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Jacque Petterson
Board Member:  S.A.F.E.
(Smokefree Air For Everyone-Los Angeles, CA)
Condo Owners For Smokefree Living
Member: APSAC (Alliance for Protection from Secondhand Smoke in Apartments & Condominiums)
Board Member: Northchase Homeowners' Association, San Antonio, TX

2005-2007: Board Member Northchase HOA
Past experience includes:
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
Jay R. Petterson
Mr. Petterson has over 35 years experience as an attorney
and is a former U.S. Magistrate Judge from Minnesota.

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.

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

(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.)

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

In 1995, I developed a severe reaction to second-hand smoke causing me to cough and choke, limiting my air intake, sometimes for hours, depending on how much smoke I inhale. Many nights I have been up coughing and choking until the early morning hours. It's both painful and scary.  I eventually discovered this was an asthmatic reaction.

I believe this reaction is due to years of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke as a result of my unsuspecting parents smoking in our home and car when I was a child, having lived for six years with my first husband, who chain smoked and died of cancer at the age of 39, 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 my new husband and I sold our single family home to purchase a condo in Canyon Country, CA. Unaware that tobacco smoke travels through buildings from one unit to the others, we purchased our 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 our home.

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

I hope 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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Although most hotels listed on have a large fine for smoking inside the rooms, it is not uncommon to find that someone has chosen to smoke against the rules. Be sure to contact management immediately if you think you smell smoke while staying in a smoke-free hotel. Some smoke-free hotels have chosen not to remodel the previously smoked-in rooms. Be sure to ask for a room that was previously non-smoking. 

How to avoid breathing secondhand tobacco smoke in a hotel or motel when there are no smoke-free hotels.

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