Study finds fewer Wisconsin residents exposed to secondhand smoke

By KBJR News 1

Study finds fewer Wisconsin residents exposed to secondhand smoke

August 27, 2012 Updated Aug 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM CST

Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -- A study found that the Smoke-Free Air Law is improving health at home and at work.

A report released in the Wisconsin Medical Journal shows the exposure to secondhand smoke has declined significantly since the Smoke-Free Air Law went into effect in July 2010.

The study, conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Heath, found that there was a significant decreases in exposure to smoke inside the home, outside the home, and at work.

It also showed that since the law went into effect, residents are more likely to establish no-smoking policies in their households.

The report shows that since the Law went into effect:

-The percentage of residents exposed to smoke outside the home declined from 55% to 32%.
-The percentage of residents exposed to smoke at home declined from 13% to 7%.
-The percentage of residents with no-smoking policies in their households rose from 74% to 80%.

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