Saturday, December 25, 2010

Help Keep Wisconsin Smoke-free This Holiday!

It’s already December and winter seems to have suddenly moved in. We’ve had plenty of snowfall and temperatures are staying low enough to keep hats on our heads and our hands tucked in mittens. With the winter weather comes a special time of year and you can already feel the excitement that lingers in the air for the upcoming holidays. It’s cookie baking, ornament making, hot cocoa tasting time! A time where we snuggle by a fire with our family and friends and recap where the past year has taken us.

This season, as we look back and see where the year has taken SmokeFree Wisconsin, we are grateful for you, our supporters, for all you have helped us accomplish this year, including the implementation of the statewide smoke-free law.

Looking ahead to 2011, we know we may have to fight to keep this hard-won legislation and we’ll need your help to win the battle. Please donate as much as you can today by clicking here.

Here’s a glimpse at the lives the law has already changed in the nearly 6 months since its implementation.

Colleen makes her living working as a server in a bar/restaurant in Milwaukee. For Colleen, just 8 months ago, going to work meant possibly exposing herself and her unborn child to the 7,000 known chemicals and compounds found in second hand smoke. At that time Colleen was pregnant and her place of employment allowed smoking after 10 pm.

 “I dreaded it on those nights because I knew it was going to happen,” said Colleen.  “I’d hide in the kitchen and run out quickly when I had to. I didn’t want second hand smoke for my baby and the smell made me sick. I was pregnant so everything made me sick but the smell was overwhelming.”

This holiday season, she and little baby Connor are delighted the air is finally cleared and she is grateful to live in a state that has her back, looking out for her health each day she goes into work.

“It’s nice to not have to come home from work to the baby smelling like smoke. I feel healthier too. I think everyone’s happy about our smoke-free state.”

So when you look back on 2010 and think of what you’re grateful for, keep Wisconsin’s smoke-free law in mind and donate $50, $75 or $100 today to help SmokeFree Wisconsin fight to keep this life-saving legislation.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Happy holidays from our office to your home.

P.S. SmokeFree Wisconsin is a 501(c)3 organization. Therefore, your donation is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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