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Countdown to smoke-free workplaces begins

Publication Date: 2010-05-07
  • Publication:Green Bay Press-Gazette

Thursday began a campaign to count down the 60 days until Wisconsin workplaces are smoke free.

The law's upcoming start date was marked with events throughout the state, including one hosted at The Bar on Holmgren Way in Ashwaubenon, which eliminated indoor smoking in January. Owner Joe Zehren says the experience has been positive.

"Going smoke-free was a big change for us, but it's been a change for the better," he said in a statement issued by the American Cancer Society. "Workers and patrons are enjoying a healthier environment. I think going smoke-free will be a very positive experience statewide and we'll wonder why we didn't do it sooner."

Under the new law, there is no smoking allowed in bars, restaurants, private clubs or other workplaces beginning July 5. Smoking is permitted on outdoor patios, private residences, tobacco retailers, tobacco bars and certain residence rooms in assisted living facilities.