Family member is 54 yo and has been smoking since 14 yo. Now experiences chronic seasonal bronchitis and periodic pneumonia. She had a very minor car accident at work and had to submit to a breath tester for alcohol as a condition of employment. No one

No one what?? Wish i had the end of your posting. Heavy smokers, esp who start early, are often drinkers, sometimes heavy ones. Since i don't really know what your question is, i will assume that her breath test was positive. Get a professional evaluation by an addiction counselor or physician&work on smoking cessation. Alanon may be helpful for family members and friends to deal with reactions to alcohol use.
Sounds . Sounds like she probably has COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), due to smoking. She needs to stop smoking, if she cannot provide the minimum flow for the breath test- she is already fairly advanced. She will need pulmonary function testing to prove the diagnosis and provide a baseline.