“Growing up, I struggled with asthma attacks and hyperventilation. Thankfully over the years, I’ve become more aware of what triggers my breathing problems so I’m not dependent on an inhaler. One of my main triggers is cigarette smoke and it’s difficult to avoid when I’m performing. One whiff of smoke can derail a performance that I’ve been preparing for for weeks.”
Rising Chattanooga star Rachel McIntyre Smith explains why playing in smokefree venues is so important to her.