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September 18, 1996

The Physician's Role in Helping Smoke-Sensitive Patients to Use the Americans With Disabilities Act to Secure Smoke-Free Workplaces and Public Spaces

Author Affiliations

From Northeastern University School of Law (Ms Parmet and Dr Daynard) and the Tobacco Control Resource Center (Mr Gottlieb), Boston, Mass.

JAMA. 1996;276(11):909-913. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540110063033

Many persons suffer from a variety of conditions that render them particularly vulnerable to injuries caused by environmental tobacco smoke. Fortunately, the Americans With Disabilities Act may provide such patients with a legal right to a smoke-free environment. We examine herein how the act can be used by these patients, how the act works, and how physicians, who often advise such patients to seek smoke-free environments, can help their patients obtain the clean air to which they are entitled under law.