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Flight attendants celebrate 25 years of smoke-free flights

CHICAGO (AP) — Flight attendants have celebrated the 25th anniversary of the in-flight smoking ban.

Members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA on Monday met Sen. Dick Durbin at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to mark the victory they'd worked years toward and which Durbin championed as a member of the U.S. House.

Flight attendants urged the National Academy of Sciences in 1986 to study the effects of in-flight smoking.

Moe Kerrigan says the study confirmed what she and colleagues feared. She says her years of working on smoky flights make her more susceptible to bronchitis and pneumonia.

She says while "it seems absurd today," the effort was difficult.

Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, teamed with the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey to push for the legislation's passage.

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