For Immediate Release: October 18, Friday, 2013
Contact: Media Relations
Statement from Tim McAfee, Director, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health on the passing of Nathan Moose, former Tips campaign ad participant
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Nathan Moose, a valued member of CDC's Tips family. Nathan’s selfless and courageous dedication to ensuring that others would not suffer as he did saved many lives. He was a victim of cigarette smoking, although he never smoked.
Nathan worked for 11 years in a casino that allowed smoking, and the exposure to secondhand smoke permanently damaged his lungs and led to his untimely death. His health problems inspired him to take action to help protect not only his fellow Oglala Sioux, but also all Americans, and he especially wanted his message to impact young people.
In addition to participating in the Tips campaign, Nathan spoke at Pow-Wows, conferences, and schools to make people aware of the dangers of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. Nathan was only 54 years old. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nathan's wife, five children, and three grandchildren.
Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health
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