Archive for October, 2010

So, what DOES a musical grocery store look like?

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Musical Grocery Store supports Breathe the Music? You bet your blue jackalope they do! from Paula Warlick on Vimeo.

Scott Smith, proprietor of Tulsa’s only musical grocery store/coffee shop, tells us why he supports Musicians for Smoke-free Oklahoma/Breathe the Music.

Everybody (including blue jackalopes) have the right to breathe smoke-free air – no matter where they work!!!!

The Blue Jackalope is a place well worth visiting and we had one the best cups of coffee that we had drank in quite a long time. To find out more about this great place and see our “Breathe” sticker on their door (look hard to find it – lots of great stickers on that door!) – go to:

To find out more about Breathe the Music go to:

Meet Matt, a Local Musician for Local Rights!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Meet Matt Stansberry.  Matt is an amazing musician in Oklahoma.  He performs all around the state and has quite a following across the country.  He has even toured in Europe. (including Ireland, which IS smoke-free!)

Matt is a husband, a father of two beautiful girls and a longtime suffer of asthma.  Playing in a smoking venue is NOT an option for him, but sometimes  he has to choose between his health and a paycheck.  He isn’t alone in Oklahoma.  There are thousands of employees across the state that have to make this decision everyday. 

What would it take for Oklahoma to become smoke-free?  One way is for cities/communities to have LOCAL RIGHTS restored.  Since the 8o’s, Big Tobacco and some of their friends have made it impossible for our State to become smoke-free, but the tide is turning.  

We can’t get there without YOUR help. 

Join our facebook fanpage, sign our statewide petition and then tell your friends to do the same!  You can even share this post with your friends on facebook, twitter, etc……  We can’t do this alone.

Matt and other musicians, bartenders, hostesses, and thousands of other workers in Oklahoma deserve better.

Nobody should have to choose between their health and a paycheck – no matter where they work.

Secondhand Smoke STOPS with Byron Berline! Breathe the Music

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Fly the Smoke-free Skies!

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

There was once a time when airline employees had to breathe secondhand smoke. When they got together and demanded a smoke-free workplace, it changed. We CAN do the same in Oklahoma!  Sign our Breathe the Music petition!

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Musical Grocery Store? Yeah, you heard me right!

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Ever been to a musical grocery store?  We have and that is where we found our newest supporter of Breathe the Music!

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Luchadors support Breathe the Music. Do you?

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

One of Tulsa’s newest places to hear great live music is Elote’.  Libby Auld tells us how much musicians tell her that they appreciate having a new venue that doesn’t have smoking.  We agree and feel that ALL workplaces should be smoke-free.  In the meantime, we hope that you go check out some of Oklahoma’ great local talent at this locally owned establishment that does care about the health of musicians.

Luchadors and Libby support Musicians for Smoke-free Oklahoma from Paula Warlick on Vimeo.

Everybody has the right to breathe smoke-free air – no matter where they work.

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Praise the Lord and Pass the Gas Mask

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Secondhand Smoke for Second Class Employees?

Everybody has the right to breathe smoke-free air, no matter where they work.  Current Oklahoma law has created a group of second class employees.  It has also created an uneven playing field for business owners who want to do the right thing, but have their hands tied.  Caught in the middle are employees across the state – bartenders, hostesses, cocktail waitresses, musicians and others who have to choose between their health and a paycheck. 

Secondhand smoke is not a nuisance – it is a real health hazard.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified secondhand smoke as a Group A carcinogen, a substance which is known to cause human cancer.

Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 substances, more than 60 of which are known or suspected to cause cancer.  Some of the deadly substances in secondhand smoke and the cancers they cause are:

  • Arsenic, benzo(a)pyrene, cadmium, chromium, nickel, and NNK = lung cancer
  • Nitrosamines = cancers of the lung, respiratory system, and other organs
  • Armoatic amines = bladder and breast cancers
  • Formaldehyde and nickel = nasal cancer
  • Benzene = leukemia
  • Vinyl chloride = liver and brain cancer
  • 2-napthalymine and 4-aminobiphenyl = bladder cancer
  • Lead = liver cancer

Three of the above carcinogens — arsenic, benzene, and vinyl chloride — are regulated in the United States as hazardous air pollutants.  Two of the bladder carcinogens — 2-napthalymine and 4-aminobiphenyl are banned for use in dye manufacturing. 

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Psst…..those rooms don’t work!

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

There are so many great musicians playing in Oklahoma.  There is NOTHING like a great live show and there are many to see around the state.  Blues, bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock, the list goes on.  Oklahoma has a lot to offer and world class talent.

I got a call the other day from a musician and supporter of Musicians for Smoke-free Oklahoma/Breathe the Music.  He can’t and won’t (if can help it) play in smoky bars.  He was telling me all about a certain place (we won’t name it here) that is smoke-free.  “Well, they have the smokers in their own separate room!”

As much as one would think that a separately ventilated room keeps everyone else who chooses not to smoke protected – it doesn’t?   “What?”  ”I walk in and I don’t smell ALL of that smoke.”

Just as much as I hated to break it to him and now you, separate ventilation doesn’t  work.  They might keep some of the “smell” at bay or even mask the smell – it simply DOES NOT WORK!  Studies have been done and one right here in Oklahoma.

Nobody, a musician, your family and definately other employees are not protected from the hazards of secondhand smoke.  Not to mention, someone has to clean that room.

The only safe workplace for musicians, bartenders, wait staff and patrons is one that is 100% smoke-free.

Everybody has the right to breathe smoke-free air, no matter where they work.

For more information regarding separate ventilation and how it does not work, please go to the following links:

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights
Don’t Buy the Ventilation Lie
Tobacco Smoke Pollution in Oklahoma Workplaces