Area Health Departments are celebrating the anniversary of the smoke-free workplace law which went into effect three years ago today.
According to the Lincoln County Health department, Wisconsin’s workers are healthier, and Lincoln County residents are able to enjoy a night out with family and friends without risking exposure to secondhand smoke.
The law intended to reduce the exposure of second hand smoke has also seen the added health benefit of reducing that exposure in the home.
Statistics show that since the law took effect, secondhand smoke exposure inside the home has fallen from 13% to 7%, and smoke free homes are also increasing.
Health department officials also point out that fewer kids are smoking. Since 2010, high school smoking has dropped 26% and middle school smoking fell 36%.
Officials from the health department say, “Judging from three short years, it’s clear that the smoke-free law’s public health impact will only continue to grow in the years ahead. Simply put, Wisconsin is better—and far healthier—smoke-free.”