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Jacque Petterson
Smoke-free air advocate
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Board Member:  S.A.F.E.
(Smokefree Air For Everyone)
Condo Owners For Smokefree Living
Member: APSAC
(Alliance for Protection from Secondhand Smoke in Apartments & Condominiums)

Member: Legislative Advisory Council
for Texas State House Member,
Representative David Leibowitz
(includes representatives from all party affiliations)

Member: Board of Directors
Oakridge Pointe Homeowners' Association

Past experience includes:
Volunteer spokesperson on tobacco issues for the
San Antonio, Texas,
U.S.A., American Cancer Society
Member: San Antonio,
Texas-American Cancer Society
 Government Relations Committee
Advocacy Committee Chair: 2005 and 2006
Relay For Life  - Helotes, Texas
Member: Task Force For Smoke-free Housing
(Los Angeles, CA)
Member: Smoke Free Affordable Housing Campaign
(Los Angeles, CA)
Member:  Santa Clarita Valley  (CA) Sheriff's Station
Community Advisory Committee
Santa Clarita Valley (CA) Sheriff's Volunteer
Santa Clarita Valley (CA)
Mayor's Blue Ribbon Task Force
(educating parents about teen drug,
alcohol, and tobacco abuse)

Los Angeles Police Dept.
(CA) Community Advisory Committee
(Secretary-Foothill Division / Committee Co-chair
for LAPD City-wide Summit 2000)

Certified Apartment Manager-
National Apartment Association

Enter law office site here.

Mr. Petterson has over
32 years experience as an attorney
and is a former U.S. Magistrate Judge from Minnesota.

Texas Bar Association (Bar # 24045010)
State Bar of California (Bar#133376)

Graduate of Notre Dame University
South Bend, Indiana
BBA, Accounting 1969
Graduate of University of North Dakota Law School
Grand Forks, North Dakota 1972
Juris Doctor

Phi Alpha Delta Recipient: Senior Legal Writing Award; North Dakota Law Review, Note Editor, 1971-1972.
Law Clerk to Chief Judge Paul Benson,
U.S. District Court,
District of North Dakota, 1972-1975.

U.S. Magistrate Judge, 6th Judicial Division,
District of Minnesota, 1976-1981
President, Beltrami County (MN)
Bar Association, 1977-1978.

(Jay assists with legal questions when they arise, with locations of countries (he is a geography wiz), and has been pro-active in educating others on the need for smoke-free air in apartments and condos, and even in child custody suits.)

Sadly, smokers and tobacco companies continue to encourage the myth that secondhand smoke is not harmful.  When Jacque was a child in the '50s smoking was considered safe enough, and secondhand smoke was not even a consideration.  As an adult she began to hear that secondhand smoke was bad and could make one sick, but the laws did not protect her in the workplace, nor was the education strong enough to convince her to stop smokers from smoking around her.

In 1995, she developed a severe reaction to second-hand smoke causing her to cough and choke, limiting her air intake, sometimes for hours, depending on how much smoke she inhaled. Many nights she was up coughing and choking until the early morning hours. It was both painful and scary.  Eventually she discovered this was an asthmatic reaction.

Jacque believes this reaction is due to years of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke as a result of unsuspecting parents smoking in her home and car as a child, having lived for six years with her first husband, a chain smoker who died of cancer in 1980, and having worked closely with smokers over the years in restaurants, hotels, apartment management, retail stores, and most recently in a small office with a chain smoker from 1989 to 1991.

In 2000 she and her new husband sold their single family home to purchase a condo in Canyon Country, CA. Unaware that tobacco smoke travels through buildings from one unit to the others, they purchased a condo based on the fact that there was no smoke apparent at the time of purchase. Shortly after renovating and moving in, smoke began to enter their home.

As there is currently no law to protect non-smokers from this situation, the Homeowners' Association refused to ask the neighbors to stop smoking, the City Council chose only to set the request for help aside for future reference, and her legislators said they are sorry about the problem, but will do nothing to change the laws, choosing to protect the smoker's "right" to pollute their home against their will.

Jacque hopes you are working to change the laws in your community. With over 400,000 smoker, and over 50,000 non-smoker deaths each year, we must let our government officials know that this atrocity must stop.

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