 23, 2010

Wisconsin lawmakers have approved a bill that will make it easier for bars to offer outdoor smoking areas for customers after the statewide smoking ban goes into effect in July.

The Assembly voted 60-33 early Friday for the bill sought by the Tavern League of Wisconsin, a powerful lobbying group that represents bar owners.

Rep. Mary Hubler, D-Rice Lake, says the bill will help taverns have patio areas with open windows where smokers can light up "in the dead of winter when it is 30 below." ...

Proposal could expand outdoor drinking space
Kenosha News.com - Matthew Olson - April 14, 2010

The impending ban on smoking in all workplaces is leading Kenosha to consider options for establishments to keep their customers close while smoking.

The City Council will consider two ordinances, sponsored by Alderman Jesse Downing, on Monday that would change the requirements for restaurants and bars with liquor licenses to have outdoor extensions and change extension fees. ...

Red Apple files another appeal in Wausau smoking ordinance violations
WSAU - April 9, 2010

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – The owner of a Wausau restaurant is once again filing an appeal against a number of citations for the city's smoking ban in restaurants.

Zack Jusufi claims that the city could not have issued those citations because officers who came to check his business for compliance did not have warrants to enter his restaurant. Jusufi runs the Red Apple Social club, a business that Jusufi said should have gotten around a Wausau ban on smoking in restaurants because he charges patrons a 1 dollar lifetime membership fee, making it a private club. That would have made it exempt from the ban under rules of the ordinance. Three different courts have disagreed, and denied his claims. ...

City of Hudson adopts its own smoking ban
Hudson Star Observer - Randy Hanson - April 8, 2010

The city of Hudson has adopted its own ban on smoking in bars in advance of a statewide law that goes into effect July 5.

The City Council at its last meeting voted to incorporate the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act into the Hudson Municipal Code.

The move will allow Hudson to charge offenders of the smoking ban with a city ordinance violation — and keep the fines they pay. Cases of alleged illegal smoking will be handled at the municipal court level. ...

Some may use loophole in Wis. smoking ban
CBS 5 - Green Bay - March 25, 2010

WISCONSIN (WFRV) - When the state smoking ban takes effect this July, some businesses may use a loophole to get around the law.

The smoking ban doesn't permit lighting up in an enclosed space. That's defined as a roof and two walls with an opening less than a quarter of the wall's surface area ...

Merrill proposes its own smoking ban
Wausau Daily Herald - Juana Summers - March 24, 2010

MERRILL -- The city of Merrill is considering its own workplace smoking ban -- a ban that wouldn't additionally restrict smoking but could bring money into city coffers.

The measure is nearly identical to legislation signed a year ago by Gov. Jim Doyle that makes all Wisconsin workplaces smoke-free. The local ban would take effect July 6, the day after the statewide smoking ban becomes effective. ...

Local governments gear up for smoking ban
Wisconsin Rapids (WI) Daily Tribune, 2010-02-28
Nathaniel Shuda * Central Wisconsin

With a little more than four months left before a statewide smoking ban goes into effect, central Wisconsin municipalities have started investigating ways they will deal with the new law.

Enforcement of the new state statute, which the Legislature passed in May, is one of the main issues for many jurisdictions, including Wisconsin Rapids, where officials met Thursday to discuss preliminary strategies for implementation and awareness.

"What type of communication strategy do we have for the business owners and the community in general?" asked Common Council member Jean Young, also chairwoman of the city Finance and Property Committee.

The committee then directed city leaders to investigate the possibilities of simplifying enforcement, including the idea of drafting a city ordinance they think would allow officers to deal with violations at the municipal level instead of referring them to the circuit court system. ...

More options for smokers at Madison bars?
Isthmus - February 25, 2010

Will bars and bowling alleys in Madison soon be sprouting new additions to accommodate smokers?

The Verona Press recently reported that Wildcat Lanes secured approval from that city's plan commission for an addition meant to exploit an apparent loophole in the state's new smoking ban, set to take effect this July. It seems to say if a structure has two or more walls with openings that make up more than 25% of wall area, it is not considered "enclosed" and hence is excluded from the ban.

"In other words," wrote the paper's editor, Jim Ferolie, "a completely enclosed room by any other definition needs only to have two walls with large, openable windows to allow smoking."

The Wildcat Lanes addition has large windows on three walls. The addition was unanimously approved, with one commissioner reportedly saying "cool" when the applicant admitted its purpose was to accommodate smoking. ...

Looking for smoking ban loopholes
Wisconsin Radio Network - Andrew Beckett - February 19, 2010

State officials may be taking another look at a loophole included in a statewide smoking ban.

The ban set to take effect on July 5th of this year includes a provision allowing smoking rooms in taverns, which would be similar to a three season porch. Grand Chute building inspector Cary Nate says it’s generating a lot of interest from bar owners and they’ve had people approach them with plans to add on to their businesses.

The rule requires that at least 25-percent of two of the room’s walls are covered with windows that can be opened. Nate says the concern is they don’t have to actually open those windows and the law includes no direction on how the room needs to be ventilated.

The state Commerce Department says it plans to revisit the issue, and other possible loopholes in the smoking ban. A hearing has been scheduled for early April in Madison. ...

Milwaukee's best smoke-free bar, 2010: Whiskey Bar
OnMilwaukee.com - February 17, 2010

Now that state lawmakers have reached a deal to prohibit smoking in virtually all workplaces -- including restaurants and taverns -- this Best of Bars category will soon become moot.

But since Wisconsin's state-wide smoking band doesn't go into effect until this July, Milwaukeeans can still debate and discuss their favorites among the select few bars in this city that have opted to go smoke-free without government intervention.

Although more than a handful have axed the ashtrays before it, Whiskey Bar, a relative newcomer to Jefferson Street, won over Milwaukeeans' lungs with its clean air environment. ...

City adopts no-smoking ordinance
Jackson County Chronicle - Cassandra Colson - February 10, 2010

The Black River Falls city council has adopted the newest version of its no-smoking ordinance that bans smoking in city buildings and city vehicles.

Residents could now see a $100 fine for violating the ordinance, compared to the $10 enforced in the city’s previous version. The city council unanimously voted to adopt the ordinance after conducting a second reading at its regular meeting Feb. 2.

Mayor Ron Danielson first presented the newest version of the ordinance to the Committee of the Whole at its Dec. 16 meeting for two purposes — to change the amount residents can be fined for violating it and officially add it to the city’s municipal code. ...

Wildcat Lanes gets city OK to build 'outdoor' smoking room
Verona (WI) Press, 2010-02-07
Jim Ferolie Verona Press editor

A 225-foot addition planned for Wildcat Lanes (middle, in brown) features large windows on two sides that would enable it to not be considered "enclosed" when the statewide smoking ban goes into effect July 5.

The city Plan Commission gave approval Monday for Verona's first smoking room.

While the building addition at Wildcat Lanes wasn't labeled as such in the staff report and certainly doesn't have to be used that way, its purpose was obvious by the design and timing of the request. The bowling alley's general manager, Andy Poole, confirmed it midway through the discussion with a terse, uncomfortable, "yes," after commissioner Patrick Lytle could no longer hold in his curiosity. ...

3 counties join forces on tobacco
Kenosha News.com - Joe Potente - February 5, 2010

A new group is working to snuff out smoking in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties.

A tri-county tobacco-free coalition recently replaced separate organizations in Kenosha and Racine. Joyce Erickson, the coordinator of the old Kenosha coalition, is leading the new group. ...

Dane Co. exempts "tobacco bars" from smoking ban
WKOW-TV.com - January 21, 2010

MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County leaders voted to exclude tobacco bars from the county's smoking ban.

The measure passed 30 to 7.

Mediterranean Hookah Lounge owner Tommy Hannah says smoking out of hookahs is what's keeping his business alive.

"Anyone can go downtown, anyone can go to any restaurant they want to, I need some sort of different nich that people want to come here for," Hanna said.

Supporters of the change say it makes the county ordinance more like the statewide smoking ban that takes effect in July. ...

Wildcat Lanes gets city OK to build 'outdoor' smoking room
Verona Press - Jim Ferolie - January 8, 2010

The city Plan Commission gave approval Monday for Verona's first smoking room.

While the building addition at Wildcat Lanes wasn't labeled as such in the staff report and certainly doesn't have to be used that way, its purpose was obvious by the design and timing of the request. The bowling alley's general manager, Andy Poole, confirmed it midway through the discussion with a terse, uncomfortable, "yes," after commissioner Patrick Lytle could no longer hold in his curiosity.

"Cool," Lytle said after acknowledging that his question wasn't really relevant to the discussion.

City planning director Bruce Sylvester said later that he intentionally avoided bringing up the purpose of the addition because it wasn't "germane" to the Plan Commission's charge, which has more concern with aesthetics and consistency than enforcement of the state smoking ban. The state ban will supersede Verona's prohibition smoking in food- or drink-serving areas July 5, and it contains a rather loose definition of what constitutes an outdoor patio.

