Congratulations to Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley for her leadership role in achieving a smoking ban in Glasgow, KY. That’s right, Glasgow KY, deep in the heart of one of America’s largest tobacco producing counties.
Ablating atrial fibrillation, implanting ICDs and “squishing” blockages are procedures that help the singular few. They can often prove challenging, but pale in comparison to the herculean-like effort it took to spearhead a public smoking ban in a rural hub of tobacco farming.
Not surprisingly, many local leaders (the “old boys”) were strongly opposed. It took years, tolerance of many setbacks, and much perseverance, but in accomplishing this public health milestone, Dr Walton-Shirley has improved the health of thousands in a state which can really use a boost in public health.
For the record, I do not know Dr Walton-Shirley, but am proud that she is a cardiologist, and blogger. Grin.