Thursday, March 6, 2008

Over 1,000 rally with Lance Armstrong in support of smoke-free air

Cancer survivor, advocate, and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong joined more than a thousand tobacco-free activists from all over the state to highlight the need for smoke-free air in Wisconsin. "The fight against cancer doesn't care if you're a Republican or you're a Democrat, or if you're white or if you're African American, or if you're rich or you're poor, or you're young or you're old," Armstrong said. The crowd really reflected his statement - people from all corners of Wisconsin were there to show their support for the Breathe Free Wisconsin Act.

"For me as a visitor and a cancer survivor, people say this is about their personal right, and you absolutely have a right to smoke a cigarette when you're alone," said Armstrong. "But when you do it in a public place you're violating someone else's rights, and the government should intervene." Hundreds of attendees at the rally also took advantage of their time in Madison to meet with their legislators to talk about the importance of the Breathe Free Wisconsin Act.

Read the Lance Armstrong Foundation's (our newest coalition partner) reaction to the day on the LIVESTRONG blog here.

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