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Live to fight another day: HB2135/Restore Local Rights – Update and Next Steps

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Speaker of the House of Representatives Kris Steele’s bill – HB2135/Restore Local Rights – did not come up for a vote on the full House floor on Thursday, March 17th.  The 17th was the deadline for the House to clear all bills and send them over to the Senate for consideration.  HB2135  is by no means dead, but is likely dormant until next year.

Your calls, emails and communication with Legislators have made a tremendous difference in Musicans for Smoke-free Oklahoma/Breathe the Music’s efforts to restore local rights back to communities so that they can then adopt smoke-free ordinances.

M4SFO/BTM still believes and will continue to fight for every one’s right to breathe smoke-free air NO MATTER WHERE THEY WORK – and that every city needs to have local rights restored so that they can then become 100% smoke-free.

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Thanks for ALL that you do. Together we can make a difference!


Paula James Warlick
Musicians for Smoke-free Oklahoma

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. 


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.

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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Show YOUR support!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Nobody should have to choose between their health and a paycheck.  Just ask these musicians.  They can’t do it alone and neither can we – take time to show your support and sign the petition.  NOW is the time to take the smoke out of bars and music venues – so that we can all BREATHE THE MUSIC!