Sen. Judy Robson (D-Beloit) asked Governor Doyle in a letter released today to include a statewide smoke-free law in his biannual budget proposal. Robson said SeniorCare was passed as a part of the budget and cited the urgency of the issue of smoke-free air.
"Clearly the people of Wisconsin are ready for the state to enact an effective ban on indoor smoking," Robson said. "They understand its value and expect their leaders to respond."
In the letter to Doyle, Robson highlighted the fact that 69 percent of Wisconsin residents favor a smoking ban. Other arguments in the letter include:
- Half of the states in the country prohibit smoking in workplaces, including bars and restaurants
- secondhand smoke causes many of the same diseases as the smoke inhaled by the smoker