Flight attendants celebrate 25th year of in-flight smoking ban

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CHICAGO - Association of Flight Attendants-CWA members met with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the in-flight smoking ban that they worked toward for years.

Durbin met with AFA-CWA members at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Monday.  The legislation that forbids in-flight smoking was sponsored by Durbin and late Senator Frank Lautenberg.

In 1986, flight attendants pushed for the National Academy of Sciences to study the effects of in-flight smoking.  According to Moe Kerrigan, the study found that years of working on flights that allowed smoking leaves flight attendants at a higher risk of developing pneumonia and bronchitis.  Kerrigan also adds that the push to ban in-flight smoking was a difficult one.
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