Nathan, a Native American and member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, never smoked cigarettes. Exposure to secondhand smoke at work caused him to develop allergies and serious infections that triggered asthma attacks, eventually causing permanent lung damage called bronchiectasis. Nathan died on October 17, 2013, of illnesses caused by secondhand smoke exposure. In these extended videos, Nathan tells his story.
Nathan: “I never smoked a day in my life!”
Nathan was Lakota, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, and never smoked. However, he worked in a facility where smoking was allowed, and experienced health problems as a result. In this video from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers® campaign, Nathan describes his health problems—including asthma—triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. He had to give up many activities he loved, including tribal dancing, because of damage to his lungs. That damage led to his early death at age 54.
Nathan's Tip Ad
Nathan was surrounded by secondhand smoke every day at work. This caused permanent lung damage and triggered severe asthma attacks. Nathan himself never smoked. In this TV commercial from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Nathan tells viewers that because of his health problems, he could no longer work at the same job or participate in some of his favorite activities. Nathan died at age 54 of illnesses caused by secondhand smoke exposure.
Nathan: Sidelined by Other People's Smoke
Nathan worked in a smoky casino for 11 years. It robbed him of his health and a favorite pastime—tribal dancing. Although Nathan never smoked, secondhand smoke damaged his lungs. In this video, shot before his death, Nathan talks about how he copes. He died at 54 of illnesses caused by secondhand smoke exposure.
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