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November 11, 2004

Lung Association Honors Mayor Michael Bloomberg

The American Lung Association of the City of New York honored Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his contributions to improving lung health through the passage of New York City’s Smoke Free Workplace Law and his continued devotion to public health. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was renamed in Mr. Bloomberg’s honor in April 2001.

Dr. Peter Smith, (r) chair of American Lung Association of NYC, hands award to Mayor Bloomberg.

Dr. Peter Smith, (r) chair of American Lung Association of NYC, hands award to Mayor Bloomberg.

The American Lung Association’s 102nd Anniversary Gala Celebration and Life and Breath Awards Dinner were held on November 3. Cynthia L. Erickson, the former chief executive officer of the American Lung Association of the City of New York, S. Epatha Merkerson, star of the television series Law and Order, and Dr. Irwin Redlener, president of the Children’s Health Fund and associate dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, also received awards for their contributions to improving lives by furthering the mission of the American Lung Association.

Founded in 1902, the American Lung Association of the City of New York is a non-profit health organization dedicated to the fight against lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, lung cancer and pneumonia, which it notes are the third leading cause of death in the United States.—Tim Parsons