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  • 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.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Making Tobacco History
    January 13, 2014 - During the week surrounding the 50th Anniversary of the First Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking, the American Lung Association and other public health organizations issued a bold challenge to the nation: Let’s work together to reduce smoking rates to 10 percent in 10 years. Fifty years into the fight against tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable disease and death in America, it time to make tobacco history by ending the tobacco epidemic for good.
  • Lung Cancer Treatment to Benefit from Voice of Patients
    January 9, 2014 - At the end of December, the FDA released its “Voice of the Patient Report: Lung Cancer”, the latest step inan Initiative focused on better incorporating patient voices in the review and approval process for lung cancer drugs and diagnostics. The American Lung Association is proud to have played a significant role in FDA taking this new, closer look at lung cancer treatment from the patient’s perspective.
  • Five Secrets for Quitting Smoking in 2014
    December 18, 2013 - Most smokers say they want to quit and many will make a New Year’s Resolution to quit in 2014. If this is your year to quit, the American Lung Association shares five tips to help you along the way.
  • Fight for Air with Christmas Seals
    November 12, 2013 - The holiday season is here, and for many, the season just wouldn’t be the same without American Lung Association Christmas Seals®. This holiday season, you can help Christmas Seals again deliver a message of health and hope across America.
  • Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Cancer Deaths
    October 31, 2013 - Outdoor air pollution and particulate matter both cause cancer in humans, according to a recent announcement by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). This broadens other earlier research that found specific air pollutants cause lung and other cancers, and cause premature death, asthma attacks and other harmful health effects.
  • New Lung Cancer Screening Assessment Tool
    October 30, 2013 - With the growing consensus that annual low-dose CT screening should be recommended for individuals at high risk for lung cancer, the American Lung Association has launched an online tool to help users determine whether they meet the guidelines for CT screening for lung cancer.
  • American Lung Association Is Proud to Announce our New Research Awards
    October 24, 2013 - The American Lung Association Nationwide Research Program has released its annual Research Awards Nationwide 2013-2014 report that highlights research being supported by the Lung Association through its Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) and its Awards and Grants Program.
  • Smokers Get Support for the “Quitter in You”
    October 3, 2013 - It’s OK to be a quitter, if what you’re quitting is smoking! The American Lung Association and WellPoint Inc. are encouraging smokers’ efforts to quit for good through the “Quitter in You” campaign.
  • Lung Cancer: Ask the Expert
    August 13, 2013 - A diagnosis of lung cancer brings up many emotions. For this installment of the Ask the Expert series on the American Lung Association’s lung cancer support site Facing Lung Cancer: Support from Day One, we speak with the Reverend Dr. Paula Teague, who explains how she works with lung cancer patients and their families to help them cope with a diagnosis of lung cancer.
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Releases Draft Recommendations on Lung Cancer Screening
    August 6, 2013 - On July 29, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued draft recommendations calling for annual low-dose CT screening for individuals at high risk for lung cancer. High risk is defined as current and former smokers, ages 55-79 years, who have significant cumulative tobacco smoke exposure and have smoked within the last 15 years.
  • Champions of Change Fight for Healthy Air
    July 16, 2013 - On July 9, the White House honored 11 people as “Champions of Change” who are working on the front lines to protect our health in a changing climate. Each of the Champions has taken action to raise awareness about these health consequences and help their communities prepare for climate-related health impacts. Five of the 11 honored, are also champions of the American Lung Association’s mission.
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