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On Wednesday, February 27 at Whistle Stop (2236 Fern Street - South Park), Commune celebrates five years of fighting “tobacco corporations, their practices and their presence in the scene.”

Last November, Reader contributor Lara McCaffrey blurted about the monthly affair, noting:

“Commune’s quit groups are held at local bars to break the association of drinking and smoking. After the first few pilot groups, surveys taken by Commune indicated that their quit groups have a 25 percent success rate for those who want to ‘club’ and quit smoking.”

Commune’s website indicates that, rather than demonizing smokers, they aim to draw attention to the fact that “the tobacco industry harms more than just the person who lights up at a bar.”

The page cites environmental damage (“An entire tree is burned to cure the tobacco necessary for just 15 packs of cigarettes. Through this process, the tobacco industry causes 500,000 acres of deforestation per year.”) as well as humanitarian concerns (“More than 60% of tobacco-growing land in located in low-income countries where tobacco is cultivated as a cash crop for export. The countries are too poor to import food, so the tobacco crops prevent them from properly feeding their citizens”).

Too hooked for cold turkey?

Consider switching to a high-quality e-cigarette to temper your cravings and greatly reduce negative health impacts.

Full disclosure: I bought one of the aforementioned e-cigs three days ago, and I’m way more attached to it than I ever was to cigarettes.

Perhaps not surprisingly, snickerdoodle nicotine vapor puts rolled tobacco to complete and utter shame.

Wednesday’s installment features alt-country rock outfit Dead Feather Moon (who were recently featured on a new KPBS series called “Live at the Belly Up”) and DJ Adam Salter.

Art and limited edition Commune poster/tees by Colin Ingram.

Trunk show by FOUND.

Photos by Brand Kinkel.

Free – 9 p.m.

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