In the 1980s, when I worked for my college newspaper and began working professionally, newsrooms were terrible places for secondhand smoke. We all sat in a big newsroom, top half filled with smoke, bottom half filled with people, old pizza boxes, stacks of newspapers, and old phone books. While I never smoked, I worked for years in smoke-filled workplaces.
Although things changed in the late 1980s and early 1990s in workplaces, we need clean-air environments everywhere people are together. Texans deserve to be healthy and young Texans should have the right to grow up to work and play in smoke-free environments. At 43, I was diagnosed with cancer, without any family history. While I can't know for sure what caused it, I do know for sure that prevention is possible. We should put our efforts behind prevention, which costs little to do, but would save lives, families, and dollars, too.
Share Your Story
- Do you have a story to share about your experience with secondhand smoke?
- Do you or a loved one work in a place where you are exposed to secondhand smoke and your health has suffered as a result?
- Does a loved one suffer from emphysema, heart disease or cancer because of exposure to secondhand smoke?
- Were you or a loved-one exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy, and have a child born with low birth weight?
- Do you live or work in a city or outside city limits where smoking is still allowed in bars and restaurants and feel it affects your health?
Whatever your experience is with secondhand smoke or the illness related to smoking, we want to hear it and share it with others on our website and in our advocacy efforts to make smoke-free workplaces a reality in Texas.