3rd Anniversary of Smoke-Free Workplace Law
NBC26 News Team
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GREEN BAY - It's been three years since Wisconsin first went smoke-free.
Many bars and restaurants were initially concerned about a drop in revenue due to the Smoke-Free Workplace Law. But according to the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, sales have increased by four percent between 2011 and 2012.
At Stadium View in Green Bay, owners say the smoking ban hasn't been too bad for business.
"The good thing is that we've been able to recoup some of what we lost with our beer garden that we have outside. People can smoke out there, it doesn't get too smoky like it would have in the sports bars," said Stadium View general manager Amanda Watson.
Less than one percent of Wisconsin businesses have been cited for failing to comply with the law.