Local organization recognizes ten years of smoke-free restaurants, bars, hotels

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) – It’s hard to believe, but only a decade ago you could walk into some public buildings and be welcomed by a plume of cigarette smoke.

This week marks ten years that workplaces in Wisconsin were required to be smoke-free.

That includes bars, restaurants, and hotels.

The La Crosse Area Health Initiative is marking the milestone by distributing information about what has changed since 2010.

The group is met with community members at the Holmen Festival Foods Farmer’s Market on Wednesday.

They say this accomplishment wouldn’t be possible without people advocating for change.

“It’s important to remember how the community came together and advocated and educated each other about the dangers of not just the impact it has on our bodies, but how cigarette smoke and second-hand smoke impacts all of us,” said Judi Zabel, Health Educator.

The La Crosse Area Health Initiative will also be at the Farmer’s Market at Onalaska’s Festival Foods on Sunday from 8 am-11-am