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  • Red Carriage Takes Fight for Clean Air to Capitol
    March 29, 2012 - On March 28, the American Lung Association’s Red Carriage rolled to Capitol Hill to take the fight for clean air right to Congress’s doorstep. More than 100 doctors, nurses, clean air advocates and American Lung Association staff and volunteers from 34 states gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to show their support for clean air protections.
  • New Poll: Public Wants EPA to Do More to Reduce Air Pollution
    March 21, 2012 - The American Lung Association's new bipartisan survey shows the American people support the Clean Air Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to update and enforce clean air standards, including carbon and mercury emissions from power plants.
  • Fighting Fire with Fire to Reduce Smoking
    March 15, 2012 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a major new media campaign "Tips from Former Smokers" to drive home the message about the disastrous health effects of tobacco use. It profiles real people who are living with smoking-related diseases, including amputations from Buerger's disease, throat cancer, stroke, heart attack and asthma.
  • Report: We Can Cut Youth Tobacco Use in Half
    March 9, 2012 - The U.S. Surgeon General has released a new report on tobacco use and its message is powerful: We can cut youth tobacco use in half in just six years - but only if U.S. states put in place policies and programs proven to reduce tobacco use.
  • New Help for Meeting Lung Health Costs
    February 27, 2012 - A partnership between the American Lung Association and the Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE) is making it easier to find out if help is available to assist with those medical costs.
  • Quitting Smoking Brings Quick Health Benefits
    February 17, 2012 - According to a new study among college students who smoked and did not have chronic respiratory illness, coughing and other respiratory symptoms improved within weeks of quitting smoking.
  • The Year in Tobacco Control
    January 19, 2012 - The American Lung Association's tenth annual State of Tobacco Control report chronicles a frustrating mix of progress and backsliding as it monitors progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state levels.
  • New Mercury and Air Toxics Standards: Historic Victory for Healthier Air
    December 22, 2011 - Standards to clean up mercury and other toxic emissions from coal- and oil- fired power plants, announced on Wednesday December 21 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mark an historic victory for healthier air in the United States. These new standards, which Congress first required EPA to set more than 21 years ago, will save lives and improve the health and development of millions, especially children.
  • Strike Three for Tobacco in MLB
    December 15, 2011 - In a victory for the health of players and millions of young fans who look up to them, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the players' union have taken the historic first steps to get tobacco out of the old ballgame.
  • Seven Tips to Successfully Quit Smoking in the New Year
    December 14, 2011 - As the New Year approaches, the American Lung Association is offering seven tips and resources that have helped thousands of people give up smoking for good.
  • Is Your State “Quit-Friendly” for Smokers?
    December 7, 2011 - When it comes to helping smokers quit, not all states are created equal. Does your state do enough to help smokers quit, and how does it compare to others? The Lung Association has the answer.
  • Paying it Forward this Holiday Season
    November 23, 2011 - Each year, millions of generous people donate their time and money to support the American Lung Association. This holiday season, as a small token of appreciation, the American Lung Association has partnered with to offer its supporters and volunteers a complimentary $10 eGift card for a dining experience of their choice.
  • American Lung Association Capitalizes on the Promise of Research
    November 17, 2011 - The American Lung Association Nationwide Research Program has recently released its Research Awards Nationwide 2011-2012 report that highlights research supported by the American Lung Association through its Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) and its Awards and Grants Program.
  • Defending Cigarette Graphic Warning Labels
    November 10, 2011 - On November 7, a U.S. District Court Judge made a shocking ruling that blocks the FDA from moving forward with placing graphic warning labels on cigarette packs these labels. The American Lung Association strongly disagrees with this ruling, which presents a direct and immediate threat to public health.
  • Star Anika Noni Rose Speaks Out for Christmas Seals
    October 19, 2011 - The holiday season is here, and for many, the season just wouldn’t be the same without American Lung Association Christmas Seals®. This year, Broadway, film and television star Anika Noni Rose is sharing the story of her struggle with asthma to support Christmas Seals and their century old fight against lung disease.
  • Making the Case for Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing
    September 30, 2011 - For people who live in multi-unit housing properties such as apartment buildings and condominiums, a building- or property-wide smokefree policy is crucial to protecting everyone from secondhand smoke’s harmful effects. The American Lung Association has developed Smokefree Policies in Multi-Unit Housing: Steps for Success, to help efforts to adopt smokefree multi-unit housing policies.
  • U.S. Smoking Rates Improve - States Must Do More
    September 21, 2011 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that U.S. adult smoking rates decreased between 2005 and 2010. Despite this encouraging news, the American Lung Association urges that more must be done at the state level to prevent this progress from back-sliding.
  • Healthy Air Call-in Day: Join the Fight for Clean Air on Sept. 20
    September 20, 2011 - On Tuesday, Sept. 20, participate in Healthy Air Call-in Day and join thousands of others from across the United States who care about the air we breathe. Call your members of Congress and ask them to support clean and healthy air and to oppose weakening the Clean Air Act.
  • Congress returns with Clean Air Act in its sights
    August 30, 2011 - Congress returns in September and the fight for Healthy Air resumes. The leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives announced plans to roll back many protections of the Clean Air Act, while some in the Senate will join in. With your help, the American Lung Association will continue to fight back and protect this critical public health law.
  • Hurricanes and Flooding: Protecting Your Health
    August 26, 2011 - Hurricanes or flooding may threaten your family or your home. While cleaning up you’ll want to protect your family, especially if someone has lung disease, from the many indoor and outdoor air pollutants and other health threats that can appear. The American Lung Association has assembled information and resources to help you weather the storm.
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