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  • Report: Most State Health Insurance Marketplace Plans Fail to Help Smokers Quit
    March 31, 2015 - If your health insurance plan covers quit-smoking treatments, you are more likely to try to quit and be successful. A new report from the American Lung Association, "State Health Insurance Marketplace Plans: New Opportunities to Help Smokers Quit," finds that the majority of health insurance plans and policymakers are not taking advantage of the chance to help millions of smokers quit.
  • Personalized Medicine: Don't Guess. Test
    January 30, 2015 - We are in an exciting time for cancer treatment, and patients have options that didn't exist just a decade ago. Personalized or precision medicine is an emerging approach to healthcare where treatment is more highly tailored to the biology of the patient.
  • 10 Year Road Map to End Tobacco-Caused Death and Disease January 28, 2015 - We have a plan to kick tobacco-caused death and disease to the curb. It starts with three bold goals and the following key actions that federal, state and local policymakers must take.
  • State of Tobacco Control 2015: Charting a Path Forward to Eliminate Tobacco-Caused Death and Disease
    January 21, 2015 - The American Lung Association has released its 13th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report that found in 2014 states and the federal government failed to pass the tobacco control policies that will save lives and end the tobacco epidemic. Most states earn poor grades and tobacco control progress is at a standstill. However, this year’s report goes beyond grading progress and provides steps the federal government and each state government must take to achieve bold lifesaving goals to eliminate tobacco use.
  • It's Time to Get Serious About Harmful Radon Exposure
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    January 16, 2015 - Joint blog post by Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO, American Lung Association, and Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on strategy to eliminate avoidable radon-induced lung cancer.
  • Protect Your Health: Test Your Home for Radon
    January 5, 2015 - This month, take time to test your home for the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States: radon. It could save your life.
  • Five Secrets for Quitting Smoking in 2015
    December 19, 2014 - Most smokers say they want to quit and many will make a New Year’s Resolution to quit in 2015. If this is your year to quit, the American Lung Association shares five tips to help you on the path to success:
  • Coverage for Lung Cancer Screening Begins January 1
    December 18, 2014 - For the first time ever, starting on January 1, individuals who are at high risk for developing lung cancer may be eligible for screening at no out of pocket cost.
  • What You Need to Know about the Obama Administration’s Ozone Pollution Standards
    November 26, 2014 - On November 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new national ambient air quality standard for ozone, the most widespread air pollutant, and one of the most dangerous. The standards would set the official limit on how much ozone pollution is too much, and help inform the public when the air in their community is dangerous to breathe.
  • American Lung Association Is Proud to Announce our New Research Awards
    November 6, 2014 - The American Lung Association Nationwide Research Program has released its annual Research Awards Nationwide 2014-2015 report that highlights research being supported by the Lung Association through its Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) and its Awards and Grants Program.
  • Treating the Whole You, Not Just Your Lung Disease
    November 5, 2014 - Lung disease can take a toll on a person’s quality of life. Whether you are facing lung cancer, COPD or another type of lung disease, you probably experience physical symptoms and emotional stress that make it harder to keep up with your everyday activities. The good news is that there is a type of care specifically designed to help you feel your best while facing lung disease. Palliative care, sometimes known as supportive care, is a specialty in medicine focused on treating the symptoms, pain and stress that accompany serious illness. It is appropriate from the moment you are diagnosed and throughout the entire course of your illness.
  • Rose's Story: My Battle with Lung Cancer
    October 28, 2014 - November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Rose, a lung cancer survivor, shares why quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to reduce your risk of lung cancer.
  • Depression and Lung Disease
    October 7, 2014 - Anyone who has experience with lung disease knows the strong link between how you feel physically, and how you feel emotionally. . Whether you are facing COPD, lung cancer, asthma or another lung disease, it is not uncommon to feel stressed, anxious or even depressed. Sometimes you might notice you don’t feel like yourself but you are aren’t sure exactly what is bothering you. Undiagnosed depression can make it more difficult to manage your disease and has a large impact on your quality of life.
  • Delivering on a Promise: CVS Steps Up in the Fight Against Tobacco
    September 3, 2014 - Earlier this year, CVS took a bold step – announcing that they would remove all tobacco products from their CVS/pharmacy stores across the country by October 1st, a significant business decision with the health of all Americans at its core. Today, September 3, is a proud moment for those of us in the fight against tobacco, as CVS announced their accelerated timeline to achieve this milestone, almost an entire month earlier than expected.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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 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.
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