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More reasons to welcome the smoking ban

Publication Date: 2010-06-14
  • Author:Corrine Hess
  • Publication:Business Journal

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.

Besides killing us, smoking-related health care costs totaled $300 million in Milwaukee in 2007, or $498 per person. These costs include prescription drugs, ambulatory care and care in nursing homes and hospitals.

The cost of productivity lost in Milwaukee from 2003-07 due to smoking such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer totaled $174 million, according to the report.

Wisconsin's smoke-free workplace law goes into effect July 5, prohibiting smoking in all workplaces, including all bars, restaurants, bowling centers and hotels.