Heather Crowe asks to meet Premier Ralph Klein to urge him to make all Alberta workplaces smoke-free
(Ottawa) – December 10, 2003.
“When I was in Edmonton in November, both Mr. Gary Mar, the Minister of Health and Mr. Clint Dunford, the Minister of Labour told me that more political support was needed if Alberta was ever to have a law making all Alberta workplace smoke-free,” reported Heather Crowe, a volunteer with Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada.
“I have therefore asked to meet with Premier Ralph Klein, to discuss how we can work together to create the political support that is needed to make all Alberta workplaces smoke-free,” continued Ms. Crowe.
“The best way the government can help employers and managers meet their new legal obligations under the Criminal Code (see PSC News Release of December 8, 2003 – Exposing workers to cigarette smoke could be a criminal offence) is to ban smoking in all workplaces. That is how they can safeguard the health of all Canadian workers; reduce employer costs and liability; and that is how they can help me realize my wish to be last person to die from second-hand smoke in Canada,” concluded Ms. Crowe.
Heather Crowe worked as a waitress for 40 years in Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa. Although she never smoked, she has inoperable lung cancer from workplace exposure to second-hand smoke. Ms. Crowe now works as a volunteer with Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, tirelessly campaigning for smoke-free workplaces across Canada.
For information: Cynthia Callard, Executive Director or
Neil Collishaw, Research Director
1 613 233 4878
Action on Smoking and Health Alberta
1 780 919 5546