Thursday, November 20, 2008

Smoke Free Indy Asks City-Council For A Comprehensive Ordinance

On the 32nd anniversary of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, Smoke Free Indy asks the Indianapolis City-Council to pass a comprehensive smoke free workplace ordinance. Workers in bars, bowling alleys and private clubs are still not protected from secondhand smoke leaving them left behind in the current ordinance. On November 20th Smoke Free Indy launches a public education campaign to educate Indianapolis about the dangers of secondhand smoke in the workplace.

To read the Smoke Free Indy Press Release click here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Come Celebrate the Great American Smokeout With Us!

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out (GASO) is an annual event in which smokers are encouraged to quit. This year, GASO is on November 20th and we are going to be celebrating in Indianapolis! There will be a large event with many participating organizations along with the American Cancer Society including; Riley Hospital, The Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, Wishard Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital and the IUPUI Student Campus Center. There will be events at all of the participating organizations, encouraging smokers to quit and educating them about the health benefits of quitting. Smoke Free Indy will be celebrating at the IUPUI Campus Center. Not only will we be encouraging people to quit, we will also be educating about the dangers of secondhand smoke. Smokers who want to trade in their cigarettes can register to win a Wii and will receive 2 free weeks at a local gym and discounted food from the IUPUI food court.

So, come join us at the IUPUI Campus Center on November 20th from 10am-2pm. We will also have a Wii to play and other games in which you can register to win a Wii and other prizes. I f you can’t make it, tell a friend or loved one who smoke about the Great American Smoke Out and encourage them to quit, even if just for one day.

For more information on The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out, click:
Event Location: IUPUI Campus Center

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Adobo Grill Went Smoke Free

Thanks to the heads up from Feed Me/Drink Me for finding out that Adobo Grill has gone smoke free months after opening in their new location as a smoking establishment. I had always wanted to try Adobo Grill but had never seemed to make it to their old location off of 82nd and Allisonville. I was very excited to hear that they were moving downtown which would allow me to stop in one day for lunch, and if I really liked it than for dinner. Though when I heard they opened as a smoky place I swore off ever gracing their door. But hooray they finally made the right decision to go smoke free and to become a healthy restaurant and not a stinky secondhand smoke filled bar catering to 24 percent of the population.

Of course now there are some other restaurants downtown and throughout the city that have decided to cater to smokers as well (you know where they are) whoose I will also never go to. I would recommend that you also skip them, and or ask the management to have them become smoke free. It seemed to work at Adobo, maybe it can work other places too.

Monday, November 10, 2008

It’s Time For Change!!

Last week was a historical time for all Americans; no matter who you voted for in this election, “change” is the cry heard around the world. The profound message is we all can and do make a difference when we take action and get involved.

Take Note and Smoke Free Indy volunteers have been working together to draw attention to the big problem of smoky entertainment venues. The movement has been gaining support and building momentum. This cause is much like the presidential campaign executed by Obama, who re-wrote the book on campaign marketing by transforming the election into a true social movement. Everywhere you looked there were Obama yard signs, t-shirts, or volunteers hitting the pavement, knocking on your door willing and ready to discuss his agenda. That is exactly what Take Note and Smoke Free Indy are all about!

Take Note and Smoke Free Indy are grassroots networks of people just like you. It’s time to take ownership of this campaign and make it a true movement. Get on board and spread the word. Its time to make history! Join Take Note and Smoke Free Indy in making all of Indianapolis smoke free.