LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Friday, July 5 marks the third anniversary of Wisconsin's smoke-free workplace law.

Local health experts say there's been in incredible impact since it took effect.

The statewide ban prohibited smoking in places, like government buildings, bars, hotels, day cares, and many more.

Local health educators say this policy along with placing cigarettes out of reach of kids and the cigarette tax is cutting down on smoking, especially for our youth.

"We've seen a definite decrease in youth smoking rates, I think from 17% in the early 2000's to 13% of the under 18 population smokes, and if you look at middle school it's even lower than that," said Paula Silha, La Crosse County health educator.

Silha says tobacco continues to be the number one cause of preventable death and disease.