Friday, October 18, 2013

Mourning Nathan Moose, CDC anti-secondhand smoke activist

The Centers for Disease Control today announced the death of Nathan Moose, 54, who worked tirelessly in the CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign after sustaining permanent lung damage from eleven years of secondhand smoke. His Tips profile can be found here. Below is a letter from Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Nathan Moose, a valued member of CDC's Tips family. Nathan’s selfless and courageous dedication to ensuring that others would not suffer as he did saved many lives. He was a victim of cigarette smoking, although he never smoked.
Nathan worked for 11 years in a casino that allowed smoking, and the exposure to secondhand smoke permanently damaged his lungs and led to his untimely death. His health problems inspired him to take action to help protect not only his fellow Oglala Sioux, but also all Americans, and he especially wanted his message to impact young people.
In addition to participating in the Tips campaign, Nathan spoke at Pow-Wows, conferences, and schools to make people aware of the dangers of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. Nathan was only 54 years old. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nathan's wife, five children, and three grandchildren.
Tim McAfee, MD, MPH
Director, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health

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