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  • 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.
  • Influenza and H1N1 – ALERT for People with Lung Disease and Their Caregivers
    October 16, 2009 - People with lung disease like asthma and COPD are at particular risk to develop serious symptoms from both seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine) flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than half of adults hospitalized with the H1N1 strain of influenza had conditions such as asthma and chronic lung diseases.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kristi Yamaguchi Urges Vaccination to Help Protect Families from Seasonal Influenza
    September 15, 2009 - As national spokesperson for the American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza program, Kristi encourages all families to make sure their loved ones are vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • 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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