An Across-the-Board Attack on Your Lungs

(February 26, 2013)

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Think the sequester will spare your lungs? Don't hold your breath! Here are ways the across-the-board budget cuts will leave you breathless.

You may not "feel" the impact these sweeping budget cuts will have on your lung health immediately, but the affects will be direct, personal, and for some, deadly.

Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. All of us have been and will be touched in some way by the tragic toll of diseases like lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and others. Now we risk losing ground in our long fight against these diseases.

Investments in vital public health programs help guard against asthma attacks, illness, premature deaths, lost work and school days. Protecting health and saving lives helps curb health care costs, and safeguards those that bear the heaviest burden but can afford it the least, like the elderly and our kids.

Don't hold your breath waiting for the sequester to pass you by – take action now. Let Congress know that our lungs don't need to go off the fiscal cliff.