Local Communities Still After Their Own Smoking Bans

By: Justin Ware Email
By: Justin Ware Email

The governor's proposal for a smoking ban would take cigarettes out of every bar and restaurant in the state.

But that's still not stopping some local communities from trying to pass smoking bans, that local leaders say could be even tougher than the governor's proposal.

Some Fitchburg leaders say they want to make sure cigarettes are not allowed in any public places.

As it stands, Governor Doyle's proposed smoking ban would take cigarettes .. and all other smoking devices .. out of virtually every public place in the state.

But some Fitchburg leaders say they're worried that proposal could change.

Fitchburg council member Steve Arnold has been pushing hard for a comprehensive smoking ban for almost a year now.

And he expects the Fitchburg city council to vote on a ban in the next four weeks.

Arnold says he's worried the state's lawmakers won't be able to work together and get an all-out ban passed and he wants Fitchburg to serve as an example to those lawmakers, that a lot of Wisconsin communities want to get rid of indoor smoking.

"The best way that we can tell the legislature that we want a strong smoking ban in Wisconsin state-wide, is by passing local ordinance after local ordinance," said Arnold.

The Fitchburg smoking ban is by no means a done deal.

There are alders other than Arnold who want to see it pass, but it still has to make its way through several committees before the full council votes on it.

Arnold says he expects that to happen four weeks from now if everything goes as planned.

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