July 1 marked the beginning of Madison's smoking ban and with no violations it looks like the police stayed away.
Since the weekend, Madison's Public Health Department has inspected a third of the city's establishments and found no violations of the ordinance. In finding no violations, there was no need for strict enforcement.
Bar owners, along with the public have been educated on the rules for weeks and it seems to be working.
Madison's mayor, Dave Cieslewicz, says, "Our goal is to get compliance voluntarily both on behalf of the public and bar owners and the early indications are is that's working."
To keep Madison Police away from establishments, the Mayor said it's important for bar owners to encourage their patrons not to smoke.