Dying waitress pleads for smoking ban

Wants provinces and territories to ban smoking in all workplaces
By Todd Humber
|CHRR, Guide to Healthy Workplace|Last Updated: 04/28/2003

Heather Crowe doesn’t want to hear any more excuses. The poster girl for Health Canada’s latest anti-smoking blitz wants provincial and territorial governments to step forward and ban smoking in all workplaces before anybody else has to face what she is going through.

Crowe, 57, is dying from lung cancer. She never smoked a day in her life. But she was exposed to second-hand smoke in the workplace while waiting on tables for more than 40 years. She made headlines for winning workers’ compensation benefits in Ontario last year for her illness.

Neil Collishaw, research director at Ottawa-based Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, said he hopes Crowe’s public battle sends a strong message to employers to make every corner of every workplace smoke-free.