Everyone Deserves A Smoke-Free Workplace

Cody Belew – Musician

“My voice is my instrument. I can’t let it be damaged by smoke. ”
Cody Belew Musician

I’m at a point in my career where I can’t turn down a gig, for any reason. Sometimes that means I have to put my health in jeopardy. When I have to sing in a smoking establishment, I’m at the mercy of the smoke. After a performance in a smoky bar, I can feel the effects of the smoke – in my throat and my nose. It attacks my vocal chords.

I prefer working in nonsmoking establishments, but I don’t always have that choice. The stage is my office. Most people don’t have to deal with secondhand smoke at their jobs. Why should I?

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Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in adults who themselves have never smoked.
Even brief secondhand smoke exposure can damage cells in ways that set the cancer process in motion. Some damage is not reversible.
The Surgeon General has concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Breathing even a little secondhand smoke can be harmful.
Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25‐30%.
In Arkansas alone, 575 adults die every year from secondhand smoke exposure.