Wisconsin lawmaker rightly calls "warnings about the dangers of secondhand smoke “hogwash”Clearing the Air's letter of support to Senator Breske follows:
I read about your comments in the Senate regarding the proposed smoking ban:
A former bar owner and ex-president of the Tavern League of Wisconsin, Breske called warnings about the dangers of secondhand smoke "hogwash."
Breske said he started working in a bar when he was a child, and the air in that bar was "blue" from the smoke. "I'm still alive," Breske said. "I'm 69."
To help prove your point you may be interested in air quality testing of secondhand smoke conducted by such names as Johns Hopkins, American Cancer Society, a Minnesota environmental health department, and various researchers whose testing and report was peer reviewed and published in the esteemed British Medical Journal......of course all these groups originally conducted these tests to prove how "hazardous" secondhand smoke is in the workplace.....however, in fact the air quality testing proves that secondhand smoke is 2.6 - 25,000 times SAFER than occupational (OSHA) workplace regulations:
Additionally, there is a more urgent reason to oppose such anti-business legislation, here in the Twin Cities, smoking bans have closed down 155+ bars and restaurants eliminating thousands of jobs. As a frame of reference, in 2004 the last year without a ban, only 14 closed:
Around the country smoking bans have eliminated 1,000+ establishments
Can anyone doubt that smoking bans are fueled by inaccurate and exaggerated data, and more importantly have contributed to the economic downturn we now experience.
If it saves just one state from making a political blunder......it's worth it.