True to form, the commission spent most of the nearly half-hour discussion focused on screening dumpsters with fences elsewhere on the site than about what would go inside the building or how it would be used. Aside from a couple of clumsily worded questions on its somewhat curious design and placement, commissioners generally bit their tongues and made sure not to leave any implication that it mattered whether the room was made for smoking. ...

Lambeau Field to go smoke-free as statewide ban only 6 months away
NewsoftheNorth.Net - December 17, 2009

Some bars and restaurants are already clearing the air of tobacco smoke even though a statewide smoking ban doesn’t go into effect until July.

“We’ve had more favorable comments by far,” said Nancy Koch, co-owner of the newly opened Hodge Podge Lodge restaurant in St. Germain. “Most of the customers like the fact that we’re smoke-free and it’s going to be the law anyway starting July."

The latest to join in the smoking ban is none other than Wisconsin’s Green Bay Packers football team, which announced that, effective next season, it will enforce Wisconsin Act 12, which bans smoking in most indoor public places and in workplaces.

The Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District and the Packers have determined the act applies to all of Lambeau, as it does to restaurants, bars and other places, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

So while you’ll still be able to have a beer at the famed NFL stadium, you won’t be able to light up without risking a fine. ...

WI Sees Decrease In Tobacco Sales
Northland's NewsCenter - Melissa Burlaga - November 16, 2009

Governor Jim Doyle announced a significant decrease in tobacco sales to Wisconsin minors Monday.

The state’s 2009 Synar sales compliance survey, which determines the number of retail outlets that are selling tobacco illegally to minors, shows a noncompliance rate of 5.7 percent—20 percent lower than the 2008 rate of 7.2 percent.

“In Wisconsin, we are working hard to protect our kids from the scourge of tobacco,” Governor Doyle said. “Our state has a long history of preventing youth tobacco sales and I’m pleased our efforts are paying off.”

Governor Doyle also thanked retailers for helping keep tobacco out of the hands of minors and for their dedication to protecting young people from tobacco’s harmful effects. ...

St. Croix bans tobacco use on county-owned property
River Falls Journal - Judy Wiff - Oct 21, 2009

In a few months, clusters of smokers outside St. Croix County buildings and the litter of cigarette filters in county parks should be things of the past.

Seventeen years ago the County Board voted to ban smoking inside county government buildings and passenger vehicles. On Oct. 20 the board went farther by banning the use of tobacco products on the grounds of county government buildings, at the fairgrounds, in county parks and in all county-owned vehicles and equipment regardless of location.

The tobacco-free policy will be effective Jan. 1, 2010 ...

Superior City Council Approves Ordinances To Help Businesses During Smoking Ban
Northland's NewsCenter - October 8, 2009

By KBJR News 1 The Superior city council passed two measures in an effort to help bars and restaurants stay afloat despite next year's statewide smoking ban ...

Superior council approves outdoor bar and restaurant service
Duluth News Tribune (registration) - Shelley Nelson - October 6, 2009

Superior's City Council decided to get ahead of a statewide smoking ban today. While the ban prohibits smokers from lighting up in indoor workplaces, ...

Editorial: State did the right thing with smoking ban
Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, 2009-09-28

New reviews of recent studies conclude that heart attack rates have fallen 17 percent in communities and states after smoking bans were enacted. It's just further evidence that Wisconsin did the right thing in passing the ban that takes effect next summer. . . .

Smoking ban opponents argue that business owners should have the choice regarding what happens on their private property. But this is not the first law ever passed to regulate public health in those businesses. Making it illegal to poison the air is certainly an appropriate government action.

Next July 1, Wisconsin joins 31 other states that forbid smoking in the workplace, including restaurants and taverns. It's about time. ...

Anti-smoking info campaign targets minorities
Wausau (WI) Daily Herald, 2009-09-28
Keith Uhlig * Wausau Daily Herald

A statewide anti-smoking campaign aimed at minorities and those in poverty that highlights the dangers of second-hand smoke has begun.
Dubbed "Everybody Smokes When Anybody Smokes," the campaign will use radio, bus and billboard advertisements to get the message across. And local anti-smoking advocates say they hope it will bolster their ongoing efforts to reach into minority communities to underscore the dangers of smoking.

"There are definitely certain groups that are impacted in different ways," said Mandy Myszka, public health educator for the Marathon County Health Department. "For instance, the lower socio-economic population, the tobacco companies really target them specifically. They can offer them free tobacco products to get them started, for instance."

The state campaign -- promoted by the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, a coalition of community anti-smoking activists and the state Department of Health Services -- will use minority spokespeople to help make the connection with minority groups. For example, Blia Lor, a Hmong woman from Milwaukee, will be featured on billboards. ...

TOYCEN: Implications of the campus-wide smoking ban
The Lawrentian , 2009-09-25
Toycen, Michael

Under new rules at Lawrence, people are no longer allowed to smoke within the "academic necklace" of campus. Although it is completely acceptable to pass this rule -- Lawrence is private property -- there are some implications that need to be brought to attention.

First, the biggest problem with the ban is that short of someone vigilantly patrolling the affected areas and accosting individuals who break the rules, very little can be done in the way of enforcement. . . .

Council considers options for smokers
Superior Telegram - Shelley Nelson - September 11, 2009

A panel of city councilors working with business owners is getting closer to an outdoor solution to the state's impending indoor smoking ban ...

Exemption to county smoking ban proposed for hookah bar
Wisconsin State Journal - Matthew DeFour - August 19, 2009

Dane County's smoking ban, less than a week old, is already facing a challenge from a town of Madison restaurant that wants to be let off ...

Doyle won't seek re-election
Daily Cardinal - Hannah Furfaro - August 17, 2009

He said the statewide smoking ban and domestic partner benefits registry, passed in the last year, showed a lot could be accomplished in a year. ...

Dane County Smoking Ban Now In Effect
Channel 3000/WISC-TV Ch. 3 (Madison, WI), 2009-08-16

Saturday marked the beginning of the Dane County smoking ban.
The ban is Wisconsin's only county-wide smoking ban.

The ban will affect 34 Dane County towns that had not yet enacted bans of their own.

At Issue: Should some hotel rooms be designated for smoking?
In a nutshell
Wisconsin State Journal, 2009-08-16
State Journal staff

Wisconsin inns and hotels would be able to allow smoking in up to 25 percent of their rooms under a bill in the Legislature that would amend the statewide smoking ban. . . .

The case for
State Rep. Terry Van Akkeren, D-Sheboygan, chairman of the Assembly tourism committee that is reviewing the bill, said it is necessary because all of the states around Wisconsin have similar exemptions for hotels. He said Wisconsin would be an "island" without such measures and tourism could be harmed if smokers chose to stay just in a hotel just across the border. . . .

The case against
Bars and taverns deserve an exemption if hotels receive one, said Pete Madland, executive director of the Wisconsin Tavern League.

"The arguments that are being used are the same arguments we used to try to defeat the smoking ban," Madland said, whose group fought the statewide ban for years. ...

Dane County smoking ban takes effect Aug. 15
Wisconsin State Journal, 2009-08-08
MATTHEW DeFOUR

TOWN OF MADISON -- A familiar fixture at the Badger Bowl on Rimrock Road will disappear next weekend: ashtrays.

The bowling alley will join dozens of bars and restaurants in going smoke-free as Dane County's smoking ban goes into effect Aug. 15.
The county is the first in the state to enact its own smoking ban.

Badger Bowl operations manager Kurtis Swenson expects to lose some customers who will stop seeking out Badger Bowl as one of the few bowling alleys in the area where smoking is allowed.

"We're concerned that some bowlers aren't going to find out until the day they walk in here," Swenson said. "Those teams will come in and say, 'There's no ashtrays. … We're not happy about this.'"

The ban only affects Dane County's towns. But combined with smoking bans in Madison, Fitchburg, Middleton, Monona, Verona (which also starts Aug. 15) and the village of Shorewood Hills, 75 percent of Dane County residents will live in smoke-free communities. ...

Inside smoking outdoors?
Isthmus - August 6, 2009

A new analysis by the Wisconsin Tavern League suggests the state's impending smoke-free law may not put an end to smoking in enclosed areas, and could marginally undercut Madison's existing ban.

"If an outdoor structure has four solid walls and no permanent roof, as opposed to a tarp or removable roof, it would not meet the definition of an enclosed area and smoking would be permitted," says the group's final analysis, posted on its website (PDF).

Madison City Attorney Michael May thinks the group is correct in concluding that a structure with no roof is considered outdoors. He's not sure if the city's ordinance addresses this issue or "whether we would agree that a tarp or removable roof qualifies as no roof." ...

Bill Would Exempt Some Hotel Rooms From Smoking Ban
Milwaukee Public Radio, 2009-08-05
Marti Mikkelson

The Wisconsin Legislature is considering a bill that would exempt 25 percent of hotel rooms from the statewide smoking ban. It's scheduled to take effect next July. Rep. Mark Gottlieb of Port Washington is one of the sponsors of the legislation. He says although he voted in favor of the workplace ban, he thinks smoking should be allowed in some hotel rooms.

"Hotels are a different situation. When you rent a hotel room essentially that becomes your private residence for the length of time that you've rented it. There's really not employees in there serving you so to me, the hotel issue is distinct and separate from the workplace issue," Gottlieb says. ...

