Greater Chicago Truck Plaza Receives Lung Health Champion Award


The owners of Greater Chicago Truck Plaza in Bolingbrook, Ill. received honors from the Respiratory Health Association for their lung health efforts.

Company President John Puthusseril accepted the Lung Health Champion Award on behalf of the travel plaza. To protect the health of its customers the Greater Chicago Truck Plaza does not stock cigarettes, chew or other tobacco products. The location also promotes smoking cessation and offers fitness equipment for complimentary use by truckers.

“Tobacco is a product we wouldn’t want our family to use, so we decided we shouldn’t sell it to our customers,” said Robin Puthusseril, vice president of Greater Chicago Truck Plaza. “It is an honor to be recognized and appreciated for doing something good for the health of others.”

 “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.”

Pat McGuire, Senator for the 43rd District, was also on hand to congratulate the Puthusseril family on the decision they made 13 years ago to not sell tobacco products.

Photo Courtesy of Greater Chicago Truck Plaza

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