After a lot of hard work, we finally made it! On Monday, July 5, 2010, we will be a smoke-free Wisconsin!

The long wait for Wisconsin to join the 27 other states that have gone smoke-free is just around the corner.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has been supporting SmokeFree Wisconsin since the beginning. We know that making Wisconsin smoke free can make a positive difference for our kids.

About 90 percent of new smokers are children and teenagers. Each day, more than 6,000 children younger than 18 smoke their first cigarette, and about half of them will become regular smokers.

Let’s stop this trend. Join SmokeFree Wisconsin Thursday, May 6, as they begin a 60-day countdown to clean air with kickoff events across the state. Click here to RSVP.

Can’t attend but want to help someone you know addicted to cigarettes? Contact the American Lung Association at (800) 548-8252 or the Wisconsin Tobacco QuitLine at (800) QUIT NOW. Or, visit for more information on SmokeFree Wisconsin.

Say hello to clean air!

-Jennifer Mance, Community Relations and Public Policy Advocate

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