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  • LUNG FORCE Lung Cancer Call-In Day – 9/4/14
    September 2, 2014 - Lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of both women and men in the United States, must be a national priority. With one of the highest incidence rates and one of the lowest survival rates, lung cancer desperately needs more research for early detection, treatment and cures. On September 4th, we are taking action to reverse this trend, and increase funding for lung cancer research.
  • Adults Need Vaccinations Too
    August 26, 2014 - August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Many adults think they no longer need immunizations—as a result, a significant number of adults are not current on vaccinations that can protect their health and prevent serious illnesses. That’s why the American Lung Association is working with Pfizer to help dispel the myth that vaccines are just for children.
  • Our Mission in Action: Implementation of the Tobacco Control Act
    August 21, 2014 - Reducing illness and death caused by tobacco use is central to the American Lung Association’s mission. Federal tobacco regulations must be robust to help reduce tobacco use across the nation. When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed its “deeming rule” that would extend oversight to previously unregulated tobacco products including e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco and other products, the American Lung Association and partner health organizations provided detailed comments to guide the FDA to a decision that will best protect the public health.
  • Prepare to Go Back to School with Asthma
    July 25, 2014 - It’s back-to-school time already! Getting your child ready to start school is always easier when you have a plan, especially if your child has asthma. The American Lung Association’s Back-to-School with Asthma Checklist offers easy-to-follow steps to help you child start the school year healthy and ready to learn.
  • Is Your State Helping Smokers Quit?
    July 22, 2014 - With more than 8 million Americans accessing new health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has never been a more crucial time for policymakers and insurance plans to act to save lives–and public dollars—by expanding and easing access to tools and treatments to help smokers quit. According to the American Lung Association’s “Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2014” report, released on July 22, many lives and billions of state and federal dollars – including over $800 million in Medicaid spending – could be saved by ensuring that coverage under the ACA comprehensively helps smokers end their nicotine addiction.
  • My First Cigarette, and My Last
    May 30, 2014 - In recognition of World No Tobacco Day, The American Lung Association offers this guest column, written by Academy Award winning actor Kirk Douglas, titled “My First Cigarette, and My Last.”
  • Staying in Control of Your Asthma
    May 29, 2014 - Are you having trouble doing everyday tasks like household chores, walking up stairs, playing with your kids? Do you have side effects from your asthma medicines? Are you following a treatment plan, but still can’t seem to catch your breath? These are three good reasons to follow-up with your health care provider. Controlling asthma means taking your medication correctly, as directed and changing things in your life that make your asthma worse.
  • Clinical Trials and Lung Cancer: Is it the right decision for you?
    May 28, 2014 - Clinical trials contribute to advances in lung cancer and may be a good option for certain people facing lung cancer. Unfortunately, lung cancer clinical trial enrollment rates are very low. Why is this? One reason is that people are simply unaware of trials that are available. Others may be nervous about clinical trials and don’t know the right questions to ask. Or they may be waiting for their doctor to bring it up. Lung cancer clinical trials are often misunderstood by the public. Many people think that enrolling in a clinical trial means they risk not getting any treatment or just being a “guinea pig”, neither of which are true. Lung cancer clinical trials are carefully monitored research studies. People who take part in clinical trials for lung cancer receive up-to-date care from experts.
  • American Lung Association Asthma Research in the News – Is it Time for you to Get Involved?
    May 21, 2014 - Each year, the American Lung Association funds research that leads to improved treatments and, one day, may pave the way to a cure for asthma. Whether this is through basic laboratory research or clinical trials, asthma research is on the doorstep of numerous medical discoveries that promise a healthier future for those with asthma.
  • American Lung Association Teams Up with Valerie Harper, Kellie Pickler and CVS Caremark to Launch LUNG FORCE, a Nationwide Initiative to Fight Lung Cancer in Women
    May 13, 2014 - If you didn’t know that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women, in America, you’re not alone. To change that and tackle this women’s health crisis, the American Lung Association has unveiled LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.
