Blacklist is an anti-tobacco campaign in Omaha, NE, and Salt Lake City, UT, that is funded through grant money from the state. The campaign held its first event in Salt Lake City in November 2010, but it wasn’t until February 1, 2011, at a Haste the Day show, that the campaign officially started promoting its message. The campaign then started in Omaha in March of 2011. Blacklist’s purpose is to fight against the tobacco industry, not necessarily the smoker, because of its destruction of our environment, our civil rights, our health, and our culture. The Black Listers are part of a movement against the manipulation of the tobacco industry and the damage it does to our world. They aim to educate others about the dangers and destructive effects of tobacco, and to encourage them to join the movement against the tobacco industry and support a smoke-free scene. Blacklist hosts shows and events in an effort to promote a smoke-free scene, particularly the music scene. By informing people at the shows and on the streets about the damage that the tobacco industry inflicts, the Black Listers hope to change the main focus to the arts and music instead of smoking.
I first heard of Blacklist when I went to the Gamechangers Tour 2011 featuring Pierce the Veil, Bring Me the Horizon, A Day to Remember, and We Came as Romans back in March (one of the greatest shows ever, by the way). The Black Listers had a booth at the show and were promoting their message to hundreds of kids that night. They encouraged people to sign up for their newspapers and passed out flyers, posters, guitar pick necklaces, and little cards educating the youth about the dangers of smoking hookah; they even had a photographer and a backdrop set up so the concert attendees who were interested in what Blacklist was about could take pictures against it. I was excited to see that there was another nonprofit organization working in the music scene that was advocating for a smoke-free scene. Having been a part of the music scene for quite some time now, I have noticed that the music scene just seems to go hand-in-hand with alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. It was wonderful to see that there are other people who believe otherwise and are trying to make a difference in the music scene and to create a positive influence on the scene. Since that night, I have been following Blacklist on Facebook in order to get involved in their work and to see what they are doing to make the music scene smoke-free. It has been great to be able to connect with like-minded individuals who believe in the same cause and are working towards a smoke-free future.
To learn more about Blacklist or read facts about tobacco and how it is destroying our world, visit the Black Listers online or go to their Facebook page to get involved and see upcoming shows in the Salt Lake City and/or Omaha areas.