Behavior Change Approach
Free the Night is Rescue’s campaign to generate community support and demand for smoke-free venues to motivate local bar and club owners to voluntarily choose to ban smoking.
ASSESS PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR POLICY CHANGEA public opinion survey conducted by Rescue shows 80% Oklahomans are interested in smoke-free bars and clubs. Additionally, Free the Night recruits musicians and bartenders to join the campaign as advocates for a healthier, smoke-free work environment.+ expand - collapse
BUILD AWARENESS AND RECRUIT SUPPORTERSFree the Night builds support for smoke-free bars and clubs by showcasing the health harms experienced by bartenders, and by recruiting musicians to tell their stories in the community, online, and in the media.+ expand - collapse
ADVOCATE FOR CHANGECampaign staff and volunteers frequent community events, music festivals, bars, and nightclubs to gather tangible support for changing policies and to promote the mobile-friendly Smoke-Free Bar Finder.+ expand - collapse
CELEBRATE AND RECOGNIZE VICTORIESBars and clubs that become smoke-free are immediately recognized with positive publicity, including online ads and earned media stories. Among venues that have gone smoke-free, owners report increasing business and new customers.+ expand - collapse
In a state that has historically been resistant to clean indoor air laws, Rescue’s Free the Night campaign has converted over 35 bars and clubs across Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Stillwater to voluntarily go smoke-free since 2015 and the campaign continues to build demand.
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