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  • Helping Kids with Asthma Prepare for School
    July 28, 2010 - If you have a child with asthma, now is the time to prepare for the start of school. Returning to the school environment always poses challenges to kids with asthma, with the increased exposure to asthma triggers and respiratory infections, like influenza. Children with asthma are at greater risk from influenza. The American Lung Association has tips to help you prepare to go back to school with asthma.
  • New Flu Vaccine Option for Adults 65 Years and Older
    July 26, 2010 - Influenza can have severe consequences for the elderly, including hospitalization and death. Adults 65 years of age and older are among the groups hardest hit by influenza, and annual vaccination remains the best protection, particularly for this population. However, as people age, their immune function tends to decrease, which makes older adults not only more susceptible to infections, but also less responsive to vaccination.
  • U.S. EPA Proposal Will Drive Cleanup of Dirty Power Plants and Save Lives
    July 6, 2010 - The cleanup of power plants is long overdue. Power plant pollution causes tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. These plants are major contributors to particulate pollution and ozone in the East and Midwest. The American Lung Association welcomes today’s proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce power plant pollution across 31 states.
  • Smoking Out a Deadly Threat
    June 29, 2010 - Today, the American Lung Association released its latest health disparity report, Smoking Out a Deadly Threat: Tobacco Use in the LGBT Community, which examines the trend of higher tobacco use among the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community.
  • American Lung Association Testifies for Lung Health in the Military
    June 28, 2010 - American Lung Association Testifies for Lung Health in the Military. Appearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on June 23, Lung Association Board Chair H. James Gooden told lawmakers that "the alarming use of tobacco in the military has severe consequences. It impacts troop readiness, impairs physical capacity, vision and hearing, and increases the chance of physical injury and hospitalization."
  • Lights Out for Light Cigarettes
    June 22, 2010 - On June 22, 2010, so-called “light” cigarettes will finally be snuffed out. This action marks the one year anniversary of the day President Obama signed a law giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate how the tobacco industry packages and advertises tobacco. This is a major victory for public health, which the American Lung Association has fought for, for two decades.
  • Lung Association Seeks Action to Protect Oil Spill Cleanup Workers
    June 4, 2010 - The American Lung Association is very concerned about the respiratory impact on the workers on and near the Gulf from the emissions from the BP oil spill and the cleanup response. The Environmental Protection Agency has been diligent in monitoring and sharing information on the onshore levels of pollution from the spill and cleanup.
  • Lung Association Applauds New SO2 Health Standard
    June 3, 2010 - The American Lung Association applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for sulfur dioxide, the first strengthening of the limits on this dangerous air pollutant in nearly four decades. For the first time, this standard will help curtail the bursts of this noxious gas that spew into communities living next to some of our nation’s oldest, dirtiest polluters, including coal-fired power plants.
  • A World Without Tobacco
    May 27, 2010 - Wouldn’t the world a better place if no one was addicted to tobacco? Imagine a world free of the global tobacco epidemic that threatens the lives of one billion men, women and children during this century. That’s what World No Tobacco Day on Monday, May 31st is all about.
  • Lung Researchers Earn Top Honors from American Thoracic Society
    May 24, 2010 - Robert A. Wise, M.D, the Director of the American Lung Association’s Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Data Coordinating Center, received the American Thoracic Society’s 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award at the society’s International Conference in New Orleans on May 16, for his outstanding contributions to fighting respiratory disease through research, education, patient care, and advocacy.
  • Obama Limits Tailpipe Pollution, Pushes Fuel Efficiency
    May 21, 2010 - On May 21, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum to push the cleanup of dangerous air pollutants, as well as greenhouse gas emissions, from cars and light duty trucks, that threaten the health of tens of millions of Americans including infants, children, seniors and people with asthma and other lung diseases. In addition, the President directed federal agencies to require increased fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions from medium-and heavy-duty trucks. The Memorandum also pushes for increased use of hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • Most states falling short on tobacco policies
    May 20, 2010 - According to a new report released today by the American Lung Association, very few states are funding programs to prevent kids from starting to smoke and help smokers quit at levels that truly make a difference in the number of people that smoke.
  • Fighting for Air – New Generation Introduced to the American Lung Association
    May 13, 2010 - Anyone too young to remember when tuberculosis was an American epidemic, when public places were choked with secondhand smoke, and most cities were shrouded in noxious smog, is probably too young to know that the American Lung Association fought to make all those things better. But that’s all about to change, as a national ad campaign rolls out to introduce a new generation to the American Lung Association and the fight for air.
  • This Mother’s Day, Help Your Mom Go Smokefree
    May 3, 2010 - This Mother’s Day, give your mom the gift that not only lasts a lifetime, but can lead to a longer, healthier lifetime – help her quit smoking. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in America, and its toll on women—including mothers—is tragic. If your mom is a smoker, and wants to quit, why not show your love for her with a gift membership to the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking© Online?
  • America's Cities Show Success Fighting for Air
    April 28, 2010 - The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2010 report finds that a decade of cleanup measures to reductions in emissions from coal-fired powered plants and the transition to cleaner diesel fuels and engines have paid off in cutting levels of deadly particle and ozone pollution, especially in eastern and midwestern U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New York City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Washington, DC/Baltimore, MD.
  • Seven Asthma/COPD Inhalers to be Phased Out
    April 14, 2010 - On April 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the phase out over the next few years of certain kinds of inhaled medications used to treat asthma and COPD. Seven metered-dose inhalers (MDI) used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will be gradually removed from the U.S. marketplace.
  • African Americans and Lung Cancer
    April 13, 2010 - You may be aware that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in America. But did you also know that if you are African American, you are more likely to develop lung cancer than any other population group in the U.S.? A new report by the American Lung Association explores this troubling disparity in lung health and delivers a call to action to end lung cancer’s lopsided toll on African Americans.
  • Breathe Well, Live Well
    April 9, 2010 - “Breathe Well, Live Well is a proven curriculum that uses a small group setting, and gives adults with asthma real hands-on skills, which could save their lives.
  • Obama Signs Law Regulating Online Cigarette Sales
    April 1, 2010 - On March 31st, President Obama signed the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act, legislation to regulate the sale of tobacco products over the Internet and through the mail. This is a dual strike at deceptive practices by Big Tobacco and another legislative victory for the American Lung Association and public health.
  • Lung Association Forges National Agenda for Asthma
    April 1, 2010 - More than 20 million Americans have asthma, and it is the leading chronic illness among children in the U.S. Working with national partners, the American Lung Association has developed a National Asthma Public Policy Agenda, to identify steps that can reduce the burden of asthma. The latest evidence for support of the agenda came with the Agenda’s publication in the December issue of the journal Pediatric Asthma, Allergy and Immunology.
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