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Wisconsin smoking ban now three years old

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Wisconsin's smoke-free workplace law went into effect three years ago.

At the time, many bars and restaurants raised concerns that it would drive customers away.

But health advocates say just the opposite has happened.

"9 out of 10 people now say they go out to eat and for entertainment because they like the clean air, says Judy Burrows of the Marathon County Health Department.

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association reports a 6% sales increase for bars and restaurants since the law went into effect.

Some bars added outdoor smoking areas so their smoking customers would have shelter from the elements.

The Marathon County Health Department has a number of smoke-free initiatives it is working on promoting.

www.centralwitobaccofreeorg.

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