Friday, December 21, 2007

Milwaukee County Board Approves 30 ft. Smoke-free Radius!

Yesterday, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors took a big step in protecting the health of Wisconsinites. They voted 16-3 to strengthen the county's smoke-free policy. The changes eliminate smoking rooms at the Milwaukee County Courthouse and stop people from smoking within 30 feet of all entrances and exits to county buildings. More than that, the change includes General Mitchell Field, Milwaukee's International Airport! This policy change not only protects county employees and Milwaukee County citizens who use the courthouse and other county building from the dangers of secondhand smoke, but also, it shelters all travelers through Wisconsin's largest airport from breathing in dangerous air.

County Executive Scott Walker, who proposed these changes, signed them into law this morning, and they will take effect immediately! That means those of us traveling in and out of Mitchell this holiday season will reap the benefits.

For more information on the policy change or to see how each supervisor voted, click here.

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