Put it out: Statewide smoking ban takes effect today

Wisconsin’s statewide smoking ban went into effect today. This law bans smoking in all restaurants and bars, retail businesses and public places. While this new law may be inconvenient to those who smoke, it serves to protect others from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Did you know that every year secondhand smoke:

  • Causes 3,400 lung cancer deaths in nonsmoking adults?
  • Can be blamed for 46,000 deaths from heart disease in nonsmokers who live with smokers?
  • Causes other breathing problems in nonsmokers including coughing, chest discomfort and reduced lung function?
  • Increases the frequency and severity of asthma attacks in 200,000 to 1 million children who have asthma?
  • Causes more than 750,000 ear infections in children?

Now that Wisconsin is smoke free in public places, the best gift you can give your family is to make sure your home is smoke free, too.

Quit smoking now. Do it for your family. Do it for yourself.

-Mary Ellen Freeman, MSN, APNP, Pulmonary Clinic

For more information on the effects of smoking and secondhand smoke, especially on children and teens, visit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. For more information on Wisconsin’s Statewide Smoke‐free Air Law, visit smokefreewi.org.

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