My dad quit smoking when he was 60 but by the time he was 70, he still got emphesema. It was awful watching him go from a vibrant, active man to a shriveled shell of himself. He didn't leave the house for 2 years before he finally died. His brother had died of lung cancer. His mother and dad died of emphesema. I have Sarcoidosis - a lung disease - I have no idea if I will also suffer a death like his even though I haven't smoked. Who knows?
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- 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.