Press Releases

  • American Lung Association Statement on E-Cigarettes
    August 25, 2014 - The American Lung Association is very concerned about the potential health consequences of electronic cigarettes, as well as the unproven claims that they can be used to help smokers quit. There is presently no government oversight of these products and absent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation, there is no way for the public health, medical community or consumers to know what chemicals are contained in e-cigarettes or what the short and long term health implications might be. In extensive comments filed with the FDA in early August, the American Lung Association called on the Obama Administration to finalize its regulation to regulate e-cigarettes by the end of 2014.
  • E-Cigarette Use Among Non-Cigarette Smoking Youth Triples
    August 25, 2014 - A new study released today in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research shows an alarming increase in the number of middle and high school students who used e-cigarettes but never smoked a cigarette. The study also found that these youth were almost two times more likely to intend to begin smoking regular cigarettes as youth who had never used e-cigarettes.
  • American Lung Association Urges Adults with Lung Disease to Consult their Health Care Provider to Stay Current on Vaccinations
    August 20, 2014 - Children aren’t the only segment of our population who can receive vaccinations to help prevent disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination for all adults, but currently, many adults are not following this advice.
  • American Lung Association Helps Students with Asthma Return to School
    August 11, 2014 - A new school environment can sometimes be difficult for children with asthma. This back-to-school season, the American Lung Association highlights tips for families of children with asthma and stresses the importance of crafting a plan to properly manage asthma in a school environment.
  • Leading Health Groups Urge FDA to Finalize Rule Regulating All Tobacco Products by April 2015 and Reject Exemption for Some Cigars
    August 8, 2014 - In public comments jointly filed today, 24 leading public health and medical organizations called on the Food and Drug Administration to issue a final rule to regulate all tobacco products by April 25, 2015 – one year after the FDA issued a proposed rule – and to reject a proposal to exempt so-called “premium cigars.”
  • New Study, For the First Time, Details What Types of Cigars Americans Smoke
    July 31, 2014 - A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the first time breaks down the types of cigars smoked by adults in the U.S. and highlights why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must have basic oversight authority over all cigars.
  • American Lung Association Report Says Affordable Care Act Offers Landmark 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.
  • American Lung Association Names New Slate of Officers for National Board of Directors
    July 1, 2014 - The American Lung Association recently announced that Kathryn A. Forbes, CPA, has been elected Chair of the organization’s national Board of Directors. Forbes will serve a two-year term in that position, providing leadership and support to Lung Association staff working nationwide to drive forward a strategic plan to achieve their vision of creating a world free of lung diseases, including lung cancer.
  • American Lung Association Urges EPA to Heed Letter on Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard in Order to Protect Public Health
    June 27, 2014 - The American Lung Association welcomed the latest letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from EPA’s independent science advisory committee, which confirms that the current ozone national air quality standard fails to protect public health as required by law and should be significantly strengthened.
  • Leading Health Groups Urge Major League Baseball to Prohibit Tobacco Use at Ballparks and on Camera
    June 25, 2014 - Nine major medical and public health organizations have written to Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association urging them to agree to a complete prohibition on tobacco use at ballparks and on camera.
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