A flight attendant’s job requires working at 35,000 ft altitude, ergonomic challenges while moving passengers, baggage and carts in confined spaces, circadian rhythm disruption, exposure to infectious diseases, ozone, cosmic radiation, low cabin pressures, jet fuel byproducts, pesticides, and flame retardants.
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Your Bones! Beautiful bones, our structure, our frame. But those beautiful bones may be at risk of breaking if you are one of us who flew during the years when cigarette smoke was a near constant factor in aircraft cabins. Osteoporosis (porous bones) leads to an increase risk of bone fractures. Beyond smoke exposure, individuals […]
Flight Attendants Making a Difference: The Kathie Cheney Story In this compelling video produced by the Georgia Alliance for Tobacco Prevention, former flight attendant Kathie Cheney describes her experience on smoke-filled flights, her diagnosis with “smokers’ throat” and subsequent surgery.
Background:Secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) is associated with increased risk of respiratory illness, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Prior to smoking bans on airlines in the late 1980s, flight attendants were exposed to a significant amount of SHS. In the present study, we examine associations between flight attendant SHS exposure and development of respiratory illnesses and cardiovascular […]
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