Healthy Lungs Index Page

  • New CDC Study Shows Youth E-Cigarette Use Tripled in One Year; Highlights Urgent Need for FDA Regulation of All Tobacco Products
    April 16, 2015 - A new study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a dramatic increase in use of e-cigarettes and hookah by youth. These tobacco products are unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). E-cigarette use among both high school and middle school students has tripled in one year, increasing from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014 among high school students, and from 1.1 percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014 among middle school students. The results show that in only a few years of being on the market, youth use of e-cigarettes has now surpassed youth cigarette smoking.
  • Six Public Health Issues Affecting Lung Health
    April 1, 2015 - Healthy lungs are essential to a long, active life, yet according to the American Public Health Association, chronic lung disease is more prevalent and associated with a higher mortality rate for Americans than for citizens in other nations.
  • 27 Students Test Positive for Tuberculosis at Kansas High School
    March 18, 2015 - It has been reported recently that at least 27 students at Olathe Northwest High School in Kansas have tested positive for tuberculosis, also known as TB. Dr. Albert A. Rizzo, senior medical advisor of the American Lung Association, released the following statement:
  • Lung Association Urges Senate to Reject H.R. 1030 and H.R. 1029
    March 18, 2015 - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1030, a bill that would cripple the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to protect public health based on the best available science. On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 1029, a bill that would make it easier for representatives of corporations regulated by EPA’s actions to serve on the EPA’s board. Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement in response:
  • American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Teams up with Academy Award® Nominee Laura Dern and Author Cheryl Strayed to Raise Awareness of Lung Cancer in Women During 87th Annual Academy Awards
    February 23, 2015 - Today, the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative congratulates Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern for her acclaimed performance in the movie adaption of Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir “Wild,” in which she portrays Strayed’s mother, Bobbi Lambrecht, who died of lung cancer only seven weeks after being diagnosed. To help elevate awareness of the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, Dern and Strayed debuted statement jewelry featuring LUNG FORCE’s signature color, turquoise, on the red carpet and later, Dern donned a turquoise Badgley Mischka dress at the exclusive Vanity Fair After-Party.
  • American Lung Association Response to President Obama's Precision Medicine Announcement
    January 30, 2015 - Statement from National President and CEO of the American Lung Association Harold Wimmer, in response to the announcement today from President Obama:
  • American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control 2015” Report Charts Path Forward to Eliminate Tobacco-Caused Death and Disease
    January 21, 2015 - Today, the American Lung Association released its 13th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report that found that in 2014 the states and the federal government failed to enact the tobacco control policies that will save lives and end the tobacco epidemic. The report finds most states earn poor grades and tobacco control progress is at a standstill.
  • American Lung Association Statement on Obama Administration Methane Announcement
    January 14, 2015 - “We commend the Obama Administration’s commitment to take steps to curb methane air pollution and further reduce volatile organic compound emissions from the oil and gas sector. These pollutants threaten public health and we need strong steps to reduce their burden.
  • E-Cigarette Use Among Teens Surpasses Cigarette Smoking For First Time
    December 16, 2014 - For the first time ever, a national study found e-cigarette use among teens exceeds traditional cigarette smoking. The study, “Monitoring the Future,” also found that e-cigarette use among 8th and 10th graders was double that of traditional cigarette smoking.
  • American Lung Association to Support Lung-MAP Trial
    December 15, 2014 - The American Lung Association announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to help support the Lung-MAP project, a groundbreaking clinical trial in squamous cell lung cancer that brings together the National Cancer Institute, SWOG Cancer Research, the FNIH, Friends of Cancer Research, pharmaceutical companies and eight advocacy partners.
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