As a nursing student, I am very concerned with the exposure of secondhand smoking that continues to affect a huge part of our community despite the inaction and enforcement of the Wisconsin’s statewide smoke-free air law.
This law is mainly enforced by fining anyone found smoking or facilitating the act in public areas, places of employment and enclosed areas.
Although the people in Wisconsin can attest to the improvement in the air quality in our workplaces or restaurants since this law was passed, most of us are still suffocating in fumes from secondhand smoke in our residences.
There are still many rental properties that allow individuals to smoke in their apartments and this poses a health hazard to any nonsmokers, especially children.
That has drawn concerns from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
I urge all residential owners to help protect and promote the air quality on their properties by enforcing the smoke-free law or designating a safe and distant area for smoking.