Lung Association Congratulates Tobacco Control Educator Carol Meschkow on being named a NYS Senate Woman of Distinction

Meschkow honored at a special ceremony in Albany on May 15

(May 14, 2012)

The American Lung Association of the Northeast congratulated Carol Meschkow, Nassau Project Coordinator for the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island (TAC), on being named a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. TAC is a community partnership that works to establish smoke-free policies and educate the community about tobacco control issues.  The program is funded through a grant from the Department of Health to the American Lung Association. Meschkow, who resides in Plainview, was named a Woman of Distinction by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) who said she was selected from “a number of excellent nominees.”

According to the Senate, the “Women of Distinction” program was created in 1998 to honor New York women who exemplify personal excellence or whose professional achievements or acts of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.  As an honoree, Meschkow will participate in a May 15 ceremony that will be held in the state’s Legislative Office Building where her photograph and biography will be on display and will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the contributions of exemplary New York State women. 

“Carol is a tireless advocate and has long been a great asset to the American Lung Association, the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island, and her community,” said Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.   “We’re incredibly proud that she has been chosen to receive this tremendous honor. The work that Carol does every day to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco and secondhand smoke is helping to save lives.”

 “Carol is very dedicated to improving the health of our communities.  She works hard to further tobacco control policies in Nassau County and is well deserving of this honor,” said Susan Kennedy, Director of the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Long Island.

 In addition to her work with the Tobacco Action Coalition at the Lung Association, Ms. Meschkow founded Concerned Citizens of Plainview-Old Bethpage (CCPOBC) to formalize and strengthen grassroots efforts to educate, cultivate and sustain community unity in relation to environmental threats.  She holds an MPA in Public Health Administration, a New York State Teachers License as a Health Educator and a New York State Real Estate Sales License.

"I'm extremely pleased to have selected Carol Meschkow to be my 'Woman of Distinction' for 2012," said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). "Her activities in many local organizations and dedication to helping others speaks volumes. As the Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, I well know Carol's work with the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island, and her leadership in having anti-smoking policies, second-hand smoke prevention, and tobacco education, has been truly exemplary. She is truly a Woman of Distinction."

“It truly is an honor to be selected for this award along with so many other accomplished women from throughout the state,” said Carol Meschkow. “I am extremely privileged to have the opportunity to work daily, either through my civic pursuits or on the job, addressing important public health issues that I feel so passionate about that protect our communities, the environment, and our next generation from the dangers of tobacco. I am deeply touched, and am most appreciative to Senator Hannon for this distinction.”