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Mission Moment October - 2015

(October 14, 2015)

One of the most important events of the past month was the long-awaited announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of new standards for ozone pollution (smog). Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from the past month.

NEW OZONE STANDARDS
On Oct 1, the EPA announced stronger ozone pollution limits that will reduce pollution and help protect public health. Ozone pollution is a major and invisible component of smog that irritates and inflames the respiratory system, and can increase the need for people with lung diseases, like children with asthma, to receive medical treatment. It can also lead to premature death. Although the updated ozone standard is not as strong as we wanted, it is an important step forward. Unfortunately, some members of Congress are already working to dismantle the updated limit, so our fight for healthy air continues.

NEW WEBSITE
If you’re reading this, you’ve already gotten a taste of our exciting new website! We’re proud to offer all our tools resources, information and engagement opportunities to supporters like you in the attractive and user-friendly new format. Please take some time, explore and enjoy the new Lung.org!

Who Pneu?TM
This September the American Lung Association, in partnership with Pfizer, launched Who Pneu?TM, a public awareness campaign encouraging Baby Boomers and aging Gen X-ers to understand their personal risk for pneumococcal pneumonia — a serious lung disease that can be spread by coughing and sneezing. Learn more.

LUNG FORCE
Looking for new ways to show your support of our LUNG FORCE movement? Add a little turquoise to your life with apparel, jewelry, accessories and more at our LUNG FORCE E-Store.

There are many LUNG FORCE events happening this fall season!  Join a LUNG FORCE Walk near you, or attend a LUNG FORCE Expo.  Expos offer a day-long education and networking experience for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer and other lung diseases. See if there is an upcoming Expo in your area.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month begins November 1st. As a loyal supporter, we’re hoping you will partner with us to heighten awareness around lung cancer and end the stigma surrounding this disease. How?

NEW LUNG HEALTH VIDEOS
We recently released a series of new web videos for individuals living with a lung disease.  These videos were created to help patients better manage their lung disease through properly using their medication and breathing techniques. The videos, available in both English and Spanish, include How to Properly Use a Nebulizer, How to Properly Clean a NebulizerPursed Lip Breathing and Belly Breathing and are available on the Lung Association’s YouTube channel as well as on Lung.org/COPD.

TOBACCO CESSATON
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a new recommendation on tobacco cessation, affirming the importance of tobacco users having access to counseling and medications that will help them quit. This is important, because it sets an effective standard for cessation services. The American Lung Association led national partners in submitting comments regarding the draft of this recommendation, and the Task Force responded to several of our comments in their final recommendation.

RESEARCH APPLICATIONS
So far, we’ve had a great response to our call for research grant applications. We have received 68 letters of intent for our Lung Cancer Discovery Program, 17 for our new Lung Cancer in Women Award and 34 letters of intent for our  Airways Clinical Research Centers Network.  The best among these will be selected to move forward to a full application process. We are still accepting applications for our allergic respiratory diseases, fellowship, dissertation and research grants awards. These are due on December 15, 2015.

Everything we do is made possible because of our great supporters, like you! The lifesaving work that is carried out by American Lung Association staff and volunteers is only possible because so many generous donors across the country believe in our mission and support us through their donations. If you would like to become more involved, we always have opportunities for those who share our passion for lung health to join in our work.

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