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New Year’s Resolution, #1 & #7 and the Need to Restore Local Rights in Oklahoma

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Being in the Top Ten and more importantly being #1 is something that all Oklahomans strive for.  We can’t help it.  It is best described as a cradle to grave need to be #1.  Sometimes #1 will take us quicker to the grave than necessary, especially in relation to smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. 

Today a study was released by The Daily Beast naming the top 30 cities with smoking problems.  Oklahoma has secured two positions on their list even making their Top Ten out of 30.  Tulsa comes in at #1 and Oklahoma City follows at #7.  Even with the U.S. smoking rate declining, Oklahoma still finds it hard to quit this deadly habit or even admit that we have a serious problem.  Lots of smokers translates into LOTS of secondhand smoke, especially in a musician’s, bartender’s and other employee’s workplaces. 

What Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and other cities and towns across Oklahoma don’t have is the ability or right to go smoke-free.  Even if Tulsa and Oklahoma City wanted to go smoke-free, currently they can’t pass a smoke-free ordinance.  This year all of that could change if a bill that is being introduced this session by Representative Kris Steele gets passed.  It will restore local rights back to communities across the state giving them the ability to become smoke-free and that is a start from where we are right now. 

When a city becomes smoke-free, it is easier for smokers to quit and more importantly EVERYONE in that city will have a smoke-free workplace.  Everybody as the right to breathe smoke-free air, no matter where they work!

What is your New Year’s resolution this year?  Restoring local rights and working on getting musician’s (and all Oklahoman’s) workplaces smoke-free is our top resolution.  Is it yours?  Take time to sign our petition, follow us on facebook and twitter.  Get involved and get us out of the one TOP TEN we do NOT want to be in anymore. 

Sincerely,

Paula James Warlick
Musicians for Smoke-free Oklahoma