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Third Anniversary Of Statewide Smoke-Free Air Law
Friday, July 5th, 2013 -- 10:20 am
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director

Today marks the third anniversary of the statewide smoke-free air law and Wisconsin workers and businesses continue to thrive.

According to the Wisconsin Restaurant Association and state tax data, bar and restaurant sales receipts increased from 2011 to 2012 by nearly 4 percent. This follows a 2 percent increase in the year immediately following the law’s 2010 implementation.

Maureen Busalacchi, executive director of Health First Wisconsin, home to SmokeFree Wisconsin said “The smoke-free law is a win-win. We’ve known all along it improves the health of Wisconsin workers and the public, but after three years it’s apparent the law is also working for business.” She said “We look forward to many more years celebrating the smoke-free air law and celebrating all the benefits it will continue to bring to our state.”

A 2011 survey showed that ninety percent of Wisconsinites go out the same or more often now that restaurants and bars are smoke-free. Less than 1 percent of businesses in Wisconsin have had compliance issues with the smoke-free air law.

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