Landsharks bar in Broad Ripple will be smoke free on Thursdays starting in May. Word on the street this change is due to the overwhelming success that the totally smoke free Brothers is having just down the street. Hopefully this change will lead to Landsharks to go completely smoke free and then for the whole city to follow suit. Many studies and other cities have proven that smoke free air laws do not harm business and are good for public health.

Us and a bunch of smoke free bars supporters are planning on going to Landsharks on May 14th. Want to join?

On April 1st we launched our media campaign around secondhand smoke in the workplace. You can hear the ads on many Indianapolis radio stations including WIBC, WTTS, WEDJ and others. To hear our ad visit our website, www.smokefreeindy.com.

We hope to use these ads and other media as a way to educate Indianapolis about the importance of everyone being able to breathe smoke free air, no matter where they work. We hope you like them.

Hancock County, a county just east of Indianapolis, passed a comprehensive smokefree workplace ordinance that protects ALL Hancock County workers from exposure to secondhand smoke in workplaces and enclosed public places. By enacting the ordinance adopted today, Hancock County joins the growing number of municipalities in Indiana to adopt comprehensive smokefree workplace ordinances that protect workers, including those who work in bars, clubs and restaurants, among other workplaces.

So, I rode the Hilly Hundred for the first time this weekend in Southern Indiana. Well, I rode my version, “The Hilly 55 or So” after some mechanical problems which disabled me from riding the second day. http://www.hillyhundred.org

WARNING!!: This is not a beginner race, but yet I did it anyway. It was VERY encouraging to see many “elders”, like 60+, riding these treacherous hills. They were even PASSING me!
I was thinking to myself while going 1 mph up a hill, desperately trying not to tip over: if they can do, I surely can.

So, that was most of my weekend. So, not much drinking when you have to bike 50 miles the next day. I did get a good butt massage out of the deal from my boyfriend. He didn’t have many complaints when I asked.

Maybe we can get a group of Mofo’s to ride together next year and get some cool cycling jerseys made? Proper training is a few months. Anyone in? Isn’t there a “MoJo Personal Trainer” on here somewhere?

Other than that, so excited to hear that Matisyahu is back in town. I saw them at the SMOKE FREE Whitelies.tv stage on the Lawn last year with 311. Sorry, had to get that in there. They stole the show!

There has been lots of talk this past week with the Mayor’s new initiative to help Indianapolis, “Go Green.”
Personally, I can’t stand the term Green. Green this and green that, i get sooo tired of it. I do what I can, recycle, bring my own grocery bags and attempt to buy household products that are good for the environment (they can be costly), etc.
Anywho, the Mayor’s new plan, dubbed SustainIndy; will take on a number of environmental initiatives. Some of the initiatives: increasing bike lanes, planting more trees, lowering energy consumption and promoting green building practices. There has also been a lot of consideration in this movement about the air quality in Indiana. I think we rank 2nd to last out of the 50 states for air quality.
I think it’s great the Mayor is taking great strides, and SustainIndy might be his legacy, but he is missing a major opportunity and overlooking a serious, deadly and costly problem in Indianapolis. Tobacco.

1. There is still smoking in indoor workplaces in Indianapolis. Air quality readings in bars that allow smoking are incredibly high and dangerous and way above safe levels of exposure to particles according to the EPA. I have not heard anything from the Mayor about this issue.
How can we be green on the outside when some of our indoor workplaces have poorer air quality than outside?

2. Cigarette butts are the leading source of litter in the WORLD! Trillons of butts annually. Two billion cigarette butts a day people! Nearly all cigarette filters are composed of a bundle of 12,000 plastic-like cellulose acetate fibers. It can take years, in some cases up to fifteen, for the fibers to decay into a plastic powder that can’t be seen. As they do their deadly cargo is released. Mother Earth is not an ashtry. A good website on this:

http://whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Butts.html

Still, nothing on this from the Mayor regarding litter and cigarette butts.

I’m beginning to ramble, hopefully the Mayor doesn’t pass up this opportunity to take on these 2, serious and important issues that seriously effect our environment.

Does anyone see the irony of having a charity based function for health related fund raising at a smoking establishment?

Each year in the United States, an estimated 50,000 deaths are attributable to secondhand smoke breathed by nonsmokers. Of these deaths, 3,000 are due to lung cancer each year with an estimated 800 from exposure at home and 2,200 from exposure in work or social settings. Each year 950-1,690 Hoosiers die from others’ smoking(Secondhand smoke exposure or smoking during pregnancy.)

Source: http://tobaccofreekids.org/reports/settlements/TobaccoToll.php3?StateID=IN

Just something that I saw today…
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundations warns about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke (SHS) to CF patients. Studies have shown that CF patients exposed to SHS were significantly associated with lower Shwachman scores, poorer results of pulmonary function tests, and a fivefold increase in the number of pulmonary-related hospitalizations during the previous year.

Maybe The Spot would consider going smoke free for the Cystic Fibrosis event coming up???

http://www.indymojo.com/happenings/Index.cfm?calid=3269&imo=10&iye=2008&ida=6

Or another event:
A CANCER RESEARCH Fundraiser at VFW Post #261 on October 11th, a SMOKING establishment having an event for cancer research. Really?

Seriously, what a slap in the face to people with tobacco related cancer to have a fundraiser at a smoking event.

Just venting a little today…

As a newbie to indymojo, I have realized that a big part of this “community” is nightlife. Recently, The Vogue, went smoke free for a concert. Here is some information about the event:

The Vogue, an Indy hotspot in the heart of Broad Ripple hosted a concert for two national recording artists, Dar Williams and Shawn Mullins on September 20th. The Vogue, normally a smoking establishment went smoke free for the night of the concert. Well, why is this important? The Vogue, one of Indy’s most popular nightclubs, went smoke free and did not go broke. More clubs and bars should catch on that entertainers want and demand to work in smoke free establishments!

Smoke free air ordinances are good for health AND good for business.

I was out of town for the show, but did anyone else make it? Did you enjoy the smoke free entertainment?