Thursday, April 19, 2007

Smoke-Free Wisconsin?

by Tom Bozzo

Huzzah, a statewide ban on smoking in public places has been introduced in the legislature with bipartisan (and geographically diverse) sponsorship and support of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, various state tourism associations, and the usual groups who actually care about peoples' health. Among groups that don't, the Appleton Post-Crescent notes that the Restuarant Association's move leaves the staunchly opposed Tavern League of Wisconsin holding the bag. Shucks. No comment there or in the Cap Times from the other perennial candidate for Least Public-Spirited Lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, though their "strategies for a tobacco-free workplace" page would not seem to offer much hope to the TLW.

Meanwhile, a smoke-free fish fry in Poynette might happen in our lifetimes...

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Having the Wisconsin Restaurant Association's support has been HUGE to our effort to get Wisconsin to become the next smoke-free state. And they're right about no exceptions for taverns too - this is about the health of ALL Wisconsin workers!
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