Speak Out About Secondhand Smoke

It’s important to learn from past experiences. There are many positive lessons to be had from other communities. This is not a unique concept. There is scientific evidence and good historical facts to back up these actions. It has been demonstrated repeatedly that the health of entertainers, bar staff and restaurant workers improves dramatically after their environments are made smoke-free.

In New York City the bar and restaurant workers found that cotinine (metabolized nicotine) levels in their blood decreased by 85% after the city went smoke-free. The levels of nicotine found in the hair of both smoking and non-smoking restaurant and bar workers dropped by 56% after Lexington, Kentucky went smoke-free. These workers also reported fewer colds and sinus infections. That’s huge.

This is a very simple concept to understand. Secondhand smoke hurts everyone. Most people understand that smoking kills, but they don't seem to be aware that secondhand smoke can cause cancer and other health problems in non-smokers. Why do so many people fight this issue? Opposition is usually based on fear, and fear is usually due to a lack of education, but there is always the presence of the powerful minority that is motivated by money—pure and simple.

You CAN make a difference! It is "WE" the people, but if the people do nothing about this issue then “blue smoke” will prevail in entertainment venues.

This is the new entertainment revolution.

CLUB OWNERS

It’s a simple concept; make the decision to become 100% smoke-free. Consider the harm you are doing to the employees who work for you by allowing them to continually be exposed to secondhand smoke. As a smoke-free business, you will save money annually on maintenance costs, supplies like ashtrays and have a healthier staff who may take fewer sick days.

More venues are providing smoke-free entertainment at the request of the musicians and fans. People want to support night club entertainment. Live entertainment is truly where the action is; this is the new entertainment revolution. It’s venues like yours that are serving up genuine, diverse artists.

If you want to get involved or want to promote your smoke-free business; click here to join Take Note. We’ll share successes from other smoke-free club owners and keep you informed on how smoke-free entertainment can work for you.

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ARTISTS

Entertainers and DJs who earn their living in smoke-filled environments, need to fight for smoke-free workplaces. Workers in nightclubs, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues are generally not protected from secondhand smoke, but those in offices and most public facilities are. There are thousands of people who earn their living in these establishments and they deserve a healthy workplace too.

As an artist, you are 34% more likely to have lung cancer and heart disease – just because you work in nightclubs and entertainment venues that are smoky. If you are booking your own shows, make sure to ask club management for a smoke-free event. A smoke-free event will protect your health and likely attract new patrons who haven’t come before because of the smoke. If you have an agent, have them add a contract clause that requests a smoke-free show.

Click here to join Take Note and join a community of artists who support smoke-free entertainment.

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BAND MANAGERS & BOOKING AGENTS

It’s important for you to stand up for the industry and to protect your artists. Performing artists and live entertainment may be your livelihood; don’t allow secondhand smoke exposure to put your ability to earn an income at risk!

More venues are providing smoke-free shows at the request of the musicians, band management and fans. The first step to having a smoke-free show is asking. Do not assume that a venue will not allow a show to be smoke-free. Here are a few ideas you can put into action:

Add smoke-free show requests in the band's contract for all of your acts.

Ask the club owner to promote the show as smoke-free.

Consider that even if your artists smoke, they may still appreciate working a smoke-free show and be willing to take their smoke breaks outside the venue.

If you want to get involved or want to promote your smoke-free artist,
click here to join Take Note. We’ll share successes from other artists and keep you informed on how smoke-free entertainment can work for you.

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BARTENDERS AND WAITSTAFF

Bartenders and wait staff who earn their living in smoke-filled environments need to fight for smoke-free workplaces. You are the most vulnerable and at-risk group of all; the entertainers and DJs may change, but you are there every day. Does your employer offer health insurance? You are 34% more likely to have lung cancer and heart disease – just because you work in nightclubs and entertainment venues that are smoky. You deserve a healthy workplace too.

Talk to your supervisor and/or club management about becoming smoke-free. Let them know how working in a smoky environment is affecting your health. Smoke-free workplaces will help protect you and you’re likely to have fewer sick days. Encourage your friends and co-workers to contact the owner about becoming smoke-free.

Click here to join Take Note. Keep in touch with Take Note; share your support ideas, because it will take everyone (like you) to help make smoke-free air a reality for all workers.

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