Ellie, a nonsmoker, has asthma attacks triggered by secondhand smoke. In this extended video, Ellie tells her story.
Ellie: "It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma Attack"
Ellie was in her mid-30's when she had her first asthma attack — triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. She loved her job as a bartender, but began to dread going to work. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign she says, "I could feel my lungs getting tighter. I knew I couldn't be around the smoke or I was going to die, or something bad was going to happen to me." Eventually Ellie quit her job for the sake of her health, but feels everyone deserves to have a safe and healthy work environment.
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