Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Smoke-free Illinois PASSES!!!

Illinois just passed their comprehensive statewide smoke-free bill! Illinois Gov. Blagojevich says he is supportive of the legislation, which covers all workplaces, restaurants, and taverns.
That brings the grand total to 19 states with comprehensive smoke-free legislation.

In other news, the AP published a story this morning with the title, "Doyle says smoking ban without taverns doesn't make sense." I can't for the life of me find the AP story online, but you can read the text reprinted on Madison.com here. Gov. Doyle gave a great speech this morning at the WI Tobacco Control Conference talking about his trifecta approach to combating the burden of tobacco here in Wisconsin, which includes enacting a statewide comprehensive smoke-free law, increasing the cigarette tax by $1.25, and fully funding the state's tobacco control program. He was greeted by thunderous applause and a standing ovation.

The momentum is moving in our favor... let's get out there and work hard!