Smoke-free tavern open for business after 4-year wait
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune - July 31, 2009

... Nelson said customer comments about the business and its smoke-free environment have been positive. "I think it has lived up to what people wanted." ...

Jackson County bans tobacco use
Jackson County (WI) Chronicle, 2009-07-22
Matthew Perenchio * Editor

Tobacco use on Jackson County property will be banned, and violators could see a $50 fine.

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors passed the prohibition of smoking and use of smoke-free tobacco at its July 20 meeting. The ban will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010, and will cover all county-owned property except forestland, campgrounds and roadways.

"It might take a little bit to educate the public, but I think it's going to work," said Supervisor Roger Stevens.

It was the second time the proposition came before the board, and being approved by a 12-4, it drew some criticism from board members and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Duane Waldera -- who called the ordinance "intrusive" and "complex" -- questioned the enforceability of such rules.

"It's going to be difficult to enforce this," Waldera said. "It's going to be a little more labor-intensive." ...

Housing complex owners vote to ban smoking
Leader-Telegram – July 19, 2009

It's not just indoor public places in Eau Claire where lighting up is prohibited. Now residents of a south side, owner-occupied housing complex will have to snuff out smoking in their homes, the most recent sign of public anti-smoking sentiment.

Members of the Fairfax Parkside Homeowners Association on Wednesday voted to outlaw smoking inside residences that are part of the 34-unit development. ...

Proposal to ban smoking at bus station fizzles
Wausau (WI) Daily Herald, 2009-07-17
Nick Halter Wausau Daily Herald

A challenge to the smoking policy at Wausau's downtown bus depot was shot down Thursday by Wausau transit commissioners.

Commissioner Fred Heider proposed prohibiting smoking at the outdoor terminal because he was concerned that smoke drifting from the waiting area into the open doors of buses could violate the Clean Air Act that prohibits smoking on buses.

"If you're standing on the platform and the air is sucked into the bus, then you're basically smoking on the bus," he said. . . .

He backed off when Metro Ride Director Greg Seubert said allowing smoking at the station did not break any laws, citing several other Wisconsin cities that allow smoking in bus depots. He also said bus drivers are exempt from breaks and, given the short period of time they have between routes, the 40 percent to 50 percent of operators who smoke don't have time to leave the waiting area for a smoke during downtown stops. ...

Smoke-free good for business
Superior Telegram - July 9, 2009

Village of Weston delays smoking ban
WAOW -TV9 (Wausau, WI), 2009-07-07
Colby Robertson

It's official, the Village of Weston will wait to implement its smoking ban with the rest of the state.

The Village President, Fred Schuster, says in the end it came down to being fair.

You may remember the Village of Weston passed its smoking ban this past December. Originally they were going to have all businesses go smoke free starting January 1, 2010. But once the statewide smoking ban passed, the Village President said it was a huge relief

"My concern all along was a level playing field and after the state came with their ban, theirs was effective July 5th, ours would have been January 1st. I really wanted a level playing field for everybody," says Schuster. ...

Weston Delays Implementation of Smoking Ban
WSAW CBS 7 (Wausau, WI), 2009-06-01

Some bar owners in Weston are very happy after learning the village’s smoking ban will not go into effect until the statewide ban does next July. It was scheduled to start in January.

In a 5-to-1 vote Monday, Weston’s Village Board decided to delay implementing their smoking ban because bar owners feared banning smoking earlier than surrounding towns could cause a downtown in business.

"I agree with the idea of a level playing field,” said Village President Fred Schuster. “Personally I don't see how that can be wrong."

"We don't want to lose our customers to somebody else in that six month period of time,” said Terry Woznicki, who owns the Down the Hill bar in Weston. “If they go down the street they might not come back. Now they can stay." ...

Bar owners seek Weston smoking ban delay
Wausau Daily Herald - June 1, 2009

Weston tavern owners want to delay the village's smoking ban six months so it coincides with a state ban that takes effect in July 2010.

Some Weston bars owners say they will suffer for six months because taverns in Rothschild, Schofield and Kronenwetter, which still allow smoking, will take Weston customers during the winter months, said Dan Elliott, owner of the Kelly Club in Weston. ...

Wisconsin's new smoking ban includes Lambeau Field
Fond du Lac (WI) Reporter, 2009-05-27

Wisconsin's new public smoking ban would prohibit people from lighting up anywhere in Lambeau Field, according to Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District Director Pat Webb.

"Our first blush is that we would be covered by the law," Webb told the district board today.

Smoking is permitted in designated areas of the stadium concourse, but Webb said Packers officials admit it isn't strictly enforced. Smoking is not permitted in the stadium bowl.

The state law, which Gov. Jim Doyle signed May 18, includes "any stadium, ...

Innkeeper exemption sought for smoking ban
Wisconsin Radio Network - May 27, 2009

The ink on the statewide smoking ban is barely dry, and already there's an attempt to alter it. State Representative Gary Sherman wants to restore the right of Wisconsin innkeepers to offer smoking rooms, and says the ban on hotel and motel smoking is bound to be broken, anyway.

"If you're a consumer of a hotel room and you don't smoke, and if like me you're very sensitive to smoke, you need to know whether the last person in that room had smoked or not," says Sherman. "Without the designation of smoking rooms, there's nothing to keep people from smoking. They're just going to do it." ...

Governor Doyle signed Wisconsin's smokefree workplace law on May 18, 2009.

Doyle signs smoking ban measure
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - May 18, 2009

Jim Doyle signed a smoking ban Monday, making bars, restaurants and other workplaces smoke-free starting next summer. "It's time for every person in ...

Superior to consider making outdoor cigarette patios into tavern and restaurant permits
BusinessNorth.com - May 18, 2009

As bars and restaurants spend the next year-plus getting ready for the statewide smoking ban, one city is looking for a way to help that transition. Mike Simonson reports from Superior.

Superior is considering outdoor smoking patios.

Bars and restaurants fear they'll lose customers if they don't have some place for smokers to go.

Enter Superior. Mayor Dave Ross says instead of having one by one special use permits for these businesses, he says bars and other businesses can have it written in their licenses to accommodate smokers outside on private property.

"We need to give some bars and restaurants some breathing room in that they can allow for outdoor smoking in patio areas. One of the things that the debate is going to be is bars that don't have a side yard or patio area, whether they can set up a sitting area on the outside public sidewalk and as well have an area of service out on the street."

Ross is against having smoking patios on public sidewalks. Even so, state Tavern League Director Pete Madland hopes other communities follow Superior's lead. ...

 

Casinos Urged To Comply With Smoking Ban
Today's TMJ4 - May 15, 2009

MILWAUKEE - Slot machines, blackjack and craps tables draw people to Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

It's the smoking that keeps Mary Welch-Donovan out.

“It's very irritating,” she told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. "I shouldn't have to take in that smoke of other people's habit."

Welch-Donovan prefers Illinois, where smoking in casinos is against the law.

Wisconsin's 16 casinos are on sovereign tribal land and would not be required to comply with a statewide smoking ban scheduled to take effect July 5, 2010. ...

Fond du Lac smoking ban will remain in effect
The Reporter - May 15, 2009

Smokers visiting Fond du Lac taverns should keep puffing outdoors.

The state Legislature's passage Wednesday of a statewide smoking ban will not provide a hiatus or gap in the city's workplace smoking ban. The state ban bill, once it gets Gov. Jim Doyle's signature, is scheduled to go into effect July 5, 2010.

Fond du Lac City Council members in October supported Council President Tim Lakin's amendment that any state ordinance would supercede the local ordinance.

"(Then) Councilwoman (Lindee) Kimball posed the question on whether the intent of the city ordinance was to continue the city ordinance to a (state) effective date," City Attorney James Flader said Thursday. "The answer from Mr. Lakin — and we actually do have the tape of this — was 'yes.'" ...

Letters: Smoking ban a good move for state of Wisconsin
The Business Journal of Milwaukee, May 15, 2009

This day has been a long time coming, but I am pleased that all sides have finally come to the table to reach agreement on a very contentious issue (the statewide smoking ban).

I know that proponents and opponents of the smoking ban all feel very passionate about this issue. I know that they did not get everything they wanted. That is the nature of compromise. This is a bill that we can live with. It will go a long way toward protecting and improving the public health. This bill will reduce the occurrence of smoking-related diseases and the health care costs that we all pay for treating those diseases. ...

Arnone: Smoking ban will benefit restaurants, businesses
The Business Journal of Milwaukee, May 15, 2009
by Corrine Hess

Wendy Arnone was living in New York when the state smoking ban went into effect in July 2003.

She was the general manager for HealthNow New York Inc., the parent company for Blue Cross and Blue Shield New York at the time, so professionally it made sense for her to support the initiative.

The following year, New York saw an 8 percent reduction in hospital admissions for heart attacks resulting in a $56 million savings in health care costs, according to Beth Goldberg, spokesperson for the New York State Department of Health.

Arnone saw anecdotal effects of the smoking ban as well with restaurants reaping the benefits by serving customers who would have otherwise stayed home because they didn’t want to be in a smoky environment, she said. ...

