American Lung Association, National Rural Health Association to Host Joint Press Conference

Washington, DC (August 13, 2012)



The American Lung Association and the National Rural Health Association are hosting a joint press conference to release the Lung Association’s latest health disparity report, “Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities,” which examines the prevalence of tobacco addiction and exposure to secondhand smoke in rural communities nationwide, particularly among rural youth.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CT


National Conference on Tobacco or Health
Kansas City Convention Center
Press Room
301 West 13th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105

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This report provides an overview of existing research, as well as new analysis of national data that shows the disparity in rural tobacco prevalence. The report also discusses the environmental, social and cultural factors that contribute to a higher rate of tobacco use among youth and adults in rural America. It is the fifth report in the American Lung Association’s Disparities in Lung Health Series.

Rural culture in America perpetuates tobacco addiction, exposure to secondhand smoke and tobacco-related illness. For the sake of future generations, it’s time to break the cycle.


  • Sara Dreiling, Chief Executive Officer, American Lung Association, Plains-Gulf Region
  • Brock Slabach, Senior Vice President of Member Services, National Rural Health Association
  • Jennifer Cofer, Vice President of Public Policy, American Lung Association, Plains-Gulf Region
  • Bill Blatt, Director of Tobacco Programs, American Lung Association


About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.  For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

About the National Rural Health Association
The National Rural Health Association is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.