By Marc Emral
Ahron Leichtman, who campaigned against smoking in public places, died Oct. 12 in Dayton. He was 75.
Mr. Leichtman was the founder and director of Citizens for a Tobacco-free Society, who testified in Cincinnati City Council promoting a no smoking policy in Cincinnati. The policy went into effect in 1986.
Tim Bonfield, a senior associate in marketing and communications at Cincinnati Children's and former health care reporter at the Cincinnati Enquirer, said Mr. Leichtman was “one of the most passionate advocated I ever encountered.”
“Now I wonder how many lives have been spared from horrific experiences with lung cancer thanks to people like him fighting so hard to get restaurants and other public places to ban smoking,” Bonfield said. “It's an impact that will span decades and may never be fully measured.”
Don Vogel, who volunteered with Mr. Leichtman with the American Lung Association in Cincinnati, said Mr. Leichtman was allergic to second-hand smoke.
“If there was any issue about secondhand smoke in the city, the newspapers and TV stations in radio stations all approached him for his comments,” Vogel said.
Ahron Leichtman’s Facebook page reads that he was founder director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition on Smoking and Heath; fonder and president of Amberley Associates, and founder and president of Amberley Productions; and founder and editor-in-chief of United News Syndicate. He is listed as a co-producer of a 1984 TV movie “The Sky’s No Limit.”
He was the son of the late Ida and Hyman Leichtman; brother of Yanina (Gordon) Haas of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Lenora (the late Dan) Hart, and the late Sharon Katz; and also is survived by many nieces and nephews.