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My friend was killed by her husband’s secondhand smoke

I lost a very dear friend to lung cancer at the young age of 37. She left behind two children ages 12 and 7. The sad part about this was she never smoked a day in her young life. However, cure her husband of 20 years smoked like a train engine going up a high mountain. He smoked in the car, in restaurants with the family, and in the house. Her lung cancer was the rapidly developing kind that took her life within 6 months of diagnosis. It was determined by her doctors that she got this horrible disease as a direct result of secondhand smoke. Texas needs to be a smoke-free state so that no other young children are deprived of a parent. I don’t want to hear about other friends having lung cancer due to the secondhand smoke they are exposed to.

Secondhand smoke killed my father

My father died from esophageal cancer in 2006 — from many years of inhaling secondhand smoke from my grandparents. My father never drank alcohol or smoked. Because of this I went before the city council of Conroe, recipe TX and got them to pass our smoking ordinance recently. (Thank you Dr. Stephenson for your testimony and effort! – The SFT Team)

Secondhand smoke has the power to render me helpless

I have never smoked. At 21, doctor I was diagnosed with adult onset bronchial asthma related to secondhand smoke. I grew up with secondhand smoke from my father — who now lives with emphysema and cancer. For many years I struggled with frequent asthma attacks in the workplace from secondhand smoke. My social activities have been very limited because of smoking. I can’t be in any public places or functions where there is smoking period. The asthma attack feels like someone is squeezing my wind pipe, medical cutting off my air supply, generic while coughing and wheezing. Secondhand smoke has the power to render me helpless, gasping for air in a matter of minutes, and fighting for my life, if my inhalers are not at hand. For me, smoke-free air is not a choice — it literally is life sustaining. Thank you for your advocacy efforts to make smoke-free workplaces a reality in Texas.

Me & The Marlboro Man

Growing up in the 60s, there I have the Marlboro Man to thank for my smoking habit of 18 years. I couldn’t wait to look like him! After numerous unsuccessful attempts at quitting, I have my daughter, Courtney, to thank for me finally kicking the habit. When she was a young child, I realized that as I sat in my recliner watching TV, every time I lit up, she got down off my lap and sat on the floor. This hit me right between the eyes. Without saying a word, she sent me a message that it was either her or the cigarettes. I quit on the spot. After 30-plus years, I have never smoked again. Thank you, Courtney!!

36 years, two hospitalizations, and an open heart surgery

I am an EX-SMOKER after 36 years. Hallelujiah! I have been hospitalized twice during my life time for pneumonia and then recently undergoing open heart surgery requiring a four-artery bypass. While I did not have a heart attack, thumb my team of doctors told me that had I gone much longer than six months to a year, ailment I would not have lived to make it to the hospital. I am so thankful I gave the habit up. Today the smell of tobacco makes me sick. Having spoken with other ex-smokers, the thought is there and probably always will be. But the desire is gone. If you smoke, please STOP! It is not easy, but you can. I DID!

After 40 years of smoking, my mother passed away

Due to 40 years of smoking, medicine my beloved mother passed away, at the tender age of 64, in 1992. She started smoking at the age of 16 and didn’t quit until she got a diagnosis in 1985 of breast cancer and then lung cancer in 1990. I lost her two days after President Clinton was elected. I still miss her terribly. Also, where I work at a psychiatric hospital, the patients are allowed to smoke four times a day and this irritates me to no end. I work the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift and many come back to me for their 9 p.m. meds, stinking of cigarette smoke. It makes me cough, as I am very allergic to cigarette smoke. I don’t want to seem rude, but at the same time, these sick patients don’t realize what they are doing to themselves and me, their med. nurse. I do have handouts to give to the patients on trying to quit. Some appreciate it and some just throw the paper in the garbage. Anyway, I so appreciate all you are doing, but what is to become of the stubborn people who won’t quit this nasty and death-causing disease?

Smoke-free law is good for business

Several years ago, viagra the Abilene City Council was deliberating a city-wide ban on smoking in public places. The common cry from business owners is that such a ban would hurt their businesses. A certain well-known restaurant owner said that he felt that such a ban would actually cause an upsurge in business because non-smokers would be free to go out again without having to deal with secondhand smoke. The observation of that restaurant owner became the reality experienced by many businesses.
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