Assembly, Senate pass indoor smoking ban
Milwaukee (WI) Journal-Sentinel, 2009-05-14
Patrick Marley, Steven Walters and Stacy Forster of the Journal Sentinel

Smoking would be banned in restaurants, bars and other businesses starting in July 2010 under a bill the Legislature passed Wednesday.
Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, who has made an indoor smoking ban a priority, pledged to sign the measure.

"Today, Wisconsin is taking an important step to save lives and protect our kids and citizens from the scourge of tobacco," Doyle said in a statement.

"I wish the ban would be implemented sooner, but I am proud the state is embracing the healthy direction the world is going. Making Wisconsin smoke-free will save money in health care costs, improve public health across the state and save lives."

The measure passed the Senate 25-8 and the Assembly 61-38.
Virtually all workplaces would become smoke-free on July 5, 2010.
The Tavern League of Wisconsin fought the ban for years. Though the group lost the battle, it won a concession by delaying the start date a year. ...

Smoking ban vote today
Fox11online.com - May 13, 2009

MADISON - Lawmakers will look to clear the air today when it comes to a statewide smoking ban.

The state Senate and Assembly will debate the measure today, and are expected to pass it. If the current proposal is approved, the workplace smoking ban would take effect in July of next year. ...

Study Shows People Can Breathe Easier in City of Eau Claire Taverns
WEAU-TV 13 - May 11, 2009

A new study shows employees and patrons at Eau Claire taverns can breathe easier because of the city-wide smoking ban.

The study comes from the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. They found the level of fine particle pollution in four Eau Claire taverns went down 95 percent or more compared to the levels present before Eau Claire implemented the ban.

The study included four taverns in Eau Claire and two outside the city limits. They were monitored in February and March of last year and then again in February of this year.

Before the city's smoking ban in 2008, air quality in all six bars reached levels considered hazardous to health. That’s the highest level of air quality danger ranked by the EPA. Monitoring from February of this year found the taverns in Eau Claire ranked "good." That ranking by the EPA shows no health concerns. ...

Editorial: Smoking ban bill is win for public
Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent, 2009-05-10

The goal is within reach. And do you know who we have to thank for that?

You. . . . public sentiment for a statewide ban grew over time. In a legislative process seemingly dominated by lobbyists' special interests and legislators' self-interest, the public's voice broke through.

Without the overwhelming support of state residents in favor of a ban, there would be no reason this bill would be on the verge of becoming law.

The major compromise is the starting date, more than a year from now. While we'd prefer the ban start sooner, we appreciate the sentiment behind the delay. It'll give bar and restaurant owners plenty of time to make whatever accommodations they want to make for outside smoking, and it'll give the economy some time to bounce back and reduce whatever negative effects a ban might have on a business.

The bottom line is that a ban appears to be on the way. For that, we're grateful -- to you. ...

Wisconsin smoking ban would level playing field in Twin Ports
Superior (WI) Daily Telegram, 2009-05-09
Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram and Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune , Superior Telegram

A statewide smoking ban in Wisconsin moved a step closer to reality last week when lawmakers announced they had brokered a compromise between advocates for a strict ban and a bar owners group. The deal, expected to pass both houses this week, would prohibit smoking in restaurants, taverns, bowling alleys and virtually all workplaces in Wisconsin by July 5, 2010.

That would put Wisconsin on par with three border states that already have statewide smoking bans ­ Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa.
That’s welcome news for Duluth bar owners who say Minnesota’s ban led to customers crossing the border in favor of Wisconsin’s smoking bars. ...

Wis. Legislature poised to pass smoking ban
AP, 2009-05-11

After months of trying, Wisconsin lawmakers are poised this week to pass a statewide ban on smoking in any workplace, including bars and restaurants. Twenty-five other states already have gone smoke-free, but the ban would mark a sea change for hard-partying Wisconsin, where beer and cigarettes go together like cows and hay.

The state's powerful tavern lobby fears the ban will keep so many people home that taverns, particularly small-time, backroad bars, might vanish. Supporters, including bar owners themselves, acknowledge some taverns might lose smokers, but they could gain nonsmokers and the state's air will be cleaner.

And don't ever underestimate the draw of booze in this state to keep taverns in business.

"No matter how bad it is, people find a way to drink," said Tyler Paul, 24, as he sat smoking a cigarette and drinking a Rolling Rock beer at McGovern's.

Liberal-leaning Madison ignited the debate in Wisconsin in 2004 when city leaders banned smoking in all taverns and restaurants. A dozen other local governments have followed suit, creating a patchwork of ordinances. ...

Lawmakers say smoking ban should move quickly to governor's desk
Wausau (WI) Daily Herald, 2009-05-08
DJ Slater Wausau Daily Herald

State Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, D-Weston, and State Rep. Donna Seidel, D-Wausau, are confident the state's proposed smoking ban will pass through all legislative bodies without much friction.

"There will be some people opposed to it, but I think they'll pass it," Decker said. "When legislators (both Democrat and Republican) say they are on board, that basically sets the path for passing."

State lawmakers reached a compromise Wednesday with smoking advocates regarding a statewide ban that would prohibit smoking at nearly all Wisconsin workplaces starting on July 5, 2010.

The bill first will go through a Senate committee and Assembly committee, which both are expected to cast separate votes at 10 a.m. today to move it forward. If successful, the bill will go to both legislative houses on Wednesday. Gov. Jim Doyle's signature would make it law.
Even with bipartisan support, Seidel said anything can happen on the Senate and Assembly floors.

EDITORIAL: Smoke ban should come sooner
Compromise state smoking ban would take effect in July 2010
Wisconsin State Journal, 2009-05-08
A Wisconsin State Journal editorial

Smokers in Madison and other communities with local bans have found it easy to step outside before lighting up. And many bars cater to smokers with outdoor patios with heaters in winter.

The only bars in Madison that were hurt economically by the smoking ban were those on the city's edges that catered to a heavy-smoking clientele and had to compete with nearby bars in other municipalities that still allowed indoor smoking.

But a statewide smoking ban requires all taverns to ban indoor smoking.

So the playing field for businesses is level.

Overall, the compromise announced Thursday is a strong one that deserves swift legislative approval next week. But an amendment moving the start date to a half year from now is reasonable and should be accepted by all sides.

Gov. Doyle Issues Statement on Passage of Statewide Smoking Ban
WQOW ABC 18 (Eau Claire, WI), 2009-05-06

Governor Doyle Wednesday made the following statement about an agreement to a statewide smoking ban.

"I am pleased that an agreement has been reached in response to my call for a statewide smoking ban.

"Throughout my entire career in public life, I've fought to protect our kids and our citizens from the scourge of tobacco. For years, I have called on the Legislature to pass a statewide smoking ban in order to help prevent Wisconsin children from starting to smoke and help motivate adults in our state to quit smoking. I wish the ban would be implemented sooner but today we are one step closer to a statewide smoking ban that is fair and equitable.

"It is time for Wisconsin to take a step that improves our health, saves lives and helps people to break the addiction to tobacco."

Statewide smoking ban terms brokered by lawmakers
Bill would take effect in July 2010, not impact casinos
AP, 2009-05-07
RYAN J. FOLEY The Associated Press

Smoking would be prohibited in restaurants, taverns and virtually all workplaces in Wisconsin starting in July 2010, under a compromise announced Wednesday by state lawmakers.

After years of debate, legislative leaders said they reached a deal on a statewide smoking ban that could pass both houses next week and be signed into law by Gov. Jim Doyle.

The announcement came after lawmakers brokered a compromise between advocates for a strict ban and the Tavern League, a powerful lobbying group that has opposed a statewide ban in the past.

Bill supporters agreed to delay implementation until July 5, 2010, so that bars would have time to prepare for the change. They also agreed to exempt the handful of existing cigar bars and all tobacco retail shops. In addition, the ban would not apply to Wisconsin casinos because the Native American tribes that run them are sovereign nations.

Virtually all other workplaces, including bowling alleys, factories and restaurants, would be required to go smoke-free. Hotels also would not be allowed to have any rooms with smoking allowed. Restaurant and bar owners still could set up smoking areas outside their businesses. . . .
The plan would replace the patchwork of local ordinances restricting smoking that have been passed in dozens of communities across the state. Cities such as Madison, Appleton and Eau Claire already havebanned smoking in all workplaces, and other communities have more limited restrictions.

Wisconsin would be the 26th state to ban smoking in all bars and restaurants, advocates say. Three of its neighboring states -- Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota -- already have approved bans. ...

Statewide smoking ban on fast track; Doyle could get bill by next week
Wisconsin State Journal, 2009-05-05
JASON STEIN

The bill, which would end smoking in bars and restaurants in Wisconsin, could be taken up by both the state Assembly and Senate as early as May 13.

In a burst of action, senators held a hearing on the bill Tuesday and an Assembly committee is scheduled to hold a hearing today, with votes expected by both committees later this week.

"It's very exciting," said Marilyn Townsend, a village of Shorewood Hills trustee who lost both of her parents to smoking-related illnesses. "There are many people who are trying to quit, and this would help them."

