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May 14, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Dr. John M. Peters, a pioneering USC epidemiologist who played a crucial role in demonstrating the short- and long-term effects of air pollutants on the health of children, died of pancreatic cancer May 6 at his home in San Marino. He was 75. Peters was the driving force in creating the Children's Health Study, which has followed nearly 1,800 Southern California children since 1993 to determine how their health was affected by varying levels of air pollution. Among other findings, the study showed that short-term exposure to pollutants increases asthma and absences from school, that children living and studying near freeways suffer the worst effects from air pollution and that long-term exposure stunts the growth of the lungs, leading to breathing impairments and other problems in adulthood.
January 18, 2010 | By DeeDee Correll
The Paragon Theatre's artistic director, Warren Sherrill, has thought about staging "Agnes of God" for a while. Problem is, one of the key characters is a psychiatrist who chain-smokes. And in Colorado -- one of 25 states with indoor smoking bans -- actors can't light up on stage. The state Supreme Court last month found the 2006 smoking restriction constitutional, rejecting theater companies' argument that it infringed on their freedom of speech and stifled artistic expression.
February 18, 1987 | PATRICK MOTT
George (Smokey) Bondorff's greatest enemy is exertion. If he does enough physical work to perspire, the 62-year-old retired construction worker may find himself gasping desperately, unable to satisfy his body's craving for air. Even making a bed too vigorously can be an exhausting, frightening experience, he said. You would think that the last thing Bondorff, who suffers from emphysema, would ever want to see in his home would be an exercise video. But two months ago, he starred in one.
June 28, 1997 | ZAHIDA HAFEEZ
The American Lung Assn. of Orange County elected officers and board members at its annual meeting this week. Karen Nelson succeeds attorney Donald P. Wagner as president for a two-year term. Wagner will continue to serve as a board member. Kelly Dosier is first vice president, and Louise Della Bella is second vice president. The board's secretary, Don Brunson, and treasurer, Alex A. Accetta, will continue to serve in those positions.
January 26, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
Glendale got an A on the American Lung Assn.'s annual report card grading local governments' antismoking rules. Glendale is one of 18 California cities and counties - 3% of those surveyed - that received the top score on the “State of Tobacco Control 2014” report released last week. Glendale also moved up in a subcategory - smoke-free housing - from B to A due to new legislation the City Council passed last year, banning smoking in all new apartment and condominium units.
December 4, 1986 | LINK MATHEWSON
Talk about curb service. "Celebrity waiters," participants in a benefit for the American Lung Assn. of Orange County, were nothing less than aggressively helpful at the "Celebrity Waiters Luncheon" on Tuesday. Guests were barely out of their cars in the circular driveway of the Four Seasons Hotel when they were "hit" for beverage orders by the "waiters."
A former nurse who was inspired by her asthmatic daughter to fight lung disease and by her son who has AIDS to become a full-time activist against that deadly disease was honored this week by the American Lung Assn. A panel of judges from throughout the country named Pearl Jemison-Smith the first recipient of the Emily Bissell Lung Health Award, named for the woman whose turn-of-the-century crusade to help tuberculosis sufferers led to the Lung Assn.'s Christmas Seals campaign.
April 27, 2011 | By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
Smog and soot levels have dropped significantly in Southern California over the last decade, but the Los Angeles region still has the highest levels of ozone nationwide, violating federal health standards an average of 137 days a year. The city ranks second in the country, behind Bakersfield, for the highest year-round levels of toxic particles or soot, and fourth in the nation for the number of short-term spikes in soot pollution. The rankings, part of the annual "State of the Air" report by the American Lung Assn., are based on federal and state data, which show that more than 90% of Californians live in counties with unhealthful air. Unlike parts of the East and Midwest, where coal-fired power plants are a primary source of toxic pollution, Southern California's chemical stew is the product of tailpipe emissions from cars and diesel pollution from trucks, trains and ships linked to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
March 2, 2013 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Downtown skyscraper manager Peter Anastassiou knew what steps to take when asked to help with an American Lung Assn. charity event: all 1,391 in his building. His 62-story Aon Center at 707 Wilshire Blvd. will host as many as 800 stair climbers in the group's sixth annual "Fight for Air" fundraising event April 6. Access to most high-rises has been restricted for outsiders since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But Anastassiou opens his stairwells on Tuesdays and Thursdays to people who registered for the event and want to get in shape.
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