Musicians Jamming for Smokefree Air

Musicians for Smoke-free Oklahoma is a group formed to help protect musicians and music lovers in Oklahoma who want clubs, bars, music and entertainment venues to become 100% smokefree. Enjoy! You can check them out at Be sure to check out the use of video clips showing supportive music venue owners.

Join 'em at!/pages/Musicians-for-Smoke-Free-Oklahoma-Breathe-the-Music/324423256294

In 1992, Linda Ronstadt, Holly Near, Boyz II Men, En Vogue, John Lee Hooker, and Richard Marks participated in the California Department of Health Services and ANRs' successful campaign to make California's concert venues 100% smokefree. MTV reported on ANR's "Smokefree Music Project."

Mariah Carey

"I'll go to a club (in Britain), but you guys smoke so friggin' much, I can't sing for ages after. If everyone in England stops smoking cigarettes then I'll come and party."

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson only performs in music venues that are free of secondhand tobacco smoke.

Queen made all its 2005 comeback concert performances 100% smokefree.

Leslie Nuchow

"My music is the truest part of me, and the thought of allowing it to be used by the tobacco industry to lure anyone, particularly young girls, into smoking is totally inconsistent with my values and what my music is about."

In 1997, Nuchow was offered a lucrative contract with Woman Thing Music, but discovered that in order to purchase a Woman Thing Music CD, one had to also purchase two packs of Virginia Slims cigarettes. Nuchow rejected the tobacco company's offer and created Virginia SLAM! to counter and highlight the tobacco industry's efforts to target women through music.

SLAM! concerts bring together high-profile musicians and lesser-known acts, using the power of music to address those industries and companies that are harmful to humanity. Virginia SLAM! Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Indigo Girls

"What goes into the corporate cigarette? Chemically treated tobacco, environmentally damaging farming practices, inhumane and unnecessary animal experimentation, exploitation of children, minorities, women and disenfranchised nations, and sordid alliances with right-wing politicians who say no to child welfare, education, and health care reform, no to women's and gay rights, but yes to the tobacco lobby. The SLAM! is an opportunity to stand against corporate deception and exploitation!" -- Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls

Boyz II Men

"We think secondhand smoke is dangerous and causes a lot of sickness. Wanya got a throat infection in Japan from secondhand smoke, and we had to cancel portions of our tour. Most people don't realize that secondhand smoke causes cancer."

The four-time Grammy Award winners are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a campaign against tobacco called "Smoke-Free - It's the New Evolution".

Henry Kaiser, an innovative guitarist, has a clause in his contracts stipulating that there be no tobacco company sponsorship in any event that hires him.

"They [the tobacco companies] benefit much more from associating with these music events than the festivals or artists do. All they care about is keeping people addicted. They killed all those jazz and rock musicians… Here we are going tributes to Miles and Lester Bowie at the Chicago Festival, and cigarettes helped kill both of them."

Roz Brown - Folksinger and Autoharpist

"Secondhand smoke irritates the vocal cords, and this is especially true for singers. Right in the middle of a song, I will get a tickle in my throat or start coughing…. I truly look forward to the day when I can sing my heart out without coughing or choking on secondhand smoke."

Patricia Barber - "The coolest singer/songwriter around." -- Los Angeles Times

Patty Barber is a pianist-vocalist jazz musician you requests that the venues she performs at are smokefree for her concerts. "I started asking for non-smoking venues years ago. Enough was enough. My risk of lung cancer from second hand smoke is high from all the years of being forced to breath it in... then my doctor told me I couldn't perform anymore because I have asthma and it was just ridiculous to continue fighting the smoke. I never play anywhere where there is or has been smoking during the day. I will not make any exceptions."

Steve Bradbery- Steve Bradbery is an innovative Tenor and Alto saxophonist who has created his own blend of smooth jazz, dance, and funky R&B. Steve started with the clarinet in High School, winning state and national honors for classical performance and touring Europe with the American Collegiate Wind Band. In college he discovered the limitless acoustic possibilities of the saxophone, and has focused on jazz and popular music ever since. Steve says, “I like to push boundaries, take a melody from one genre and play it in the style of another. Mix diverse musical elements together in a new way, The great potential of music is to help us remember to keep our eyes open to the possibilities around us.”

"As a saxophonist who puts on a high energy show, I often hold long sustained notes and give my lungs a thorough workout while performing. It’s a bit like doing an aerobics class – it’s an athletic event as much as an artistic performance. The last thing I want to do to myself is inhale massive lung fulls of other people’s cigarette smoke. Forget it! I value my lungs and what they mean to me as a saxophone player way too much!"
Sherry Petta - Sherry Petta, pianist and jazz vocalist, has been a long time supporter of smoke-free environments. After a few years of singing occasionally in venues which allowed smoking, Sherry has become more selective as to where she'll sing.

"Whether I'm going out for a social evening or to perform for an evening, I will no longer go where there will be smoke in the room. Period. Secondhand smoke not only has an immediate affect on my vocals, but it just doesn't smell pretty, and often causes sinus congestion that lingers for a few weeks -- I refuse to take the secondhand smoke abuse any longer."

As far as patrons of the smoke-free environments, Sherry believes that music lovers come to the venues to hear her sing jazz, not to smoke. You may read more about Sherry and hear some of her music from her new CD, this is why, at
Drew Womack - After performing for 20 years in smoke-filled environments, Drew has designated himself as a smokefree-zone, free of secondhand smoke exposure. Drew wears and offers to his fans a T-shirt that reads, "I am a no smoking area."

Jimmy Borges

From an op-ed piece in the Honolulu Advertiser:

I wholeheartedly agree with the March 20 Advertiser editorial ("State anti-smoking law needs update") and Senate Bill 3262 (Healthy Air and Workplace Act).

I've been singing in nightclubs for over 50 years, and more than just a few of my friends have passed on due to the direct result of smoking, including Nat "King" Cole and Sammy Davis Jr.

Secondhand smoke is just as lethal. . . .

I'm lucky because my financial situation allows me to pick and choose my gigs. Many of my peers are still working the clubs and bars because they have to in order to survive -- but they're being harmed by the secondhand smoke permeating their workplace. It's a "Catch-22" for them as the law now stands. They need to work to live, but working is going to kill them. . . .

Even entire countries, such as Italy, Spain and Ireland, have adopted protections for those who choose not to smoke. Usually in the forefront of worker and health concerns, Hawai'i now needs to catch up.

Passing this bill will help save the lives of my entertainer friends, not to mention the bar and wait staff, and all of the other Hawai'i workers who are subjected to secondhand smoke in the workplace.


Ethan Miller

From an interview with Drowned in Sound

Y’know I probably have been there since the smoking ban, but I’m for it. Being a singer I get pretty bummed when I’m touring these small clubs in the winter time, and the heating’s blasting and all these people are smoking… it’s hard to get a clean breath to do some good singing. As unpopular an opinion as that might be in some bars, it’s pretty much murder for your vocals.


Carol Denney -

"The people I play music with all agree - we only play in smokefree settings, and if secondhand smoke becomes an issue, the music stops! We owe it to ourselves, our audiences, and the employees to set the standard for a smokefree, music-filled future."