A 88-year-old Roseburg woman whose testimony helped bring about a statewide ban on indoor smoking has died.
Bobbie DeRamus’ testimony before an Oregon Senate committee in 1981 helped win support for the Indoor Clean Air Act.
In later years, she remembered facing down a lobbyist from the R-J Reynolds Tobacco Company at one of the hearings.
The ban went into effect in Oregon’s public buildings in 1983 and has since been expanded to include private workplaces, restaurants and even bars.
The Roseburg News Review reports that she died of natural causes.
Bobbie DeRamus told The News-Review in an interview last year that she worked for the Children’s Services Division for 10 years in the 1970s and ‘80s and retired on doctor’s orders due to problems with secondhand smoke.
She had developed an irregular heartbeat due to her allergy to smoke. She also suffered from bronchitis, migraines and sinus infections.
Today, all 50 states have indoor smoking bans of some kind, according to the American Cancer Society.