Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dane County votes for smoke-free ordinance for unincorporatd towns

On a 21-14 vote, the Dane County Board of Supervisors voted for a smoke-free ordinance that covers all restaurants, bars, and workplaces.  This is the first time a county in Wisconsin has passed a strong smoke-free workplace policy (La Crosse County passed an ordinance a few years ago that covers some restaurants).

Bars and restaurants in Dane County's towns will be covered by the ordinance, but cities and villages that don't already have a policy in place are not under the county's regulatory authority.

Congratulations Dane County, and hopefully Dane County's cities and villages will also begin or continue their own public conversations about smoke-free policy.

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