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Wisconsin bars see improved air quality after smoking ban

Some people may be nostalgic about smoking in bars and restaurants, but there's no denying the substantial health benefits of having clean air in public establishments.

The Department of Health Services and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center evaluated the air quality at 200 bars and restaurants both before and after the smoking ban was enacted nearly five months ago, finding that air quality jumped up by as much as 92 percent, reports WISC Madison.

According to the news source, 21 percent of all establishments statewide had harmful levels of airborne toxins before the ban.

"I'm glad that customers and employees are now breathing easier in Wisconsin's bars and restaurants," Department of Human Services secretary Karen Timberlak told the news source.

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