LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Smoke Free Little Rock kicks off its campaign at The Hillcrest Fountain tonight.
The popular smoking bar will go smoke-free for the event.
The coalition of organizations and community members are working together to urge the Little Rock Board of Directors to pass a comprehensive smoke free workplaces policy. The group says the policy would protect all workers, including those at restaurants and bars, from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
Speakers at the event getting underway at 7, include owner of The Fountain, Daniel Bryant, and Smoke Free Little Rock Coalition Chair Jennifer Knight.
Attending the event will be dozens of supporters from around the community, the majority of whom have not been to the Fountain in years due to the smoking.
“It’s a great bar in a great location,” says local resident Lynette Finley. “But it’s so smoky that we can’t bear to go in.”
The proposed smoke free policy would still allow people to smoke outside, like on a patio or deck.
“In Arkansas, the 2006 Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act protects many workers from the effects of secondhand smoke,” said Smoke Free Little Rock Coalition Chair Dr. Jennifer Knight. “Unfortunately, many in our community are not afforded such protections because they work somewhere that allows smoking.”
To take action with Smoke Free Little Rock text SMOKEFREE to 46839 and tell the Little Rock Board of Directors that it’s time for Little Rock to join the smoke-free movement. To learn more, visit facebook.com/smokefreelittlerock/.
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