Madison's mayor is addressing concerns about the city's smoking ban.
As we first told you, businesses we spoke with say they have seen a sharp drop in business compared to this time last year, and they say the smoking ban is the reason. After seeing the figures, one alderman says he's now against the ban, and wants to retract it.
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz says the ban is in its beginning stages. "I think we need some time to allow this to shake out before we make any rash judgements. The other point I want to make is this is good for public health. The main reason we did this is as a public health measure."
The Mayor adds that he has received dozens of letters from people who say they appreciate the smoking ban.