Health Notes: Wisconsin's smoke-free law studiedWisconsin’s smoke-free law has had far-reaching effects, according to a study reported this week in the Wisconsin Medical Journal.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Wisconsin’s smoke-free law has had far-reaching effects, according to a study reported this week in the Wisconsin Medical Journal.
The study, conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, was touted in a news release from the American Cancer Society’s Wisconsin branch. The researchers used data from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin from 2008-10 to compare the behavior of those surveyed before and after July 5, 2010, when the state’s smoke-free law went into effect.
From the survey, the researchers concluded that the law:
But tobacco is still the primary cause of preventable death in Wisconsin, the news release said. It is associated with nearly 8,000 deaths annually and costs the state $4.5 billion in health-care costs and lost productivity each year.