Airline Smoking Ban

  • In the face of mounting evidence of the harmful effects of smoking in confined spaces, the airlines failed to protect the health and safety of passengers and crew. The airlines’ approach—designated smoking and non-smoking sections—did not reduce exposure to tobacco smoke.
  • In the 1980s, several studies linked lung cancer and other diseases in non-smokers to exposure to tobacco smoke. Led by Patty Young, a group of flight attendants lobbied Congress to end smoking on commercial aircraft. Although fiercely opposed by the tobacco industry and most airlines, a federal smoking ban on domestic flights of less than two hours went into effect in 1988. Two years later, the ban was extended to all flights. The popularity of this measure intensified the focus on smoking as an occupational health hazard and a danger for children and other non-smokers.

Wayne Stayskal
Chicago Tribune, page 22
August 3, 1981

Kevin Siers
The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina), page 10A
May 21, 1996

Jeff Koterba
Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska)
1990

Gary Brookins
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia)
September 15, 1989

Dick Locher
Chicago Tribune
1984

Dan Piraro
Bizarro
2000

“I fall squarely and proudly into the stereotype ‘ex-smokers are the worst.’ I smoked two packs a day for ten years and kept in mind how revolting it could be to others. As a consequence, I have no tolerance whatsoever for indoor smoking in public places.”

~ Dan Piraro

Pat Oliphant
The Saratogian/Tri-County News (Saratoga Springs, New York), page 6A
June 8, 1984

Milt Priggee
The Spokesman-Review/Spokane Chronicle
March 25, 1988

“John Fischetti was a great cartoonist and force of nature. He shared with me a lifetime of wisdom and newspaper cartooning insight during the last four years of his life. He knocked on doors for me, took me out to lunch and even pushed work my way. John was my cheerleader and mentor.

“Twenty summers ago I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico, living every young cartoonist’s dream. I was having dinner (one of the best chicken ‘n’ margarita dinners ever) with one of cartooning’s gods, Bill Mauldin. Our wives were tucking in our children for the night. This left me alone with my idol to talk about my friend Fischetti, who had passed away five years before.

“Bill shared with me a phone call he’d had with John as his health worsened. Fischetti told Mauldin, ‘Bill, I’m really going to quit smoking. I’m really going to do it this time.’ Bill said he’d never forget that call in part because of the desperation in John’s voice and because Bill remembered to himself that this new attempt to quit was too little, too late.”

“And people ask me where I get my inspiration…”                                                  ~ Milt Prigge

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