Posts Tagged ‘Musicians Smoke-free’

(Part 1 – Dear John) I thought you loved me?

Monday, March 19th, 2012

I thought you said you loved me?

Dear John,

I am writing to tell you that I am breaking up.  I thought that you said you loved me?  Or more like you loved local rights and standing up for governments closest to the people – but that is what made me fall for you and support you when you ran for office.  That is what you said when you came to my front door.  Remember?  You were running for office.  You even mentioned it  in your campaign materials.

Then, I found out about this letter that you received from someone you have been seeing behind my back.  Someone who says “…control of those items that are for the greater good of citizens.”  Isn’t returning local rights regarding smoke-free for the greater good?

But I was heartbroken and really rather furious to hear them refer to me as “…whims of local citizenry.”  I was hurt.  I asked you about it and you told me that, I was not capable of making these kind of decisions and neither were my city council or my mayor.

I’m thinking that Sunday’s Tulsa World is right and that this “love fest” needs to end.  25 years is too long.  I WANT local rights returned.  Just like you promised me when you ran for office.  You can’t have it both ways.  You need to choose who elected you or who keeps sending you letters, giving you contributions and taking you to dinner.  I mean – they don’t even live in your district.

- Oklahoma Voter

PS – The Tulsa World also published excerpts of other letters:

“Our record in defeating state smoking restrictions has been reasonably good. Unfortunately, our record with respect to local measures…has been somewhat less encouraging.” – Raymond Pritchard, Brown and Williamson, US Tobacco & Candy Journal, July 17, 1986.

“But above all, we intend to resist, at all costs, any attempt by anti-tobacco forces to repeal the state’s preemption of local smoking regulation.” – Memorandum from Stan Bowman, Tobacco Institute, regarding “Oklahoma 1991 Legislative program,” Nov. 18, 1990.

“We could never win at the local level … So the Tobacco Institute and tobacco companies’ first priority has always been to preempt the field…” – Victor L. Crawford, former Tobacco Institute lobbyist, Journal of the American Medical Association, July 19, 1995.

It is time we catch up!

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Imagine that this is what you saw when you came into our State?  You were a potential business wanting to locate in Oklahoma.   A visitor.  A band on tour……you get the picture.

We don’t really have this sign, but we might as well!  Think that people don’t look at our health statistics (#1 Smokiest City in the Nation is Tulsa.  OKC is #6), 48 our of 50, etc?  Think again – because they do.  We hear about it all of the time.

Oklahoma should have the chance to compete for regional jobs – but we are losing these jobs to neighboring states/cities…..because they are smoke-free.  (look for future post on this!)

Oklahoma has some the best/greatest communities to live in.  We are surrounded by states and cities that have clean indoor air.  Does make you feel like you’ve turned the clock back when you think of it.


A firsthand story about secondhand smoke

Friday, February 17th, 2012

In today’s Oklahoman – there was a great letter to the editor with this very title - A firsthand story about secondhand smoke. The letter read as if I had written it.  I too grew up in a home with smokers and although a cigarette never touched my lips – I was breathing in all of the chemicals and class A carcinogens as IF I WERE A SMOKER.  Now – before some of you start thinking that this is a post against smokers it isn’t.  It is against smoking and secondhand smoke.

We live in a different age.  We know more.  YET – we still behave like we live in the past sometimes  and living in the past keeps our health and our State’s health status falling further and further behind.

What also struck me about today’s LTE was that many of the readers and followers of Breathe the Music are like the author.  Although they don’t put a cigarette to their mouths – they are breathing in enough secondhand smoke to make them a smoker.  As a matter of FACT – a pack in-a-half a day smoker.

What can we do in Oklahoma to help get the smoke OUT of your workplaces…..ALL workplaces?  We can restore local rights back to communities in Oklahoma so that they can THEN be able to work towards getting that communities workplaces smoke-free. (passing an ordinance)

Here is information about HB 2267/Restore Local Rights!  We hope that you will talk to your State Legislators about this.  Ask for them to support it!  Then share it with your friends and family and your fellow musicians and music loving friends.  You know….the ones who want to come out and support you but can stand the smoke.

We can do this!

- Paula

A firsthand story about secondhand smoke LTE

SFO HB 2267/Restore Local Rights Fact Sheet

Rock on Dwelling Spaces! Thanks for supporting Breathe the Music!

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Rock on Dwelling Spaces! Thanks for supporting Breathe the Music from Paula Warlick on Vimeo.

Well – if you are from Tulsa then you probably know about Dwelling Spaces in The Blue Dome District.

What you might not know is that Dwelling Spaces hosts live music – amongst other things! When we were there, a new coffee bar was under construction – there is always something great to be had there.

Truly – once I was shopping there for some Toms for my kid and Ben Folds was looking for t-shirts for his wife and kids.

You never know who you will see there. We attached a link to their website. Go to EVENTS and see what they are going to be hosting next.

Thanks Mary Beth for supporting Breathe the Music.