Tobacco Free Johnson County

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In addition to her full-time job, Pam McQueary of Trafalgar worked two nights a week in local bars as a bartender and waitress from 1999-2002. Here is her story. 

In 2002 I was diagnosed with a lung disorder directly attributable to exposure to secondhand smoke at the bars as I have never smoked a day in my life and I live in a smoke-free home. The pulmonologist said that I had to stop bartending and waitressing immediately or suffer increasingly adverse health consequences. I followed his advice and quit working at the bars.

Unfortunately, the damage to my lungs was already done and is irreversible. I struggle with breathing difficulties on a daily basis and will have to be on medication for the rest of my life. I had no idea that exposure to secondhand smoke for such a short time would have such dire consequences on my health and affect the quality of my life in such an extreme way. I doubt bar workers and waitresses working today have any more information about the dangers of secondhand smoke than I did.

Please do the right thing and protect all workers from secondhand smoke. Smokers can go outside to smoke…workers should not have to choose between their health and making a living.

Jane Doe - Another Company, LLC

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Breathe Easy Edinburgh Coalition

Dr. Doug Arnold, ECSC Superintendent

Andrew Derry, ISDH

JT Doane, EdinburghTown Manager

SaraBeth Drybread, John R. Drybread

  Community Center

Kylee Jones, Healthy Communities

Keyen Macklin, Shelby Co. Drug Free


Tiffany Nichols, ISDH

Donald Peek, Indiana DAV Commander

Miriam Rooks, Johnson Co. Health Dept.

Allison Small, ECSC Nurse

Bob Smith, Johnson Co. Health Dept.

Daniel Teter, Edinburgh Parks Dept.

Nancy Voris, Tobacco Free Johnson Co.

Sarah Ward, WindRose Health Network

Taylor Williams, American Lung Association