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Tampa Declares Oct. 5-11, 2002 - American Association for Respiratory Care Week

For Immediate Release

DALLAS (September 13, 2002) - Tampa Mayor Dick A. Greco has declared October 5 through 11, 2002 American Association for Respiratory Care Week. The observance falls during the AARC’s 48th International Respiratory Congress, held at the Tampa Convention Center, October 5 - 8.

In his proclamation, Mayor Greco says that the City of Tampa has long been concerned about the health of its citizens. He adds, “The citizens of Tampa deserve the opportunity to grow, thrive, and be healthy, and to be informed and aware of their respiratory health, and of the factors that affect that health.”

“Indeed this proclamation is a good thing for the citizens of Tampa,” says AARC President Margaret F. Traband, MEd, RRT. “Respiratory illnesses are growing in this country. Each year more and more children are being diagnosed with asthma, and the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

Traband adds that understanding your lung health is one of the best ways to avoid sickness and hospitalizations.

“While were here in this beautiful city, we hope to share with the citizens of Tampa the importance of early lung screening in those who have smoked and are older than 45, a clearer picture of the profession of respiratory therapy and a greater overall awareness of the importance of lung health.”

The American Association for Respiratory Care, a professional membership association of respiratory therapists, focuses primarily on respiratory therapy education and research. Its goals are to ensure that respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified professionals and to benefit respiratory health care providers. The Association continues to advocate, on behalf of pulmonary patients, for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals.


Contact: Sherry Milligan