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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

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.

Do YOU have to choose between your health and a paycheck?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

 

(If you are a musician in Oklahoma, you do.)

Meet Jesse.  Jesse is a musician in Oklahoma.  A non-smoking musician who breathes in enough secondhand smoke during a performance to make him a pack-and-a-half pack a day smoker.

We think that that there is something wrong with this picture – but some in Oklahoma do not feel the same.  They tell Jesse and other talented, hard working musicians in Oklahoma that they “can go and get a job someplace else.”

Follow us on facebook and find out how you and your friends can help other musicans and music lovers be able to Breathe the Music.

Nobody should have to choose between their health and a paycheck!