I suffered from childhood asthma until I was 6 years old. My father, who was a smoker, died of lung cancer when I was 5 years old. Though no one can go back and verify the connection between my father’s smoking and my asthma, scientists and doctors today have verified the connection between secondhand smoke and a host of illnesses.
I can’t have my father back, and I can’t be rid of the memory of gasping for air as a child. But what I can do, I will do. It’s simple and it doesn’t cost anything. It leads to lower rates of cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.
The simple solution is reducing exposure to secondhand smoke in public places and workplaces, including restaurants, bars and private clubs.
I live in Kansas City, Kan., and I will contact the Unified Government and encourage my representatives to create a smoke-free community. Won’t you?
Kansas City, Kan.