Jamason, a nonsmoker, had a severe asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke when he was 16. In this extended video, Jamason tells his story.
Jamason: “I Didn’t Know Why I Couldn’t Breathe”
Jamason and his mother Sherri talk about the day Jamason had to go to the hospital after having a severe asthma attack at work, triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. Recounting the drive to the hospital, Sherri said, “I just held his hand, and told him just squeeze it every now and then so I know he’s breathing.” In this video from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers® campaign, Jamason admits that after such a severe attack, he was afraid to leave the hospital because he knew that outside, in the real world, people smoke.
Jamason: Please Don't Smoke Near Me
Jamason had a severe asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke when he was 16. He spent four days in the hospital, gasping for breath. In this video, he talks about asking people not to smoke near him, “…because that is my life.”
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