AUGUSTA, Maine — For nearly three decades, Ed Miller has been synonymous with the work of the American Lung Association in Maine. On June 30, after 29 years of service to the people of Maine and countless others across the Northeast, he will begin a well-earned retirement.
In 1986 when Ed began his career as the Executive Director for the American Lung Association in Maine, a gray haze of cigarette smoke filled the air in most indoor spaces. Secondhand smoke exposure was the norm. Ed, along with other public health advocates, led the fight for healthy air to make all public spaces and workplaces smokefree.
Former Governor John Baldacci said, “Ed’s leadership in the early days of Maine’s tobacco control efforts helped to ensure that we went from having the highest youth smoking rate in the country to one that is now below the national average. It was a privilege to be Governor when Maine was the first (and still the only) state in the nation to receive straight A’s on the American Lung Association’s 2005 State of Tobacco Control Report Card.”
“Ed Miller has been a tireless advocate for cleaner air and improved lung health here in Maine and across the country,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “His almost 30 dedicated years of service to the Lung Association’s lifesaving mission has not only positively impacted the lives of people here in Maine but inspired colleagues and volunteers here and across the country to fight with all our might for healthy lungs and healthy air. We congratulate Ed on a well-earned retirement.”
Maine’s public health leaders sing Ed’s high praises, proving he is respected for his leadership, professionalism and service to the people of Maine. In 1995 Ed received the Maine Public Health Association’s President’s Award for exemplary service and commitment to the practice and profession of public health. Senator Angus King said it best, “A young kid with asthma may not know who did the work that made it easier for them to breathe – that made Maine’s air better. Ed is the one who spearheaded this effort over such a long period of time, and he has made a real difference.” When Tobacco Settlement money came to the state of Maine, former Governor King, Ed and public health leaders, helped to assure the funding was used for its intended purposes and not to fill a budget gap, as is the case in so many other states.
During retirement, Ed is looking forward to having more time to do the things he enjoys, snowboarding, surfing and traveling. However, he will continue protecting the health of Mainers by working on policy issues for the Lung Association during the next legislative session.