Happy New Year! I hope you're off to a great start in making your New Year's resolutions a reality in 2008. I hope you'll join me in making just one more resolution a reality this year, one that will make Wisconsin healthier for all of us --- making Wisconsin smoke free!

After all, we should be able to go out and eat with our families without worrying about our kids and loved ones breathing in other people's smoke.

Next Tuesday, a Senate committee will be voting on a bill that would make all public workplaces in Wisconsin, including bars and restaurants, smoke free.

Take a moment to make this resolution a reality by telling the committee that we want a smoke free Wisconsin by following this link: http://wispirg.org/WI.asp?id=2495&id4=ES

BACKGROUND

Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in America. As US Surgeon General Richard Carmona concluded in a 2006 report, there is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke.

Secondhand smoke contains 69 different chemicals which cause cancer, and nationwide, kills at least 53,000 nonsmokers a year, including 3,000 lung cancer deaths and 35,000 coronary heart disease deaths.

Exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with an increased risk for respiratory infections, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome, lower chronic ear infections, and perinatal death among children, and lung cancer, nasal sinus cancer, heart disease, stroke, cervical cancer and asthma among adults.

Smoke free bars and restaurants ensures that our children and families are not unnecessarily exposed to secondhand smoke and the increased health risks associated with it.

But, it won't be easy - the tobacco companies hate this idea, and unfortunately, the lobbyists for the bar owners are taking their side in the Legislature. We should not let Big Tobacco continue to threaten the health of our children, families, and workers. Instead, Wisconsin should join Illinois, Minnesota, and 20 other states in protecting the health of our families and children by making public workplaces, including bars and restaurants, smoke free.Together, we can achieve this New Year's resolution and improve public health for all Wisconsinites.

Take a moment to make this resolution a reality by telling the committee that we want a smoke free Wisconsin by following this link: http://wispirg.org/WI.asp?id=2495&id4=ES

Sincerely,

Bruce SpeightWISPIRG Advocate
BruceS@wispirg.org
http://www.wispirg.org/

P.S. Thanks again for your support. Please feel free to share this e-mail with your family and friends.

*******UPDATE******
Congratulations! With your help, we've taken a big step forward in making Wisconsin smoke free. Yesterday, a senate committee passed a bill to make all public workplaces smoke free.

Unfortunately, Big Tobacco is starting to flex their muscle. They're trying to make changes to derail this commonsense public health measure by saying that we won't support bars that are smoke free.

What are they talking about? We enjoy our beer in Wisconsin, and we should. We make some of the best. And if you ask me, I'd rather NOT inhale secondhand cigarette smoke when enjoying a nice Wisconsin brew! What about you?

Are you a Beer Drinker for Smoke Free Bars? If so, click here to sign our Beer Drinkers for Smoke Free Bars petition:
http://wispirg.org/WI.asp?id=2510&id4=ES


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