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  • EPA Administrator and U.S. Surgeon General speak to Lung Association
    March 17, 2010 - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., spoke to the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association at their meeting on Wednesday, March 16.
  • Does Lung Disease Discriminate?
    March 8, 2010 - Do lung diseases play favorites? Do they target some groups and spare others? It may not be that black and white, but a new report just released by the American Lung Association shows that many lung diseases are indeed more common in diverse populations.
  • Speaking Out For Healthier Air
    March 1, 2010 - You can fight today for healthier air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to lower the nation's official limit on the amount of ozone, also called smog, considered safe to breathe. The EPA has opened a window of opportunity for the public to raise their voice in support of a safer ozone limit. But this critical window is closing fast! EPA will only accept public comments until March 22. Now is the time to tell the EPA how much healthy air means to you and your family.
  • COPD – Helping the Missing Millions
    February 24, 2010 - About 24 million Americans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It’s a staggering number, made more so by the fact that only about half of them have been diagnosed. The rest, some 12 million, are unaware that they are living with a progressive, chronic illness that when detected and treated early enough, can be controlled and its impact on their quality of life minimized. The challenge is finding and helping COPD’s missing millions.
  • Lung Champion - Nicholas Anthonisen, MD, PhD
    January 29, 2010 - The American Lung Association would like to recognize and pay its deepest thanks to one of our most highly respected and valued volunteers for his service and dedication. Dr. Nicholas Anthonisen is a true lung champion.
  • NFL Stars Tackle Asthma
    January 19, 2010 - The Chris Draft Family Foundation (CDFF) and the American Lung Association are working together to recognize families who are tackling asthma. Draft, a 12-year NFL veteran who has battled asthma since college, is joined by a group of other NFL stars to become captains of the CDFF’s Asthma Team™. Together, they will share their own stories of fighting asthma, and join families nationwide to highlight the diversity of the fight against asthma and to inspire those with the disease to keep fighting.
  • Tobacco Control: How Does Your State Rate?
    January 12, 2010 - According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Every breath you take that contains tobacco smoke increases your risk of debilitating and even fatal illness. That’s why tobacco control laws are important. Laws that eliminate workplace smoking, make smoking more expensive or help a smoker quit, ultimately reduces tobacco’s terrible toll on our nation’s health. But what is the federal government doing to protect everyone from tobacco? And how does your state rate, compared to others? The American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control 2009 report has the answers.
  • Lung Association Supports EPA’s Proposed Tighter Ozone Limits
    January 8, 2010 - Statement of the American Lung Association on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone
  • New Tobacco Regulation Law Clears Legal Hurdle
    January 6, 2010 - When President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law last June, it was expected that Big Tobacco would use legal maneuvers to weaken the law’s control over their products.
  • New Freedom From Smoking Online Launched
    December 15, 2009 - The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking (FFS) program has helped thousands of people quit smoking and is considered the gold standard for its clinically proven techniques.
  • American Lung Association Commemorates Century-Old Christmas Seals Tradition
    December 8, 2009 - On Dec. 7, 1907, Emily Bissell sold the first Christmas Seals at a post office in Wilmington, Del., to raise funds to fight tuberculosis. Today, the Christmas Seals campaign by the American Lung Association helps fight lung disease and advocates for clean air. To commemorate the occasion, an actress (Mary Duffy) portraying Emily Bissell distributes Christmas Seals outside a New York City post office.
  • Lung Cancer Breakthrough
    December 2, 2009 - American Lung Association research has made an important discovery in the treatment of lung cancer.
  • Children with Asthma at Greater Risk from H1N1
    November 24, 2009 - Children with asthma are at greater risk to develop serious symptoms from H1N1 (swine) flu than from seasonal flu, according to a new study. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a new Canadian study found that children hospitalized with H1N1 were more likely to have asthma (22%) compared to children hospitalized with seasonal flu (6%). However, severity of asthma did not seem to affect risk for H1N1.
  • Study Provides Breakthrough in Diagnosis of Chronic Sinonasal Disease
    November 20, 2009 - A new study conducted by the American Lung Association's Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) has identified a simple, five-item questionnaire, based on the frequency of nasal symptoms, to accurately screen for sinonasal disease.
  • Alert to Congress – Medicaid Cessation Coverage Works
    November 20, 2009 - On November 18, Massachusetts released a study showing that comprehensive cessation programs have saved lives and money. This study comes at a time the U.S. Senate is debating health care reform, including whether or not to cover smoking cessation for Medicaid recipients. This report should make this decision clear: comprehensive cessation services should be included in the final health care reform legislation.
  • EPA Proposes New Standard for Air Pollutant
    November 17, 2009 - On November 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new limits on the toxic air pollutant sulfur dioxide in the outdoor air. This health standard has not been revised since 1971.
  • Helping Smokers Quit: State Cessation Coverage
    November 10, 2009 - Quitting smoking is not easy, but there are many tools that can help smokers succeed. A new American Lung Association report finds that many smokers don't have access to all the treatments that can help them quit – and policymakers can help fix this in the health care reform process.
  • November is COPD Awareness Month
    November 9, 2009 - Did you know that COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.? Or that it affects more than 12 million Americans? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis – is a term used to describe the obstruction of airflow. As part of our commitment to lung health, the American Lung Association has created new tools for COPD patients and partnering with others to help people with COPD live healthier, more active lives.
  • November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month
    November 9, 2009 - Lung Cancer is a tragic disease that takes a terrible toll on those with the disease, as well as their loved ones. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. In fact, more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.
  • American Lung Association Urges “Faces” of Influenza to Help Prevent Seasonal Flu by Getting Vaccinated
    November 4, 2009 - The American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza campaign, now in its fourth year, is designed to help Americans see themselves as “faces” of influenza – those who are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to get vaccinated every year.
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