Patricia Young is a former American Airlines flight attendant & was very early advocate for smoke-free workplaces, focusing on airline cabins. Patricia Young began pushing for smoke-free workplaces in 1966.
Patty Young started working for American Airlines in the 1960 as a "stewardess," as they were called then. She introduced Norma Broin, a non-smoking, Mormon flight attendant suffering from lung cancer, to Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt, the attorneys who led the Broin class action against the industry on behalf of as many as 60,000 nonsmoking flight attendants.
A 6 page tobacco industry document contains the 1994 testimony of American Airlines flight attendant Patricia Young, in which she urged Congress to ban smoking on all international flights. Ms. Young stated that when she was forced to work on smoking flights, "at times my tears and mucus were the color or coffee or tea." Some of the effects of her chronic exposure to tobacco smoke at work, according to her testimony, included chronic bronchitis, asthma, chronic laryngitis, chronic sinus disease and severe debilitating headaches with vomiting and diarrhea. Ms. Young stated that that "When asked by company employees...when smoking would be eliminated on all flights [Mr. Robert Crandall, Chairman and President of AMR Corporation, parent company of American Airlines] would smile, light up a cigarette, blow out the smoke and say: 'Does that answer your question?'"
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