Wisconsin Needs A Smoking Ban In Workplaces


Smoking in a public place is like peeing in a motel swimming pool.  There just is no reason to do it.  There is also no way to contain the ‘ick’ from the offenders.

It is only proper that Wisconsin take the next step that many individual communities have done, and prohibit smoking in workplaces.  Those of us who live in places like Madison where smoking is not allowed in bars and restaurants fully appreciate the smoking ban.  The dire consequences that so many loudly projected about economic doom and gloom never came to pass.  Instead what we learned  was that those establishments with poor business practices and shaky balance books needed to re-examine the rationale for staying in business.  Blaming the lack of smokers coming to their business may have felt good, but it was not an honest appraisal of why they floundered.

Various states have made the correct decision and decided to place the health of residents over that of the tavern leagues and business organizations who have a more myopic point of view.  It is time that the Wisconsin Legislature keep the train running on the fast track in regards to placing a statewide smoking ban in place.

There is a never a good time to take any action that runs counter to the wishes of the Wisconsin Tavern League.  They will make every effort to delay and modify a tough no-nonsense anti-smoking  bill into a thin watery gruel of meaningless legislation.  It is imperative that the smoke ban proponents not relent or blink.  The state residents are ready for the ban, and it appears that the State Legislature has the backbone to do what is needed.

Lets roll!  (But not a cigarette.)

3 thoughts on “Wisconsin Needs A Smoking Ban In Workplaces

  1. Bob

    Any tax exempt political action committees that calls themselves “charities” that, instead of EDUCATING are now LEGISLATING, by spending huge sums of money to hire lobbyists and lawyers to make laws using GESTAPO tactics using LAW ENFORCEMENT, THREATS, INTIMIDATATION, , and SNITCHING to FORCE people to OBEY their guidelines will get NO DONATIONS from me, Contributions to PACs are NOT tax deductable. All my donations are going to local events and groups that depend on local businesses and bingo halls for their support that the bans are affecting. Here are the groups taking that money away from them, all fed by big pharma through their Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Thank you American Cancer Society. We never knew all you do”. The Little League CEO doesn’t make over a million dollars a year.
    http://charityreports.bbb.org/public/report.aspx?charityid=186

  2. Marion

    We heard the same arguements in Maine about the smoking ban in bars, tavern and restaurents. Oh, we’ll loose business, etc. NEVER HAPPENED! They worried all for nothing. People still came and a different crowd took the smokers place. Even now we are banning smoking on publis beaches and park beaches within so many feet of the water. Kids don’t need to pick up nasty butts on the beaches. It does disturb me though that in these parks one can carry a gun, no problem, but not lite up. Guess they can’t figure out which “smoking gun” kills more.

  3. Marion

    (Editor’s Note….the following comment is in regards to Maine’s attempts to curtail second-hand smoke.)

    The legislation this week on smoking in public places will remove the cigerates from outdoor cafes. No smoking at outdoor restaurents either. Do hope it passes. Smoke filled air, in or out, is damaging to others.

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