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  • 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.
  • New Measures to Protect Public Health from Global Shipping Air Pollution
    March 26, 2010 - The American Lung Association applauds the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization for officially designating waters off the North American coasts as an Emission Control Area, as the U.S. had requested. Now, foreign-flagged vessels that sail within 200 nautical miles of the U.S. coast, or dock at U.S. ports, will be required to use dramatically cleaner fuel and emissions control technology.
  • FDA Takes Action to Protect Kids from Tobacco Addiction
    March 19, 2010 - On March 19 the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products published a new rule to protect kids from tobacco addiction and premature death from tobacco use. The new rule, which becomes effective on June 22 – exactly one year after President Obama signed the historic Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law -- prohibits a wide range of sales, distribution, and marketing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to youth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Confirmed – Secondhand Smoke Causes Heart Attacks
    October 15, 2009 - A new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report has confirmed that exposure to secondhand smoke is a significant cause of heart attacks among nonsmokers. This report underscores the urgency of the American Lung Association’s Smokefree Air Challenge.
  • EPA to Review Standards for Ozone – a Dangerous Air Pollutant
    September 18, 2009 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will reconsider the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone, in response to a court challenge the American Lung Association filed on behalf of the breathing public.
  • Christmas Seals® Recapture Vintage Holiday Magic with a Modern Flair
    September 18, 2009 - This year, American Lung Association Christmas Seals® have recaptured that special feeling with the retro look of old-time Christmas.
  • Hearings Set for Proposed Air Quality Standards for NO2
    July 9, 2009 - Hearings set for August 3rd and 6th will allow concerned citizens to weigh in on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed revisions to the air quality standard for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a potent form of air pollution.
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