Only 53% of Alaskan workers are protected by comprehensive smokefree workplace laws.
My son Jack Burnett and I own the Palmer Bar. We were very unsure of the outcome of the no-smoking ban when it went to vote, but I can tell you it has been a good move for us. We have gained several new customers, it is a more comfortable place to work and the patrons enjoy it a lot more. We are surprised and happy with the results. We are glad to be SMOKEFREE!
Mary Lou Coddington, co-ownerPalmer Bar (smokefree since January 2013)
“My son Jack Burnett and I own the Palmer Bar. We were very unsure of the outcome of the no-smoking ban when it went to vote, but I can tell you it has been a good move for us. We have gained several new customers, it is a more comfortable place to work and the patrons enjoy it a lot more. We are surprised and happy with the results. We are glad to be SMOKEFREE!”
Mary Lou Coddington, co-owner
I decided to go smokefree because of health and economics. You don’t have to clean as much; you don’t have dirty walls to wipe down; you don’t have to replace bedding as often; and the whole building is fresh smelling. And the employees are delighted.
Janet Kincaid, OwnerColony Inn Café (smokefree since opening in 1994)
We made all the housing smokefree for two reasons: First, it is very costly to refurbish the apartments when someone’s been smoking in them—up to $10,000 for one unit. Second, our mission is to enable seniors to live as independent as possible, for as long as possible, and one of the ways we can do that is to ensure they have clean indoor air to breathe.
Ingrid Ling, Executive DirectorWasilla Area Seniors, Inc. (100% smokefree housing since 2012)
When they voted [on going smoke-free] the first time, even being a nonsmoker, I didn’t want it to pass because I worried about business. But overall, I think business has gotten better. More nonsmokers come in and the smokers just smoke outside.
Sharon Pendergrass, ManagerPalmer Elks Club (smoke-free by a membership vote since Sept 2012)
When I worked for Hospice of Mat-Su, over time, I watched a husband who smoked be admitted to hospice with terminal emphysema. Two years later, I watched his spouse who never smoked be admitted for lung cancer. It doesn’t have to be that way. Everyone has a right to clean indoor air.
Elizabeth Ripley, Executive DirectorMat-Su Health Foundation
Secondhand smoke can be broken into three main risk categories: effects on pregnant women; effects on children, and effects on adults. With my more than 20 years of medical experience as a family practice physician, I have seen the negative effects in all three of these categories. One of the most recent was a devastating death from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke.
Dr. Robert NeubauerMat-Su Regional Medical Center
Before we went smokefree, whether you worked in the smoking section or not, you still had to be around it all the time. You left smelling like smoke. And a lot of people just wouldn’t come here because of the smoke. Now it’s so much better; our employees are happier and our customers are happier. It’s been really good for our business.
Kristi Tanner, WaitressWindbreak Café & Lounge (smokefree since 2005)