"I was starting to feel the effects of it in my throat, in my heart..." —Teresa Barber, Hayward
Teresa is from the Bullhead Clan of Northern Wisconsin.
She's been around tobacco her whole life, seeing it used in traditional ceremonies, and as a former smoker. It's the ex-smoker in her that's concerned about how the rippling effect of secondhand smoke can hurt others. She calls the rippling effect "gogebic."
She says, "Gogebic is a rippling effect, and the smoking, secondhand smoke, it's just that, the rippling effect of who you're all affecting around you. It's not just you you're affecting with smoke. It's the people around you." And what bothered her most is that the secondhand smoke would affect her mom.
"She brought us up not to disrespect people, you know, not to throw our values out on somebody else and expect them to take it or whatever. And it was hurting because, you know, I was like 'she's not even doing it [smoking], why are we doing it around her?'"