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Understanding Our Environment is Key to Promoting Health and Preventing Disease

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Heather Crowe

Heather Crowe

Heather Crowe was born in 1945 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and died of lung cancer in 2006 in Ottawa, Ontario, at age 61. Although she had “never smoked a day in her life,” she contracted lung cancer in 2002 following long-term employment as a waitress in smoke-filled restaurants.

Determined that others should not die from exposure to tobacco smoke, Crowe worked with government agencies1 and advocacy groups to lobby for anti-smoking legislation. In the last years of her life she became the public face of a successful Canadian campaign to protect workers from secondhand smoke.