An informal coalition of concerned doctors gathers to show support for the city of Madison's smoking ban.
Today Wisconsin's Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention hosted a news conference to illustrate the dangers of second–hand smoke.
More than 125 local physicians joined the debate regarding the controversial city ordinance, as they explained the increased risk of cancer, and other ailments, when former and non–smokers are exposed to cigarette smoke.
“An eight–hour shift has been shown to expose workers to the equivalent of about 15 cigarettes,” says Dr. Michael Fiore. “Almost a pack a day, just working an 8 hour shift, and we know that that translates into health risks.”
Doctor Fiore says smoking bans similar to Madison's have been successfully enacted in 185 communities nationwide.