American Lung Association Honors Westin Hotels & Resorts(R) for Going Smoke-Free

NEW YORK, NY — (MARKET WIRE) — 02/22/2006 — On February 21, 2006 the American Lung Association presented Westin Hotel & Resorts with a Lung Champion award recognizing the smoke-free environment that’s being created for its guests and employees. As of January 2006 Westin became the first major hotel brand, with 77 hotels in the United States and Canada, to go smoke-free throughout its hotels, including guestrooms. The American Lung Association Lung Champion award is given to individuals and businesses that demonstrate a priority in lung health.

“Our focus is on the welfare of our guests and providing an environment in which they and our associates can be personally renewed,” said Sue Brush, Senior Vice President of Westin Hotels & Resorts. “A smoke-free hotel is a response to the strong preferences of our guests. We are committed to offering them a healthy retreat from the rigors of the road, so it just makes sense to offer them the healthiest, cleanest environment possible so they can relax, renew and refresh. We’re honored that an organization the caliber of the American Lung Association recognizes this effort. We certainly applaud their efforts to prevent lung disease and promote lung health.”

Comprehensive state level smoke-free air laws have become more acceptable in the past few years banning smoking in public workplaces including restaurants and bars. This trend has slowly begun to shift towards industries not regulated by state laws such as the hospitality industry in an effort to further protect the health of all citizens.

“Westin Hotels & Resorts has truly taken initiative in passing this policy nationwide,” said John L. Kirkwood, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “They have recognized the importance of improving quality of life for their guests. We applaud them for going smoke-free and setting a high standard.”

Other past Lung Champion awardees include “The Dr. Phil Show” for their powerful segment focused on quitting smoking and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” for working with families facing serious medical conditions to improve their home’s indoor air quality.

About the American Lung Association

Beginning our second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association is “Improving life, one breath at a time.” For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log on to

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts, with 121 hotels and resorts in 31 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (NYSE: HOT). Starwood Hotels & Resorts is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 850 properties in more than 95 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood® Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points® by Sheraton, W®, Le Méridien® and the recently announced Aloft(SM). Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit

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