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When the Radical Becomes the Norm: 50 Years of Smoke-Free Sections on Airplanes and What It Means for Today


Aug 5, 2021 01:34 PM

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Leland L. Fairbanks
Physician, Smokefree Casinos Program Manager @www.acasinc.org/acasinc.net, President @Arizonans Concerned About Smoking
Leland L. Fairbanks. MD. MPH. Family Physician since 1958. Arizona Academy of Family Physicians ‐ United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Officer, (Captain) retired, Indian Health Service (IHS) Career 1958‐88. Education: BA, Augsburg College/now University of Minneapolis, 1953; Medical Doctor (MD), Univ. of Minnesota, 1957; MPH, University of Oklahoma College of Public Health, 1968; Family Practice (FP) Intern, New Orleans, LA 1957‐58. US Peace Corp 1962‐1964 as Chief Physician to Liberia West Africa plus returned 1968-1970 for 2 more years as Counterpart National Training Director for: Nurses/Midwives, Physician Assistants & Sanitarians. Awards Include: U.S. Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal ‐1988; Arizona Family Physician of the Year‐1998; Phoenix Business Journal "Lifetime Healthcare Heroes" Award‐2002, " Golden Rule" Health Award 2011, from Arizona Interfaith Movement. US Public Health Service 2020 Retiree of the Year.
Patricia Young
Fight Attendant and Anti-Smoking Advocate @Flight Attendants Medical Research Institute (FAMRI)
I became a stewardess for a major airline in the summer of 1966 at the age of 20. The first thing that the other stewardesses told me was that I would meet interesting men, that I would go to beautiful places and that some of them had the lungs of people who smoke. They knew this because we had to have yearly physicals to keep our jobs. I found this last fact extremely bothering and shocking. Since we had to take the names and destinations of every passenger on every single flight I would go to any passenger who said that they were a doctor and ask what it meant if we had the lungs of people who smoke. Would we, the non-smokers, suffer the same illnesses as people who smoke? All of the doctors said that probably not or they didn't know. Well we did suffer the same diseases as people who smoke. And we got sick and died from our exposure to tobacco smoke. And the rest is history.
Dr. Alfred Munzer
Board Chair @Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) Board of Trustees, Former President @American Lung Association
Dr. Alfred Munzer is a recently retired physician, specializing in diseases of the lung, and former Director of the Pulmonary Medicine Department at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, MD. He was President of the American Lung Association and was awarded the Will Ross Medal, the highest honor given by the association for national volunteer service. He chairs the ASH Board of Trustees and remains involved in the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Dr. Munzer was born in the Netherlands during WWII and lost his father and two sisters in the Holocaust. He spent the first four years of his life hidden from Nazi occupiers. He is an active volunteer, speaker, and docent at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Munzer also serves on the board of Cambodian Living Arts, an organization founded by a child survivor of the Khmer Rouge.
Laurent Huber
Executive Director @Action on Smoking & Health (ASH)
Laurent Huber joined ASH in 2000 at a time when the organization, as a response to the increased global tobacco epidemic, decided to engage in global solutions to reduce the death, disease and economic losses caused by tobacco. While at ASH, he directed an international coalition of over 350 non-governmental organizations from more than 100 countries. This international coalition has been widely recognized by governments, non-governmental organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO) for its vital role in shaping the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the first global public health treaty negotiated under the auspices of the WHO. Laurent also helped ensure that tobacco was addressed in other international public health initiatives including the United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs. For his efforts in health and international tobacco control, Laurent received many accolades including the American Lung Association- C. Everett Koop Foundation award in 2005.