MUSIC VENUES ARE WORKPLACES
When most people think about workplaces, they think of offices or retail establishments. Given the proliferation and popularity of smokefree restaurants, many may also include these dining establishments in their definition of a workplace.
But when we start to talk about bars, clubs, dancehalls, and other entertainment venues, including casinos and card rooms, most people do not think about those establishments as workplaces. The truth is that these are workplaces as well as public places – and secondhand smoke is just as hazardous in these environments as it is in an office building.
Music lovers have a special appreciation for their favorite artists. Engaging musicians into the smokefree workplace campaigns in music cities such as Austin, TX and New Orleans, LA brought fresh new voices to explain the real experiences of trying to sing or play in smoke-filled venues. Their stories put a human face to the smokefree issue. Several major music cities are not yet smokefree including Atlanta, GA and Nashville and Memphis, TN. In addition, many entertainers perform in casinos, and major gaming and music cities such as Biloxi, MS, Atlantic City, NJ, and Las Vegas, NV are not yet smokefree.
“IN THIS INDUSTRY IT’S ALMOST AN IMPOSSIBILITY NOT TO BE
CONFRONTED AND COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH IT.”
Singer-Songwriter JST David speaks out in support of Smokefree Atlanta
for musicians and others working in the service industry.
SMOKEFREE STATUS OF MUSIC CITIES
While some may haggle over the definitive list of their favorite music cities, there is some consensus that the following make the Top Music Cities List. Musicians are more than entertainers for our listening and dancing pleasure; performing is their job and they deserve a safe, healthy smokefree workplace just as much as someone who works in an office, a hotel, a restaurant, and even a bar or casino.
Cities are listed in alphabetical order by state; Blue indicates that the city is smokefree in restaurants, bars, and commercial gaming facilities, and Black indicates it is not yet a Smokefree Music City.