Townsend was one of dozens who showed up to testify both for and against a ban on Tuesday, with advocates arguing it would save both lives and health-care costs. Tavern and tobacco store owners argued the ban would crush their livelihoods. Outside the hearing room, both sides searched for a compromise that could clear the Legislature. ...

Statewide smoking ban sparks debate at public hearing
The Daily Cardinal (University of Wisconsin, Madison), 2009-05-06
Paul Waldhart /The Daily Cardinal

State officials met early Tuesday morning to discuss possible exemptions to a statewide smoking ban that could be passed as early as next week.
In a public hearing Tuesday, state senators and representatives suggested amendments to the newly proposed statewide smoking ban that could be passed as early as next week.

The bill would prohibit and penalize public smoking in all indoor areas, sports arenas, public conveyances and certain outdoor locations.
According to state Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, the hearing focused on exceptions to the smoking ban, such as cigar bars and tobacco retailers.

State Rep. Spencer Black, D-Madison, said there was strong public support for the ban because of the dangers of secondhand smoke. ...

Smoking ban gets hearing with little notice
Milwaukee (WI) Journal-Sentinel, 2009-05-04
Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee) has given the public barely 24 hours notice before holding a hearing on a bill to ban smoking that is suddenly racing through the Legislature.

The ban on smoking in workplaces, including restaurants and bars, stalled in recent years but is now on a fast track.

The law requires public hearings to be announced at least 24 hours in advance, and often legislators announce them days or even weeks ahead of time. Erpenbach, who is chairman of the Senate Health Committee, posted a notice about the hearing on the smoking ban 24 hours and 35 minutes in advance.

"Adhering to a 24-hour notice is absolutely ludicrous," said Peter Fox, executive director of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, noting that people from northern Wisconsin would have almost no chance of attending the forum.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Capitol. ...

EDITORIAL: Move statewide smoking ban as separate bill
Wisconsin State Journal, 2009-04-26

The Legislature is back on track to snuff out smoking in all bars and restaurants across Wisconsin.

Two Democrats and two Republicans introduced a bipartisan bill Friday that would ban smoking in all indoor workplaces 60 days after passage.
The sponsors who deserve credit for moving forward this public health proposal include Sens. Fred Risser, D-Madison, Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, and Reps. Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee, and Al Ott, R-Forest Junction.
Many more lawmakers are sure to sign on to the bill. But its passage won't be easy, particularly in the Democratic-led Senate, where it stalled last session.

Getting this measure into law will require the public to demand it. So call your representative and senator today. ...

Letter of the Week: It's time we go smoke-free
Wausau (WI) Daily Herald, 2009-04-26
Mark Pan, 16, Wausau

As a teenager against tobacco use, I am a solid supporter of smoke-free air legislation. I have several relatives -- including my uncle and my father -- who were once slaves to a tobacco addiction but who have since kicked the habit. . . .

For 402 years, the people of America have had this addiction. The New English colonies became rich from the tobacco they exported back to the mother-country. As a state today, we, the people of Wisconsin, must decide whether it is worth the lives of 7,215 people a year to keep the addiction alive. ...

Bipartisan statewide smoking ban introduced in Legislature
The Daily Cardinal (University of Wisconsin, Madison), 2009-04-27
Hannah Furfaro /The Daily Cardinal

Despite opposition from the Tavern League of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Legislature introduced a bipartisan bill Friday that would ban smoking in workplaces statewide.

A bipartisan statewide smoke-free workplace bill that aims to ban smoking in workplaces including bars and restaurants was introduced Friday.

The bill was coauthored by state Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, state Sen. Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, state Rep. Al Ott, R-Forest Junction, and state Rep. Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee.

"We're excited that they've done this and that they going to introduce this legislation," Allison Miller, media advocacy coordinator for the American Cancer Society in Wisconsin, said. "Obviously, our goal is to have a smoke-free Wisconsin as soon as possible." ...

Weston tavern owner joins smoke-free forces
Wausau (WI) Daily Herald, 2009-04-25
Amy Olson Wausau Daily Herald

A Weston bar owner is joining a group of Wisconsin taverns that is combining forces with clean indoor air advocates to push for a statewide smoking ban.

About 100 Wisconsin tavern and bar owners launched Taverns Clearing the Air this week. Among the members is Mark Kluck, owner of Kluck's Callon Saloon in the village of Weston.
The 53-year-old tavern owner had a heart attack 10 years ago, possibly because of exposure to secondhand smoke. He also has ongoing lung problems.

After his heart attack, doctors examined Kluck and told him he would have to quit smoking if he wanted to regain his health.

When he told them he never had smoked, but had spent his adult life working in smoky bars, the doctors advised him to get out of the tavern business.

So far, he has held onto his bar -- and until recently, he still allowed patrons to smoke.

Group Of Wisconsin Tavern Owners Push For Smoking Ban
WISN.com - April 22, 2009

"Taverns Clearing the Air," which launched Wednesday, represents almost 100 taverns in the state, along with owners of some restaurants, golf courses, lodges and bowling alleys.

"I smoked for 16 years, but I started living healthier a couple years ago. Most of my clientele smoke, so we still have smoking. It would be so nice if all bars and restaurants were smoke-free," said Shawn Lange, owner of Boz’s Sports Bar in West Allis.

Twenty-five states have passed smoke-free laws that cover all workplaces -- all bars and restaurants. ...

Madison's smoking ban hits 5-year anniversary
Wisconsin State Journal, 2009-04-20
DEAN MOSIMAN

These days, Steve Holtzman enters a Madison tavern and takes a breath of satisfaction.

Five years ago -- April 20, 2004 -- the former City Council member won a hard-fought battle he led to enact the state's first full smoking ban in bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and other workplaces.

Now, nearly four years after the ban went into effect in July 2005, smoke-free advocates say bar employees are healthier, bans are taking effect elsewhere in Dane County, the hospitality industry is doing fine and the Legislature is considering a state ban. . . .

But some in the tavern industry say there have been business casualties.
Holtzman, who introduced the broad smoking ban to the council, built upon the efforts and worked with many others, including former Ald. Jean MacCubbin and the relentless advocacy of Ira Sharenow, who has moved out of state.

Holtzman said of the council's 15-5 vote five years ago today, "I'm very proud Madison led the way. It's become a standard."

Thousands Sign Petition For Smoke-Free Air Law
WISN.com - April 16, 2009

MADISON, Wis. -- More than 6,000 people signed a petition in favor of a statewide smoke-free air law in a 48-hour period on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Holding Our Breath for Smoke-Free Air campaign organized the two-day signature gathering, which brought in a total of 6,036 signatures.

Their goal was to gather 1,000 signatures in 48 hours.

"In the first three hours of our campaign we had already surpassed our goal,” said Eric Schutt, Wisconsin government relations director for the American Cancer Society.

"There are so many people in this state that want this law passed but aren’t sure how to help make that happen. We wanted to reach out to them and give them a quick and easy way to get involved and show their support. It worked," said Schutt.

Poll: Marshfield's year-old smoking ban is popular
Chicago Tribune - April 2, 2009

A new poll showing growing approval of Marshfield's year-old ban on smoking in public places is being touted as support for a statewide smoking ban. ...

Physician: Evidence clear on secondhand smoke's consequences
Manitowoc (WI) Herald Times Reporter, 2009-03-28

When state Rep. Ted Zigmunt, D-Francis Creek, campaigned last fall, he wasn't in favor of a smoking ban in all Wisconsin workplaces, unless bars and taverns were exempted.

He's changed his mind.

"Since taking office, I've been swarmed with constituent requests that there be a full smoking ban," said the first-term assemblyman.

However, Zigmunt and three other state elected officials attending a Friday legislative breakfast at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center all prefer a smoking ban not be part of Gov. Jim Doyle's budget. ...

Tavern League summit back in Appleton after boycott threat
Appleton Post Crescent - March 26, 2009

The Tavern League of Wisconsin's spring conference, which concludes today, has drawn about 650 people to the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel on College Avenue. The venue is near the center of a city that bans smoking in taverns.

"We decided in retrospect we would honor the efforts of the Outagamie County Tavern League and we would not punish them. Therefore, we are back in Appleton," Pete Madland, the league's executive director, said Wednesday.

Verona goes smoke free
Wisconsin Radio Network - March 24, 2009

They say they would prefer a statewide ban on smoking in public places. But members of the Verona City Council say they can't wait for the state legislature to act. They have unanimously voted to ban smoking in workplaces, bars, restaurants, and parks.

Thiensville supports statewide smoking ban
Greater Milwaukee Today - March 24, 2009

The village this week passed a resolution supporting a statewide smoking ban.

Trustees voted 4-3 in favor of the resolution, which supports Gov. Jim Doyle’s call for a statewide ban on smoking in public places. The measure was introduced as part of the governor’s budget proposal.

Appleton smoking ban possible catalyst for statewide effort
Appleton Post Crescent - March 24, 2009

APPLETON — Appleton's 3½-year-old workplace smoking ban offers "proof in the pudding" evidence to state legislators of public support for a statewide ban, proponents of a state smoke-free law said Monday.

