Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Heather Crowe

Promoter of smoke-free workplaces

Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1945; died in Ottawa in 2006.

Was a career waitress who became the public face of Canada’s anti-smoking campaign.

Claimed that she contracted lung cancer in 2002 from second-hand smoke encountered at her workplace of 40 years, including an Ottawa restaurant.

Appeared on numerous television public service announcements.

Submitted a successful claim relating to second-hand smoke exposure in the workplace to the Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board for lost earnings and health care benefits.

Due to a large part of her lobbying, the province of Ontario passed a tough anti-smoking bill which came into effect four days after her 2006 death of lung cancer at the age of 61.

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