News from the American Lung Association in Illinois

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  • Lung Association Lauds Governor Quinn for Signing Smoke Free Campus Act
    August 18, 2014 - The American Lung Association in Illinois applauds the Illinois State Legislature and Governor Pat Quinn for passing and signing the Illinois Smoke Free Campus Act, sponsored by Illinois State Senator Terry Link and Illinois State Representative Ann Williams.
  • Lung Association to Award Mayor Emanuel, City of Chicago for Historic Year in Tobacco Control Initiatives
    August 7, 2014 - This evening, the American Lung Association of Greater Chicago will honor Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago at the Association’s 2014 Impact Awards Reception at Holland & Knight from 5:30-7pm (131 S. Dearborn St, 30th Fl., Chicago, IL 60603).
  • New Law to Benefit Kids with Asthma, Potentially Save Lives
    July 30, 2014 - The American Lung Association in Illinois applauds the Illinois State Legislature and Governor Pat Quinn for amending School Code and signing HB5892 which was sponsored by Illinois State Representative Michelle Mussman and Illinois State Senator Andy Manar.
  • Lung Association Report: Affordable Care Act Offers Illinois Opportunities to Save Lives, Money by Helping Smokers Quit
    July 22, 2014 - With more than 8 million Americans now accessing health insurance through new options in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has never been a more crucial time for policymakers and insurance plans to act to save lives–and public dollars—by expanding and easing access to tools and treatments to help smokers quit, according to the American Lung Association’s “Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2014” report. Released today, the annual report notes that many lives and billions of state and federal dollars– including over $800 million in Medicaid spending –could be saved by ensuring that coverage under the ACA comprehensively helps smokers end their nicotine addiction.
  • Northwestern Medicine, Lung Association Join Forces to Fight Lung Disease
    July 15, 2014 - The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago announces a comprehensive partnership with Northwestern Medicine to stand together as leaders in the fight against lung cancer and for women’s lung health.
  • Chicago Department of Public Health Receives National Honors for Tobacco Control Efforts
    July 9, 2014 - The Chicago Department of Public Health was honored at the 2014 annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) with NACCHO’s “Local Health Department of the Year Award.” The award recognizes and honors the outstanding accomplishments of three health departments — a small, medium, and large local health department — for their innovation, creativity, and impact on their community.
  • Cyclists Fight for Lung Disease Research Funding in Multiday Ride
    June 16, 2014 - Nearly 150 cyclists hit the pavement this past weekend (June 13-15) through northern Illinois’ scenic farmlands and Wisconsin’s rolling hills this weekend for up to 150 miles as part of the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s 2014 Fight for Air Ride.
  • Chicago Reception Launches Lung Force Movement
    May 29, 2014 - City of Chicago representatives, as well as members from the medical and corporate community joined the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago on May 14 at the Swissotel for the inaugural Chicago Lung Force Kick-off Reception.
  • Lung Association Ignites Movement in Fight Against #1 Cancer Killer of Women May 13, 2014 - It’s a fact: every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is told she has lung cancer. That’s why the American Lung Association is proud to launch LUNG FORCE, a national health education movement with a singular mission to unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health.
  • ‘Compete for a Cure’ Raises Thousands for Lung Cancer Research
    May 5, 2014 - After only its fifth annual event that took place this past Sunday, May 4, the Compete for a Cure event has raised now raised a total $80,000 in honor of Pam Stern, who passed away from lung cancer in 2010. The event, an annual co-ed basketball and volleyball tournament that raises funds for special education and lung cancer research, was held in Champaign, Ill. at Oak and Stadium fields.
  • State of the Air 2014: Cook County Air Quality Worsening
    April 30, 2014 - The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2014” report released today shows that Cook County has seen no change in year-round particle pollution (soot) levels compared to the 2013 report. This is in spite of a trend seen across the nation of lower particle pollution levels. Cook County has also experienced more unhealthy days of high ozone (smog) and more days when short-term particle pollution has reached unhealthy levels. Metropolitan Chicago ranked as the 14th-most polluted city in the nation for short-term particle pollution, 20th-most polluted for annual particle pollution and 20th-most ozone polluted, all worse rankings than last year’s report.
  • Long Awaited FDA Proposal to Regulate E-Cigarettes, Cigars and Other Tobacco Products is an Important Step Forward for Public Health
    April 24, 2014 - Today, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products issued its long-awaited proposal to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. The proposed regulation would give FDA basic oversight authority over these unregulated products and require manufacturers to register with FDA; disclose their products’ ingredients to the agency; and would prohibit tobacco companies from making health claims without FDA review. The proposed regulation would also establish 18 as the nationwide minimum age for the legal purchase of tobacco products.
  • Chicago Youth Smoking Drops More than 50 Percent in 12 Years
    April 15, 2014 - Amid the 50-year anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report linking tobacco use to deadly diseases like lung cancer, new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that comprehensive tobacco control is affecting youth smoking in Chicago.
  • Lung Association Applauds Attorney General Madigan for Urging Major Retailers to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
    March 17, 2014 - The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago applauds Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan who is one of the attorneys general in 28 states and territories that are asking five major U.S. retailers to stop selling tobacco products in stores that also have pharmacies.
  • Celebrities, First Responders, Lung Disease Patients and Thousands More Take on Chicago’s Biggest Climb
    March 10, 2014 - Anticipation, excitement, cheers and tears filled Chicago’s biggest residential property on Sunday, March 9 as stair climbers accomplished their goal all in support of healthy air and healthy lungs.
  • Chicago Fire, Chicago PD Cast to Climb Presidential Towers
    March 8, 2014 - Two of NBC's hit shows, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD will be represented at Chicago’s biggest stair climb this Sunday morning, March 9 in support of healthy lungs and healthy air. It’s all part of the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s 2014 Fight for Air Climb at Presidential Towers. Details for the event are below.
  • Thousands Take on Chicago’s Biggest Stair Climb this Sunday
    March 7, 2014 - This Sunday morning (March 9th), more than 1,700 people will climb 2,340 steps and 180 floors as part of the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s 2014 Fight for Air Climb at Presidential Towers (555 W. Madison Ave.). Click here to request media passes to the event.
  • Lung Association Applauds New Life-Saving Cleaner Gasoline, Vehicle Standards
    March 4, 2014 - The American Lung Association in Illinois applauds the Obama Administration for issuing the final cleaner gasoline and vehicle standards, also known as the Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Standards. By significantly reducing tailpipe pollution from motor vehicles, as well as sulfur content in gasoline, the national standards will result in cleaner air and improved public health for residents of Illinois.
  • One Thousand Climbers Hit the Hilton Springfield for Healthy Air, Lungs
    March 4, 2014 - At only two-years-old, Tucker Brown now sports a medal that many his age don’t have and owns bragging rights for accomplishing a challenge many older than him have yet to tackle.
  • Stage 4 Lung Cancer Patient to Climb Presidential Towers
    March 3, 2014 - Meghan O’Brien was a healthy, physically active young woman and had just landed her dream job as a physical education teacher with Chicago Public Schools. She never smoked a day in her life but in September of 2012, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.