Remember When Smoking in the Workplace Was Allowed?

In a time before smoking bans, smokers could light up in offices, airplanes, courtrooms and virtually anywhere else they pleased. That all changed as the public discovered that tens of thousands of nonsmokers were being killed by secondhand smoke every year. In 1991, Rose came on The Oprah Winfrey Show because she was fed up with the smokers in her office. On more than one occasion, her breathing was so affected by their smoke that she had to call paramedics. Norma and Lenore, two of her colleagues, said she was being completely unreasonable and even faking heart attacks. Watch as Rose makes her case.

Original airdate: April 15, 1991

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