When Pulse began publishing in April of 1997, one of our first decisions was not to accept tobacco ads. To us it was crystal clear; the teenagers that start smoking today will have their quality of life severely diminished as adults. More than 3,000 kids start smoking each day in the U. S. One of three will eventually die from it. We didn't want to foster this.
Tobacco has always been The Big Lie. Whether by linking cigarettes with rock & roll, sexy models and movie stars or full page ads that glorify smoking. The only problem is that it steals your breath, your dignity, and, after many horrible years, your life.
In August of 2000 we began hosting Smoke Free Saturday Nights to show that rock & roll and good times could exist without cigarettes. The first show was at the all ages Foxfire Coffee Lounge and was a huge success. In six years we held over 250 SFSN's at over 25 of the most popular rock clubs, bars and all ages venues in the Twin Cities.
These shows showed that people would go to these venues both because of and despite the fact that no smoking was allowed. We think that SFSN's had a positive effect on the recent smoking ordinances and we're very proud of that. ||