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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lung Association Marks World TB Day
    March 23, 2010 - The American Lung Association marks World Tuberculosis Day, March 24, by urging Congress to continue our efforts in global leadership in eradicating this infectious disease. Each year, more than 9 million people become ill with TB, and almost 2 million people die. TB is predicted to kill millions more in the next decade.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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