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Bolingbrook truck plaza receives 'Lung Health Champion Award'

Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 3:44 p.m. CDT
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John and Robin Puthusseril (left) accept the “Lung Health Champion Award” from the Respiratory Health Association’s Matt Maloney and State Sen. Pat McGuire (D-43). The Puthusserils own the Greater Chicago Truck Plaza in Bolingbrook and were recognized for their efforts to promote lung health. To protect the health of their customers, the Greater Chicago Truck Plaza does not stock cigarettes, chew or other tobacco products and promotes smoking cessation, according to a news release.

BOLINGBROOK – Respiratory Health Association recently honored the owners of Greater Chicago Truck Plaza in Bolingbrook for their lung health efforts.

Company President John Puthusseril accepted the “Lung Health Champion Award” on behalf of the plaza, which does not sell any tobacco products. To protect the health of their customers the Greater Chicago Truck Plaza does not stock cigarettes, chew or other tobacco products and promotes smoking cessation, according to a news release.

As a profession, truck drivers have smoking rates that are two to three times the national average – one study shows as many as 60 percent of truck drivers smoke, the release states.

“We applaud the Greater Chicago Truck Plaza for taking a road not traveled and opting to not profit from selling harmful tobacco products,” said Joel Africk, Respiratory Health Association president and CEO. “They are genuinely concerned about the health of their customers and we appreciate the leadership steps they have taken.”  

In addition to refraining from selling tobacco products, the Greater Chicago Truck Plaza promotes smoking cessation and offers fitness equipment for complimentary use by truckers.  

Respiratory Health Association, an Illinois nonprofit, has been on the forefront of tobacco prevention efforts to keep future generations from smoking and help current smokers quit. The association concentrates several efforts on populations vulnerable to the tobacco industry tactics.

Respiratory Health Association has been a local public health leader in metropolitan Chicago since 1906. Today, the association addresses asthma, COPD, lung cancer, tobacco control and air quality with a comprehensive approach involving research, education and advocacy activities.

For more information, visit www.lungchicago.org.  

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