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The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom To Announce Clean Air Initiative

Venue to Partner with Medical Center of Central Georgia, Coliseum Health Systems


MACON, GA (Monday, August 25, 2014) – With the support of The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Coliseum Health System, The Hummingbird Stage and Taproom today announced the adoption of the Hummingbird Clean Air campaign, set to begin September 1, 2014.


“As we approach 10 years in business, we are excited to announce the adoption of a new non-smoking policy effect September 1, 2014. After conversations with customers, we decided that the current smoking policy was outdated and being a non-smoking establishment is in the best interest of our customers and staff. Smoking will still be allowed on the back patio,” said Tim Obelgoner, General Manager, The Hummingbird Stage and Taproom.


Obelgoner stated that customers can still expect the high quality service and entertainment they have come to associate with the establishment.


“We've made a few updates to our back patio and are excited to announce we'll offer a full service outdoor bar on select nights, as well as a unique audio/visual experience. Guests who wish to socialize on the back patio will still be able to see and hear the onstage entertainment thanks to our updated projection system. We also plan on showing a full schedule of college and professional sports, and we're considering screening movies for special events," said Obelgoner. 


In the United States, National Lung Cancer Awareness Month is recognized during November. Through the entire month, a “Hummingbird Clean Air” contribution fund will be set up for guests to make individual donations toward a final amount that will include a portion of sales from the venue. This money will be donated directly to the Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and the American Lung Association on behalf of Coliseum Health System.


“The Medical Center of Central Georgia is thrilled to partner with the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom for the Clean Air campaign. Over the past decade, Americans have increasingly said ‘no' to smoking. The Clean Air campaign will support central Georgians' desire to breathe clean, quality air as they seek personal health and wellness,” said Roberta Permenter, interim Director of the Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.


Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer-related death among both men and women in the U.S. The American Cancer Society estimates that 224,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2014, and also estimates that 159,000 people will die of the disease this year. Approximately 5,000 of those deaths will take the lives of Georgians, outnumbering deaths related to breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.


Coliseum Health System commends the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom for implementing the Clean Air Campaign. Statistics show that smoke-free environments support smokers who desire to quit and help enforce the efforts to make smoking less acceptable.


“Coliseum is pleased to be a part of an effort that reinforces the rights of all people to breathe clean air,” said Jack Rogers, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Coliseum Medical Centers. “We offer a variety of programs to help individuals quit smoking as well as rehabilitation for those who have suffered the effects of smoking.”