The opinion in that case, has been used internationally as the rationale for protecting non-smokers from tobacco smoke in all shared air spaces. Mrs. Shimp, together with her late husband, her legal advisors, and former United States Surgeon General Luther L. Terry, M.D., established a non-profit volunteer organization to disseminate the lawsuit information and focus national attention on the serious hazards of second-hand tobacco smoke.
That organization, Environmental Improvement Associates, of which Mrs. Shimp was Executive Director, was a driving force in bringing smokefree workplace policies to the forefront of public health issues. The records of these pioneering efforts have been preserved in the Tobacco Control Archives of the University of California, San Francisco. For many years Mrs. Shimp was a consultant to the American Lung Association and other public health groups.