A poll of likely Appleton voters conducted for Smoke Free Wisconsin concluded overwhelming approval exists for the city's ban, enacted in July 2005.

"It's now time for Wisconsin and the workers in Wisconsin to pass a smoke-free workplace law," said Shawn Boogaard of Clean Air Works, the local group behind successful efforts to establish Appleton's ban.

Customers complying with ban on smoking
Fond du Lac (WI) Reporter, 2009-03-22
Russell Plummer , The Reporter

Police have been called into action twice since Fond du Lac's citywide workplace smoking ban went into effect Feb. 2.

While bar owners, managers and workers are concerned about the possibility of their customer base shrinking, the Fond du Lac Police Department is satisfied that customers loyal to Fond du Lac businesses are complying with the ordinance.

Major Kevin Lemke said the two calls have originated from Beernuts, 183 S. Main St., and Kozmos, 29 S. Main St.

"In both cases, (the caller was) anonymous," Lemke said. "When officers arrived, they didn't locate anyone smoking. At this point, we feel that our local business community is doing exactly what we'd hoped they'd do. They are self-policing the smoking regulations."

Smokey taverns will soon air out in Middleton
WKOW-TV.com - March 16, 2009

MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- Smokers in Middleton will no longer be allowed to light up inside bars after Saturday night.
Middleton will join about 30 other Wisconsin communities that have passed smoking bans. Middleton has had a smoking ban in effect for restaurants for about 15 years. The new ban will cover all workplaces except for designated hotel rooms and tobacco shops.

Ever since the Middleton Common Council passed the ban back in July, there has been concern over what it could do to bars' business. Beverly Jambois, who helped organize the ban, says bar owners shouldn't be worried. ...

“Smoking Allowed” ­ Trends in Policies that Allow Smoking in the Workplace: Wisconsin and the United States (PDF)
UW-Surveillance and Evaluation Program (S&E), 2009-01-01

The findings in this study revealed that fewer Wisconsin employees are working in places that allow smoking. In turn, these results imply that fewer employees are exposed to secondhand smoke while in the workplace. This trend was evident for all employees, regardless of region, sex, race/ethnicity, or education.

Yet, nearly one out of four persons employed indoors reported working under a policy that allowed smoking in his or her workplace. In addition, men, Hispanics and Blacks, employees with lower levels of education, and employees with lower levels of household income all remained disparately more likely to work where smoking was permitted.

In addition, this analysis found a discrepancy in the reported prevalence of smoking policies in work areas relative to public areas. Variations in the type of policy established, or variations in the implementation of the established policies, may account for these discrepancies. Additionally, there may be confusion or a lack of understanding of workplace smoking policies. Regardless of the cause of the discrepancy, workplaces that do not equally incorporate work areas and public areas into their smoking policies result in a higher number of employees who are at risk of exposure to secondhand smoke while at work.

The state’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Plan goal, to decrease the number of adults who report their workplace’s official smoking policy allows smoking in some or all work areas to 13%, was met in 2004.
By 2007, the percentage of employees reporting that smoking was allowed in some or all of their work areas had further declined to 11.6%. This progress suggests that state efforts aimed at reducing smoking in the workplace have had an effect on communities and employers. Thirty-six Wisconsin municipalities have passed smoke-free air ordinances.14 However, most of these are not 100% smoke-free policies.

Thus, many employees may still be exposed to secondhand smoke while at work.

Moreover, policies aimed at reducing smoking in public areas of the workplace have lagged behind.

When consideration is given to the workplace as a whole, 22% of Wisconsin employees are still at risk for exposure to secondhand smoke while at work. If the U.S. Healthy People 20102 goal, which aims to ensure all U.S. employees have the opportunity to work in smoke-free environments is to be met, then Wisconsin, in addition to a number of other states, may need to consider more comprehensive approaches to establishing smoke-free workplace policies.

Survey: Exposure to Workplace Smoking Varies by Income, Education, Gender
AP, 2009-03-12

A survey on workplace smoking policies in Wisconsin shows employees' exposure to smoke varies by income, education and gender.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Comprehensive Cancer Center survey says high school graduates are twice as likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke than college grads. It also finds men are 50% more likely to be exposed to smoke than women.

The study estimates that the vast majority of workplace smoking is done in manufacturing and retail settings.

City smokes out more public places
Greenfield West Allis Now - March 10, 2009

A proposed ordinance would ban smoking on all municipal grounds and in all city of Greenfield vehicles and equipment.

Smoking is already banned in municipal buildings, such as City Hall, the public library and police station, but the proposed ordinance would expand the ban to the grounds outside those buildings.

City parks, however, would likely be exempt because of festival events like Dan Jansen Fest and the Fourth of July celebration.

The Common Council could vote on the proposal as early as March 17. Aldermen generally favored the ordinance at a meeting earlier this month but requested it not take effect until July 1.

Housing authority mulls smoking ban for new Allied Drive apartments
Capital Times - March 9, 2009

Robert Artis, an activist in his low-income Allied Drive-Dunn's Marsh neighborhood, said that if he wants to smoke in his apartment, he ought to be able to light up.

"I should have the right to sit down on my couch after dinner and smoke a cigarette," said Artis. "If I can't smoke in my own home, where can I?"

Artis could find his living room smoking snuffed out if he wants to live in the apartments the city's Community Development Authority is constructing in the Allied Drive neighborhood. The CDA is considering whether to ban smoking in the $9.2 million housing development for low-income tenants.

CDA officials have worked closely with Allied Drive residents to set screening criteria and rents for the new housing at a level that would open its doors to them and their neighbors. A smoke-free policy would slam it, Artis said. ...

One in 5 workers in WI exposed to secondhand smoke
WKOW-TV.com - March 9, 2009

Madison (WKOW) --- One in five Wisconsin workers works in a company still allowed to smoke according to a new report today issued by Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center.

That's more than 500,000 residents in the state exposed to secondhand smoke while at work.

New Poll Shows Voters in Eau Claire Support Smoke Free Ordinance
WEAU-TV 13 - March 9, 2009

A new poll shows nearly 3 in 4 voters in Eau Claire support the city's smoke-free ordinance.

A polling firm, The Mellman Group, surveyed 400 likely voters in Eau Claire in late February. SmokeFree Wisconsin commissioned and paid for the research. It also found 77 percent of those who go to bars and restaurants at least once a week support the smoking ban.

Smoking ban back on agenda
Verona Press - March 6, 2009

More than a month after getting public input about a proposed smoking ban in the City of Verona, the Common Council's Public Safety and Welfare committee will finally debate its merits.

The committee took more than an hour of public comments Jan. 26, with a significant portion asking for various exceptions, as the committee had hoped. In the meantime, the city arranged a meeting among the most vocal people on each side and worked out some preliminary compromises.

The resulting second draft of the ordinance offers the committee some options for two requested exceptions - outdoor patios and hotel smoking rooms - as well as a completely open-ended implementation date. On Monday, the Public Safety committee will piece together its preferred version and send it to the Common Council for review later in the month. ...

County will not fight city on workplace smoking ban
The Reporter - March 5, 2009

Fond du Lac County has decided to stop fighting the city's workplace smoking ban that prohibits smoking at the Health Care Center. But smoking will resume soon for mentally ill patients — when the county's outdoor smoking area is completed this spring.

The Fond du Lac County Department of Community Programs Board voted Wednesday not to continue its battle with the city to reinstate smoking indoors in its Acute Psychiatric Unit.

Lawmaker hopes compromise possible on workplace smoking ban
Kenosha (WI) News, 2009-02-28
JOE POTENTE

The Holding Our Breath Coalition, a diverse group of organizations that support smoke-free legislation, support a ban as does the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.

The Tavern League of Wisconsin remains opposed, though a local lawmaker believes a compromise is in the works.

"I think all of the legislators would jump on a compromise, because the politicans want to keep both sides happy," Sen. Robert Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie, said Friday.

Wirch would prefer the ban be voted upon separate from the budget, which he believes would be more popular with more members of both chambers.

Aaron Doeppers, Midwest region director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, counters the budget is an appropriate place for the smoking ban -- citing health-related fiscal costs of tobacco use in the state.

Rally for state smoking ban at noon Thursday at courthouse
Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, 2009-02-25

Supporters of a statewide smoking ban will announce a new campaign at noon Thursday at the Brown County Courthouse in downtown Green Bay.

The campaign, called "Holding Our Breath for Smoke-Free Air," will include a Web site that allows citizens to record video messages on why they want to live in a smoke-free state. The messages will be sent to local politicians.

Smoke-free Advocates Launch New Statewide Campaign
Holding our Breath for Smoke-free Air, 2009-02-25

Supporters of a statewide smoke-free law kicked off their "Holding Our Breath for a Smoke-Free Air" campaign Wednesday with a press conference in Madison. Some of the campaigns key features will include town hall meetings, legislative visits and a new grassroots website.

The website, www.holdingourbreathwi.com, is designed to engage and energize the public in a new way around the issue of a statewide smoke-free law and will allow supporters to view and post video messages directly to their lawmakers about why they're "holding their breath" for smoke-free air, read entries and view videos giving 100 reasons to go smoke-free in 100 days, sign an online petition, and see just how long Wisconsin has been "holding its breath" with a real-time clock starting at the campaign kickoff and counting every second until a statewide smoke-free law is passed.

Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce: Supports "Holding our Breath" campaign for statewide smoke-free law
Wisbusiness.com, WI - February 25, 2009

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce announced today its support for the "Holding our Breath for Smoke-Free Wisconsin" campaign for comprehensive statewide legislation to prohibit smoking in all indoor places. The GMCC cited public health concerns and the need for uniform health standards as the primary reasons for their support of a statewide smoking ordinance.

"The GMCC supports enlightened economic growth and policies that enhance the quality of life for residents," GMCC President Jennifer Alexander said. "A comprehensive smoke-free law will meet both criteria because it would create consistent requirements for businesses across the state while ensuring the health and well-being of the general public."

County weighing outdoor smoking area for Acute Psychiatric Unit
The Reporter, WI - February 25, 2009

Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel said he now has cost estimates for an outside smoking patio at its Acute Psychiatric Unit.

Buechel said he was told a concrete slab, chain link fence, roof, wooden perimeter fencing and a door cut into the facility's concrete block wall could total $14,000.

The county's Highway, Airport and Facilities Committee will consider the proposed patio project at its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Highway Department.

EDITORIAL: Time for smoking ban
(Ashland, WI) Daily Press, 2009-02-23

No one should have to be exposed to a known carcinogen simply because they want to go out to eat or have a drink, and no one should be forced to work in such conditions.

Wisconsin polls show public support for a ban.

It's time.

Governor Doyle: Statewide smoking ban 'very doable'
Fond du Lac (WI) Reporter, 2009-02-22

Gov. James Doyle wouldn't guarantee a statewide smoking ban, but called it "very doable."
"I think the need for a statewide ban is very necessary," he said in a telephone interview Friday afternoon with The Reporter and several other Wisconsin newspapers.

Doyle said it's his experience that establishments located in cities with a ban in place have mostly seen an increase in business.

A statewide ban, he added, would solve the problems of cities like Fond du Lac that are "unfairly burdened by a patchwork" created when adjacent communities do not have a ban.

Smoking ban part of state budget - again
Greater Milwaukee Today, USA - February 20, 2009

WAUKESHA - At Nice Ash cigar bar in downtown Waukesha, patrons can partake in an activity that’s rare inside area businesses - smoking.

As a cigar bar, smoking is a big focus of the business. They offer a walk-in humidor full of numerous cigars that customers can buy and smoke right there in the comfort of an oversized leather chair.

However, due to some provisions in Gov. Jim Doyle’s state budget, Nice Ash and similar businesses might be forced to close up shop in just a few months.

Council: No exception in smoking ban decision
The Reporter, WI - February 19, 2009

Fond du Lac City Council discussed the city's workplace smoking ban for 1½ hours Wednesday night before coming to the conclusion that there will be no exceptions.

The discussion stemmed from the county's plan to resume smoking in the Acute Psychiatric Unit of the Fond du Lac County Health Care Center. The county-run facility, located at 459 E. First St., is affected by the smoking ban because it is located within the city.

Smoking in the Acute Unit's ventilated smoking room ceased when the city's smoking ban became effective Feb. 2. The director of the facility, Dr. J.R. Musunuru, and former director Darold Treffert say mentally ill patients are not able to begin a smoking cessation program during a five to six-day average stay in the Acute Unit.

Smoking ban might be on Monday agenda
Verona Press, WI - February 19, 2009

The city's Public Safety and Welfare committee will consider a recommendation for a smoking ban at one of its next two meetings.

Whether that's Monday or two weeks later will depend on how quickly the city can arrange a working meeting with representatives of both sides of the issue. One way or another, there will be at least one more opportunity besides that meeting for citizens to prepare comment for the Common Council before it's voted on.

"It's the drop-dead intent to get it back (on the Public Safety agenda) by March 9," city administrator Shawn Murphy said. "It's probably not going to council that night, because that would be really the first public opportunity for the public to discuss and debate it."

The committee already has canceled one meeting but wasn't scheduled to hold a debate on the subject, anyway, because the working meeting hadn't been arranged.

County board doesn’t inhale stronger smoking ban yet
Jackson County Chronicle, WI - February 18, 2009

The Jackson County Board stopped just short of snuffing out nearly all tobacco use on county property.

At Monday’s meeting, the board opted to have its executive and finance committee review changes to the county’s Clean Air Ordinance that would strengthen the county’s current prohibition of smoking in county buildings.

Changes would expand the ban to include no smoking or use of smoke-free tobacco on all county property. An exception would be county forestland and campgrounds, but tobacco use would be prohibited in any county-owned or leased vehicle.

However, some board members questioned new language in the draft ordinance. Supervisor Ron Carney asked if the new change also would include county roads, thereby prohibiting people from using tobacco while on the road.

Smoking in Acute Unit gets County Board support
The Reporter, WI - February 11, 2009

The smoking debate regarding psychiatric patients continues.

After 1½ hours of discussion from both sides, the Fond du Lac County Board gave its approval to an ordinance that could, ultimately, reinstate smoking at the Fond du Lac County Health Care Center’s Acute Psychiatric Unit. Final approval would require the blessing of city officials or the ruling of a judge.

“I feel good,” said Tina Montezon, a licensed practical nurse at the facility for 27 years, after the County Board vote. “It’s good for the doctor to have a say.”

The County Board continued its meeting while a discussion among doctors took place outside the Legislative Chambers after the vote.

FdL's workplace smoking ban begins; Will Wisconsin follow?
Fond du Lac (WI) Reporter, 2009-02-02

Two Fond du Lac legislators say a statewide smoking ban would prevent the "patchwork" that is occurring in Wisconsin as more and more communities go smoke-free.

State Sen. Randy Hopper and state Rep. John Townsend, both Republicans, say they would support a statewide ban.

Fond du Lac's citywide workplace smoking ban went into effect at 6 a.m. today.

"I think in this legislative session, there is a good probability that there will be at least an introduction to a statewide ban," Townsend said. "It's become evident ... if we do not have one, we are going to end up with a patchwork situation."

Townsend said a statewide ban would put all communities on a "level playing field."

FdL City Council votes down exemption; County executive wants ...
The Reporter, WI - January 29, 2009

County Executive Allen Buechel is expected to ask a judge today for a temporary injunction for the acute unit to Fond du Lac's workplace smoking ban.

Buechel said he made the decision a month ago to move forward if City Council failed to approve an exemption for the Fond du Lac County Health Care Center's Acute Psychiatric Unit, 459 E. First St.

The City Council voted 5-2 Wednesday night against an exception to the citywide smoke-free workplace ordinance, which goes into effect at 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2.

Businesses ask for patience, exceptions
Verona Press, WI - January 28, 2009

There was a lot of talk about Verona's proposed smoking ban Monday night, but the discussion apparently has just begun.

The city's Public Safety and Welfare committee drew a crowd of about 50 people to the one-hour meeting at City Center, and many of the 17 people who spoke had either complaints or suggestions for compromise.

Ald. Scott Manley (Dist. 2), the chair of the committee, thanked the speakers for the "pretty strong testimony" and encouraged a continuing dialogue on the subject.

"I think that there is a way to achieve the public health goals (of smoking-ban proponents) but make reasonable accommodations (for opponents)," he said.

Though the tenor in the meeting got contentious and even what some people described as rude, a handful of smoking ban advocates and proponents were still discussing the topic with civility in the City Center foyer more than 30 minutes after it had ended.

Ahrens, D.M., "Indoor air quality in eating and drinking establishments in the City of Milwaukee," Milwaukee, WI: Smokefree Milwaukee Project; University of Wisconsin, Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, January 2009.

This study examined air quality in 32 eating and drinking establishments in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The study found that, "The air quality in approximately two-thirds
of these establishments, by the standards of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) peaked at a level that was at or above the hazardous-level (more than 210 parts of
particulate less than 2.5 micrograms in a cubic meter)."

Smoking ban, Lakeside boating proposal on City Council agenda
The Reporter, WI - January 26, 2009

The Fond du Lac City Council this week will discuss a request for an exemption to the workplace smoking ban.

Report blames secondhand smoke for hazardous air quality in bars
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 23, 2009

Health officials released a report Thursday showing the air quality in many Milwaukee bars and restaurants is hazardous from secondhand smoke - so bad it would receive the same designation as air downwind from a forest fire.

In presenting the report based on air samples taken at 32 establishments between Nov. 7 and Dec. 6, officials from the Smoke Free Milwaukee Project called on state lawmakers to pass a comprehensive smoke-free law.

"The debate is over and the science is clear. Secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease," said Sheri Johnson, Wisconsin's former health officer and now an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

"Now we've brought the results home to Milwaukee, and we know that residents and employees are still exposed to this serious health hazard. The threat to public health caused by secondhand smoke is simply intolerable."

Authors of the study applied the same standards for air quality that the state Department of Natural Resources uses to rate outdoor air. They found that 69% of the establishments had "hazardous" air quality, 6% had air that was "very unhealthy," 13% had air that was "unhealthy" and 3% had air that was "unhealthy for sensitive individuals."

