Marshfield Overwhelmingly Passes Smoking Ban

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- Marshfield is the latest place in Wisconsin to ban smoking.

Tuesday voters overwhelmingly passed a referendum banning indoor smoking in public places, including bars and taverns.

The ordinance, set to become law within 30 days, passed by nearly 4,200 votes to 2,500 Tuesday.

Marshfield is the sixth Wisconsin community to prohibit public smoking.

It now joins Madison, Appleton, Eau Claire, the Milwaukee suburb of Shorewood and the Madison suburb of Shorewood Hills.

Eau Claire's ban takes effect in July.

Supporters of the smoking ban in Marshfield say the vote sends a clear message.

Breathe Free Marshfield president Dave Wille says he hopes state legislators realize constituents want these bans.

But critics like Tom Cooper, president of Be Fair Marshfield, says these moves are a step toward a "socialist-run state."

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