Executive Director, American Lung Association of Maine
Edward Miller is the Executive Director of the American Lung Association of Maine, a position he has held since 1986. The Association is dedicated to the prevention of lung disease and the promotion of lung health. Beginning July 2007, he also assumed the position of Senior Vice President for Public Policy for the American Lung Association of New England. He is responsible for overall leadership of the Maine organization and serves as the Lung Association’s lead person in public policy development and implementation for the New England region.
Prior to his current job, Mr. Miller was the first Director of the Division of Health Promotion and Education within the Bureau of Health, Maine Department of Human Services from 1973 until 1986.
Throughout his public health career, Mr. Miller has been involved in efforts to reduce the tobacco problem in Maine and throughout the United States. He has served on numerous task forces and commissions dealing with this topic. He published some of the earliest articles on nicotine addiction for the Encyclopedia Britannica (1988) and on “Taxes, Cigarettes and the Health of Maine Citizens” in the Journal of the Maine Medical Association (1977).
He served in a leadership role for the coalition that successfully helped pass the nation’s largest tobacco excise tax increase in 1997, raising over $3.5 million for smoking prevention efforts. He also continues to play a key role in legislative initiatives keep nearly $15 million of Maine’s $50 million Tobacco Settlement funds dedicated to tobacco use prevention and treatment. Maine has led the nation in per capita dedication of settlement funds to tobacco control programs since the settlement was signed in 1998. Maine was the first and only state in the nation in 2006 to receive straight A’s on the American Lung Association Tobacco Report Card. In 2007 the state again received a perfect score.
Mr. Miller is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and the University of Southern Maine. He is a member of the American Public Health Association, past president of the Maine Public Health Association, past Board Chair and member of the Maine Center for Public Health, one of the founders of the Maine Coalition on Smoking or Health, a charter member of the HealthInfoNet Board and appointed by Governor Baldacci to the Dirigo Advisory Council on Health Systems Development.
He lives in Hallowell Maine and has four children. He is a runner, cyclist, snowboarder, and amateur guitar player.