City considers smoking ban
Verona Press, WI - January 22, 2009

Seven months after alders turned up their noses at the thought of it, City of Verona is looking into a smoking ban. And the idea appears to have gained momentum in the five weeks since a group of concerned citizens crashed the last Common Council meeting of the year to push for action.

As a result of those pleas, city administrator Shawn Murphy has spent a couple of weeks cobbling together a draft ordinance from laws enacted in other area municipalities, and that first version will be presented to the public at 5:30 p.m. Monday during the Public Safety and Welfare committee meeting at City Center.

Pressure builds to pass statewide smoking ban, but powerful foe ...
Capital Times, Wisconsin - January 13, 2009

When Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker stood in the way of a statewide smoking ban, his hometown of Weston took matters into its own hands, passing one of the strictest smoking bans in the state.

Weston is not alone. Since smoking ban legislation died last year, Eau Claire, Marshfield, Monona, Middleton, Fond du Lac and Dane County have decided against waiting for the state to take action and have joined 30 other Wisconsin communities that have passed smoking restrictions.

Smoking foes say the momentum will put pressure on lawmakers to pass a statewide ban this time around.

"You now have approximately 250,000 individuals who live in communities that are protected by local ordinances that have been passed since the end of the (legislative) session," said Eric Schutt, a lobbyist for the American Cancer Society of Wisconsin.

Village of Weston Passes Smoking Ban
WSAW, December 16, 2008

The Village of Weston is going ahead with a community smoking ban. Village Administrator Dean Zulager tells us the village board voted 6-0 Monday night to pass the legislation.

Zulager says the ban will take effect January 1st, 2010. That's so businesses have a chance to prepare for the ban.

Fond du Lac City Council votes 4-3 in support of indoor workplace
The Reporter, WI, October 23, 2008

Fond du Lac is going smoke-free. There was a nervous, quiet moment inside the Legislative Chambers as Fond du Lac City Council voted 4-3 late Wednesday in support of an indoor workplace smoking ban.

The ban, which will prohibit smoking in all city workplaces — including restaurants, taverns and bowling alleys — goes into effect in early 2009. Legally, it will be 90 days from the date the ordinance is published as a legal document in The Reporter. The effective date could be early February.

Middleton votes to end smoking at work
WKBT, WI

AP - July 16, 2008 12:25 PM ET The Middleton Common Council voted 6-2 Tuesday night to approve an ordinance ending workplace smoking.

Study says smoking bans have no negative impacts in Wis.
By: Hannah McClung / The Daily Cardinal - February 27, 2008

A new report says smoking bans do not harm bars or taverns in Wisconsin. A proposed statewide ban still faces opposition in the Senate and Assembly.

A study released Tuesday said smoking bans have no negative economic impact on Wisconsin cities, although negotiations on a statewide ban remain stalled in the Legislature.

The study was sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group.

Data from Madison and Appleton show the city smoking bans had “either a neutral or positive economic impact,” said Public Interest Advocate for WISPIRG Bruce Speight.

According to Speight, businesses in Madison with liquor licenses have experienced an increase in business, average property values have increased and there is a waiting list for liquor licenses in Appleton.

Speight said despite WISPIRG supporting a ban, the study was unbiased because it was a compilation of peer reviewed studies written by scientists.

Speight said the Center for Tobacco Control found “every study claiming a negative economic impact was supported by the tobacco industry.”

According to Speight, good public health policy is the most important reason for a statewide smoking ban.

Hudson / Governor attempts to light a fire under state lawmakers, Doyle visits front line in smoking ban battle
BY KEVIN HARTER
Pioneer Press, January 9, 2008

The day after a Wisconsin Senate committee voted to delay a smoking ban until 2010, Gov. Jim Doyle stopped by Hudson, the smoke-filled front line of the battle, to urge lawmakers to snuff out smoking in bars and restaurants sooner than later.

"There is a small group keeping the will of the people from being done," he told a crowd Wednesday at a Hudson restaurant. "We need to do the right thing and pass a statewide smoking ban without exceptions."

A Senate committee voted 3-2 Tuesday to pass a bill that would ban smoking in state workplaces starting next year but give bars and restaurants until 2010 to implement the ban.

Doyle said there are many issues in Madison, like the budget, that need to be scrutinized and negotiated, but a statewide smoking ban is not among them.

"A lot of things are complicated. This is not," Doyle said.

Local reports show that Appleton, Wisconsin's strong smokefree law has been a huge success. Not only has the local smokefree ordinance provided for health improvements among bartenders and residents, but Appleton businesses have experienced economic benefits since the law went into effect as well.

State smoking ban gets a boost; tourism groups join effort to end habit at all workplaces
Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent, 2007-04-19
Ben Jones P-C Madison bureau chief

Intro:

The effort to enact a statewide smoking ban got a major boost Wednesday as organizations representing the state's influential tourism industry signed on as supporters.

"It's very big news," said Maureen Busalacchi, executive director for Smoke Free Wisconsin, a group that backs the ban. "We have not seen this strong of a coalition on the business side of this issue, I don't think, across the country."

Lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would create a statewide ban on smoking in workplaces, including restaurants and taverns. The bill would make the strict policies already in effect in Appleton and Madison the law statewide.

Study Finds Appleton and Madison Smokefree Ordinances Associated with Significant Improvements in Employee Health
Could Lead to Improvements in Health for Thousands More, if Adopted Statewide

For Release: April 16, 2007

For More Information:
Dr. Karen Palmersheim: 608-516-6063
Dr. Patrick Remington: 608-217-2644

A study relevant to the state and national debate on smokefree public places found that after one year of working in a smokefree environment, non-smoking bartenders reported significant improvements in their respiratory health. The study focuses on more than 400 non-smoking bartenders studied before ordinances were implemented in Madison and Appleton, and another 400 studied after the ordinances. Authors of the study suggest that having smokefree bars statewide could lead to fewer significant respiratory symptoms for thousands of bar employees that are currently exposed to high levels of tobacco smoke.

"This study found that bartenders experienced significantly fewer upper respiratory symptoms after the establishment of the smokefree ordinances - including shortness of breath and wheezing. These findings reinforce those of a previously reported study. The advantages of the current study are that it included a much larger group of bartenders, and involved a longer follow-up period," said study lead author, Dr. Karen Palmersheim, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin's Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center.

In addition to the bar employees and patrons in the newly smokefree bars in Appleton and Madison, the study suggests that thousands of bar employees in the state could have improved respiratory health if smokefree bars were uniform throughout the state. Study co-author, Dr. Patrick Remington, Associate Director of the Carbone Cancer Center, noted, "There are about 23,000 bartenders in the state. Most do not actively smoke, but involuntarily smoke due to their employment. While some of the health symptoms reported may not appear to be serious such as coughing or excess phlegm production, these symptoms can be significant early warning signs of serious illnesses unless exposure to secondhand smoke is eliminated."

The overall study involved more than 1,500 bartenders in the two cities where the comprehensive smoking ordinances were enacted in July, 2005. Study participants were divided into two groups - smokers and non-smokers. Approximately 55% of the bartenders reported that they did not smoke.

Other findings, in addition to the clear improvements in health among non-smoking bartenders, were that even the bartenders that smoked reported significant improvements in health including a reduction in irritated eyes and sore, scratchy throat. Further, the researchers found that, in addition to the elimination of smoke in their working environment, bartenders reported a significant reduction in secondhand smoke in their home environment.

To read the complete report: http://www.medsch.wisc.edu/mep/

Survey finds majority of Wisconsin residents support smoking ban
Associated Press, 2007-02-26

Nearly two-thirds of Wisconsin residents support a statewide ban on smoking in all bars, restaurants and work places, according to a survey released Monday that was sponsored by groups backing the ban.

The random telephone survey of 500 residents conducted Feb. 17 through Feb. 19 found that 64 percent favor a proposal offered by Gov. Jim Doyle to ban smoking statewide. Thirty four percent of respondents oppose it, according to the survey.

The poll also found that support cuts across party lines, with 73 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of Republicans favoring such a ban.

Supporters Celebrate Madison Smoking Ban's Anniversary
Channel 3000/WISC-TV Ch. 3, July 1, 2006

One year after the Madison smoking ban took effect, supporters gathered Friday night to celebrate the milestone.

Dane County's Smoke-Free Coalition said that after a year of heated debate it is time those for and against the smoking ban come together, for a least a chance at compromise, if not a celebration.

Politicians at local level take strong stand against smoking
Marshfield (WI) News-Herald, June 26, 2006

A majority of Wisconsin's municipalities have written policies banning smoking in their government buildings, according to research from the University of Wisconsin -- Comprehensive Cancer Center. The findings are published in a report, Written Smoke-Free Policies in Wisconsin County and Municipal Buildings. The report contains analyses of written smoke-free policies in all of Wisconsin's county, city, village, and town buildings.

At least 78 percent of counties, 71 percent of cities and 54 percent of villages across Wisconsin have written policies banning smoking in the buildings that they own or lease. The southeast corner of the state has the highest percentage of smoking bans in government buildings in place.


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