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This month marks 10 years since Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Indoor Air Law began, prohibiting smoking in enclosed public spaces.

Locally, Jenny Chiamulera is a community health specialist for Oneida county and leads the Northwoods Tobacco Free Coalition. She says the law has been around long enough to have some data on it's impact...

"According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, in 2008, before the smoke-free air law passed, 21 percent of high school youth smoked cigarettes. By 2018, 8 years after the law went into effect, that rate has dropped to 5 percent..."

While the numbers of people still smoking has dropped below one in five adults, smoking continues to contribute in a major way to health-related concerns for U.S. health. Thursday(11/15/18) is the 43rd annual Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

The idea is if you can quit for today, you might continue to stop smoking altogether.

Rhinelander native Kim Kinner is a spokesperson for the Wisconsin chapter. She says each year the event raises awareness to a smoke-free and healthier lifestyle...

More Wisconsinites Demanding Smoke-Free Housing

Jun 30, 2017
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Wisconsin News Connection is here.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - According to the American Lung Association, more than 80 percent of Wisconsinites have a no-smoking policy inside their homes, and increasingly, renters are demanding smoke-free buildings. Next week marks the 7th anniversary of Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Air Law, which was aimed at protecting non-smokers from exposure to secondhand smoke. Health experts say there is no safe level of secondhand smoke.

Quit Smoking for Smoke Out Day

Nov 20, 2013
Thomas Leuthard

Quit smoking for a day, and see if you can stick with it.  

That’s the message from the American Cancer Society for the Great American Smoke Out Thursday.  On this day the organization encourages smokers nationwide to quit the habit for a single day…or use it to jump start their plans to quit permanently.

Spokeswoman Diane Hapka in Lake Tomahawk says it’s not easy. 

“It is very difficult for people to quit.  But it is something that we try to have people do at least for that one day.”