  • Making the Connection – Asthma and Air Quality
    May 5, 2014 - Clean air is an important health concern for all of us. But when you have asthma, air quality indoors and out can make all the difference in the world. Car exhaust, smoke, road dust and factory emissions can make outdoor air dangerous, while tobacco smoke, fragrances, dust, molds, cockroaches, pet dander and household or workplace chemicals are just a few of the indoor hazards. For the nearly 26 million Americans with asthma, including 7 million children, unhealthy air can create a difficult barrier to asthma management. Although asthma can’t be cured, it can be controlled. The Lung Association is here to help you breathe easier by making the connection between air quality - indoor and out - and your asthma.
  • “State of the Air” – Half of U.S. Live with Unhealthy Air
    April 30, 2014 - The American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report finds half of Americans still live in counties where ozone or particle pollutions levels make the air unhealthy to breathe. The 15th annual national report card shows that while the nation overall continued to reduce particle pollution, a pollutant recently found to cause lung cancer, poor air quality remains a significant public health concern and a changing climate threatens to make it harder to protect human health. Especially alarming is that levels of ozone (smog), a powerful respiratory irritant and the most widespread air pollutant, were much worse than in the previous year’s report.
  • What do YOU think of Lung Cancer?
    April 22, 2014 - What do you think of when someone says lung cancer? Unfortunately, there is a stigma associated with lung cancer that plays a major role in the lung cancer experience for most people facing this disease. Stigma not only affects the patient experience, it negatively impacts every facet of the lung cancer problem, from reduced funding for research to poor quality of life and low survival rate.
  • Saluting Our Volunteers
    April 11, 2014 - April 6 - 12 marked National Volunteer Week. The American Lung Association would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers for their contributions to the American Lung Association. We also want to recognize the exceptional volunteers who are the recipients of our annual Volunteer Awards. Each one represents, in their own special way, what it means to selflessly give to make our lifesaving mission a reality.
  • Spring Forward by Reducing your Asthma & Allergy Triggers
    March 27, 2014 - With springtime upon us, many look ahead with excitement to warmer weather, flowers in bloom, and more hours of daylight. Although for some, these signs of spring also bring the common frustrations associated with asthma and allergies. Don't let asthma and allergy symptoms control your life! Keep these helpful hints from the American Lung Association in mind as you enjoy the budding new season.
  • Lucy and Ethel Help Judy Fight for Healthier Air
    March 13, 2014 - Judy Weimer might raise some eyebrows when she says, “Lucy and Ethel gave me a new lease on life.” But she’s not referring to the old, “I Love Lucy” show. “Lucy” and “Ethel” are the names she’s given to the healthy new lungs she received in a double-transplant four years ago. And it’s because of these new lungs that Judy joined other American Lung Association volunteers and advocates to fight for and win the new, life-saving cleaner gasoline and vehicle standards that were just announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • The Real Faces of Lung Cancer: One Woman's Journey to Survive
    February 25, 2014 - The American Lung Association shares the story of Janet Freeman-Daily from Seattle, Washington. She is a stage 4 lung cancer survivor and advocate in the fight against lung cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, Janet had no family history of the disease and led an active and healthy lifestyle. Her story is one of perseverance and finding a new path after her diagnosis with this life-changing disease.
  • CVS Caremark Pulling Tobacco Products - A Public Health Game-Changer
    February 21, 2014 - With CVS Caremark's announcement yesterday that they will no longer sell tobacco products, including cigarettes, at all CVS/pharmacy locations, the company took a bold step. They have decided to prioritize the health and well-being of current and future customers and employees. We at the American Lung Association commend company leaders for this decision and we urge more retailers to join in efforts to help reduce access to tobacco and tobacco use, and eliminate tobacco-caused deaths and disease.
  • Asthma and Olympic Athletes
    February 7, 2014 - Find out which American athletes with asthma are competing in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The American Lung Association can help you be active with asthma.
  • End the Tobacco Epidemic: Enough is Enough
    January 27, 2014 - A message from Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association. The facts are sobering: each year almost half a million Americans die from tobacco-related diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease and stroke. And smoking remains the main cause of lung cancer – the #1 cancer killer of men and women. The U.S. must take further steps to end an epidemic that lingers on despite a half century of progress.
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