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EACH Breath: a Blog by the American Lung Association

Breathing is essential to life, and through this blog, we hope to illustrate the importance of lung health. Hear directly from experts, researchers, staff and volunteers about our ongoing fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.

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  • My Quit Story
    January 8, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Dorothy’s been a smoker for 42 years, and while she’s tried to quit before, she’s ready to take charge of her health and drop the habit for good. In six different posts, originally appearing on QuittersCircle.com, Dorothy shares her journey to becoming a quitter in the My Quit Story series. Follow along as she ditches cigarettes for good.

Recent Articles

  • What You Need to Know About Your Wood-Burning Stove and Heater
    January 16, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Thinking of curling up with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book in front of a roaring fire? Indoor wood-burning stoves and heaters may have a quaint and traditional feel, but they produce harmful toxins that can damage your lungs and air quality indoors and outdoors.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • A Homeowner’s Guide: Steps to Test & Reduce Your Exposure to Radon
    January 11, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    When it comes to owning a home, there are a litany of “honey do’s” but there is one item on the list you should not miss: a radon test. If you aren’t familiar with radon, here’s the scoop.
  • My Quit Story: Replacing Cigarettes with Food
    January 8, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    I smoked for 41 years when I decided to quit, those first weeks came with some pretty intense smoking cravings. To beat them, I needed to keep my hands moving and that meant eating. Food became my replacement for smoking.
  • My Quit Story: It’s Quit Day
    January 8, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    I was ready to quit smoking before my Quit Day. Once I convinced myself that I was going to stop smoking, there was no turning back.
  • My Quit Story: The First Week
    January 8, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    So I’ve officially quit smoking! And the first week of not smoking, well, it's tough. Smoking had become part of my routine – it was the first thing I did when I woke up in the morning – that I had sometimes had to remind myself that I don’t smoke anymore.
  • My Quit Story: I Started Smoking at 15
    January 8, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    I began smoking for one simple reason: everyone around me did it. Both my parents were heavy smokers. I started smoking at 15, sneaking cigarettes from them when they weren't looking.
  • My Quit Story: It's Time to Quit Smoking for Good
    January 8, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    So here's the truth: this is not my first time quitting smoking. As a smoker for 42 years, I've tried to quit a few times – sometimes for months at a time – but I always found a reason to light up again.
  • My Quit Story: Finding Support
    January 8, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It feels like I quit smoking years ago, but really it's been just a few weeks. Quitting was hard at first, but the cravings got easier to handle day by day. I can now go a full day before wanting a cigarette – which feels like a huge accomplishment.
  • Spotlight on Success: How Knoxville Dramatically Reduced Ozone Smog and Became a Cleaner, Healthier City
    December 20, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    When the American Lung Association's Annual "State of the Air" report first landed in the news in 2000, the media interest around the report exploded in Knoxville, Tennessee, which the report ranked as the 12th most ozone-polluted city in the U.S.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air

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