A coalition of health groups is strengthening its push to limit tobacco use in Wisconsin.

Smoke Free Wisconsin's Maureen Busalacchi says there's strong public support for a statewide smoking ban, a $1.25 a pack increase in the tobacco tax, and increased funding for smoking prevention.

Smoke Free Wisconsin and several other health groups have been coordinating a statewide campaign to limit tobacco use. But Busalacchi says some lawmakers are still hesitant to support them because of a very vocal minority that believes those measures are bad for business.

The health groups are urging the public to tell lawmakers they want anti-tobacco measures to move forward. Busalacchi says it's the only way to compete with being outspent 2-to-1 by big tobacco.

Busalacchi says public perceptions are changing, and lawmakers can't ignore anti-smoking efforts anymore. 

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (MP3 1:08)

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