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Concert planned supporting Augusta smokefree campaign


During 30 years of performing in smoky clubs and other venues, Augusta entertainer Tony Howard has needed three surgeries on his vocal cords. His doctor attributed those throat issues to the constant secondhand smoke.

It's why today Howard tries to choose smokefree venues when he can. And it's also why he and others like him are supporting a campaign for smokefree workplaces in Augusta. 

On Tuesday, July 30, Howard and a few of his friends, including Playback's Tutu D'Vyne, The Motowners and Mike Swift, will host a special concert in support of BreathEasy Augusta at Applebee's, 3117 Washington Rd. During the free event, all those interested in smokefree workplaces in Augusta are invited to show their support, sign up for upcoming BreathEasy Augusta events and more. 

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WHAT: "Smokefree Voices for Augusta" A free concert and supporter rally for the BreathEasy Augusta campaign, which is advocating for smokefree workplaces in Augusta. 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 30, from 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Applebee's, 3117 Washington Rd.

WHY: According to a report by the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Workers, in particular, who are employed by businesses where smoking is allowed, can be exposed to secondhand smoke for up to eight hours a day, causing numerous health problems. Workers shouldn't have to sacrifice their health for a job.

In addition, patrons appreciate smokefree environments. Overwhelmingly, bars and restaurants in other cities who have adopted smokefree ordinances have found that business improves. 

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