American Lung Association in Washington Awarded $100,000 Grant to Improve Lung Health
(October 16, 2015)
SEATTLE – The American Lung Association in Washington was recently awarded a $100,000 grant by the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe in support of the non-profit organization’s tireless efforts to improve lung health throughout the state of Washington.
This grant will directly fund youth tobacco prevention and smoking cessation efforts within Washington State.;
Lung health continues to be a significant issue for Americans and tobacco is a serious challenge for Washington residents. The grant will directly fund anti-smoking messaging designed to counter tobacco marketing efforts found within the state of Washington. The CDC cites advocacy and education programs as the most effective tobacco prevention method for young people.
This donation will also support the Climb for Clean Air program which is designed to raise money for lung health education and research in Washington.
According to Matt DeGooyer, the Executive Director with the American Lung Association in Washington, “This generous grant from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe will directly benefit the citizens of Washington. The work we do will fund youth education programs, help adults and teens quit smoking, while countering the influential and damaging marketing campaigns regularly directed at our state via the tobacco industry.” DeGooyer added, “Our Lung Association teams, volunteers, and donors are all working to improve the air we breathe each and every day.”
The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe commented “The organization is grateful for the opportunity to support an organization like the American Lung Association. The Tribe’s mission statement expresses a goal of making progress towards providing our families with education and healthcare opportunities.” The organization added, “Supporting youth tobacco prevention and smoking cessation in the larger community of Washington State through the American Lung Association is a positive step in achieving our shared goal of a healthy community for future generations.”
The Washington smoking cessation work has already begun and the comprehensive education program will continue throughout 2016.
Through education, advocacy and research, the American Lung Association of Washington strives to keep future generations off tobacco products.
About the American Lung Association of Washington
The American Lung Association in Washington is a non-profit, voluntary public health organization, working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease in Washington. Our programs focus on the areas of air quality, tobacco prevention and cessation and lung health. For more information about the American Lung Association in Washington or to support the work it does, call (206) 441-5100 or or visit www.lungmtpacific.org.
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