News from the American Lung Association in Illinois

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  • Lung Association Response to Proposed Cut of Illinois Tobacco Quitline
    April 10, 2015 - The American Lung Association in Illinois is extremely concerned about Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposal to suspend the grant that funds the Illinois Tobacco Quitline. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline provides crucial support for residents of Illinois that want to quit smoking, and has significantly improved the health of Illinois residents since it first started serving people in 2001. Helping smokers quit also saves the state millions of dollars in healthcare costs making this a truly penny wise and pound foolish decision by Governor Rauner.
  • Lung Association’s Response to New Institute of Medicine Report
    March 12, 2015 - The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report finds that raising the minimum age for legal purchase to at least 21 years old will significantly reduce smoking rates. This report contains important findings that will help inform new policies that the IOM says could prevent about 223,000 deaths among people born between 2000 and 2019, including 50,000 fewer dying from lung cancer, the nation’s leading cancer killer.
  • Elected Officials, Celebs, First Responders, Patients and Thousands More Take on 2,340 Stairs
    March 12, 2015 - U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), along with his Battle Buddies (military veterans) joined David Eigenberg (or Christopher Herrmann on Chicago Fire), dozens of Chicago firefighters, and almost 2,000 other patients, families and athletes for the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s 2015 Fight for Air Climb at Presidential Towers presented by UnitedHealthcare. The event took place on Sunday, March 8 and benefited the Lung Association’s fight against lung disease through research, advocacy and education.
  • Children’s Asthma Management: Partnering to Improve Clinical Training February 26, 2015
  • One Thousand Community Members Stair Climb Suburbs’ Tallest Tower
    February 16, 2015 - Firefighters, police officers, elite climbers, corporate teams and families took to Oakbrook Terrace Tower on Sunday, February 8th as part of the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s 2015 Fight for Air Climb. The event not only gave them an opportunity to challenge themselves physically, but to also raise awareness and funding to improve lung health and research.
  • Chicago Continues to Stand out Nationally, Making Strides in Tobacco Control
    January 21, 2015 - Today, the American Lung Association released its 13th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report. It conveys continued progress in 2014 for Cook County and Chicago, which stand out as two of the areas that are enacting tobacco control policies to save lives and help end the tobacco epidemic. The report finds that unlike Chicago, most cities, states and the federal government earned poor grades, and their tobacco control progress is at a virtual standstill.
  • American Lung Association and UnitedHealthcare Team Up to “Fight for Air”
    December 17, 2014 - The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago today announced UnitedHealthcare as the presenting sponsor of the association’s 2015 Fight for Air Climb at Presidential Towers (555 W. Madison Ave.) on Sunday, March 8.
  • One Thousand Take a Stand against Lung Cancer
    September 29, 2014 - This past Sunday, nearly one thousand people gathered to take a stand against lung cancer and participated in the first-ever LUNG FORCE Walk-Oak Brook, sponsored locally by Northwestern Medicine. The event was unique and festive that will make a difference for lung cancer detection, research and cures.
  • Chicago Park District Goes Smoke Free
    September 10, 2014 - The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago commends the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners for voting today in favor of a resolution authorizing areas controlled by the District to be smoke free. The resolution will create an environment that encourages smokers to quit and discourages kids from ever picking up the habit.
  • 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.