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10 years since Wisconsin’s smoke-free indoor law took effect

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MADISON, WI-- July 5 marked the 10 year anniversary of Wisconsin's smoke-free law for indoor restaurants and bars.

According to the American Lung Association, about 20 percent of adults and 21 percent of high school students in the state of Wisconsin smoked when this law was passed.

A decade later, those numbers have since dropped to 16 percent of adults and 5 percent of high school students who smoke.

Pat McKone with the American Lung Association says the fight against smoking isn't over, as e-cigarettes are the next battle.

"We all want a better situation for our kids and our grandkids, and that they have to make a decision about do I work at a workplace that has smoking or not. We should not have to compromise our health for a job," Said McKone.

As for Minnesota, it passed an indoor smoke-free law in 2007.

Last year an e-cigarette use was added to the law.

Wisconsin still has not added e-cigs to its smoke-free law.

Kaitlyn Moffett

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