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April 26, 2005

Drinking without stinking: I-901 needs your help!

My friend Katherine Bragdon is running the volunteer signature gathering effort for Inititiave 901, the Healthy Indoor Air Campaign, or as I am hereby tagging it, the Drinking Without Stinking Initiative.  (Here's the full text for you legal beagles.)

Seriously, consider these facts:

  •        Waitresses are more likely to die from lung cancer or heart disease than any other female occupation group.

  • Bartenders are twice as likely to die of lung cancer, heart disease and other smoking-related causes as workers in other industries.

  •        The most heavily exposed non-smoking workers in smoking restaurants and taverns inhale the equivalent of 1 1/2 to 2 packs of cigarettes everyday and are 75% more likely to get cancer than the general public.

[Think that's bad, just picture your bartender's lungs!  Eeek!  --Ed.]

Short story long, it will eliminate smoking in all workplaces, which conveniently includes bars, restaurants and nightclubs -- which are workplaces that I personally would like to visit more often, but like lots of folks, I can't stand the smoke.

Now the punchline is: if you want to be able to go out Drinking Without Stinking, you need to do your part and gather a few signatures.  You [and your lungs -- Ed.] will feel great.  All you have to do is call up the campaign team at 206-522-2233 and tell 'em you want to gather some signatures.  Or you can sign up online. They'll set you up with everything you need.

Katherine reports that over 400 people are already signed up to gather signatures -- most folks only spend a few hours gathering -- and every single signature you get brings us one more name closer to nights of smoke-free carousing. 

Posted by Jon Stahl on April 26, 2005 at 09:39 PM in Ballot Initiatives | Permalink

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Your nickname for the initiative cracks me up. :-) But even those under twenty-one benefit. This also covers bowling alleys. When my young daughter came home from a birthday party recently, she smelled pretty awful and had a bad cough for a couple of days. I've signed this and I have a petition to get more signatures. Think I will start with all the other parents from the infamous bowling party...

Posted by: Holly Forrest | May 2, 2005 11:24:45 AM

Yeah. Even minors are routinely exposes to second hand smoke in Washington State.

Posted by: Erik | May 23, 2005 12:16:48 AM

Thanks for mentioning this. I just moved to California from Seattle and I can't believe how much more fun it is to go out here where you aren't gagging on other peoples' disgusting habit. Someday I want to move back to Seattle, but not before Washington state gets its head out of the sand and passes this initiative.

Posted by: Chris | Jun 9, 2005 1:31:58 PM

I think smoking & drinking makes the lung weak and susptible to a range of chest disease including tuberculosis and asthma etc.

Posted by: Andrew Spark | Feb 17, 2006 8:08:45 PM

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