Healthy Lungs Index Page

  • American Lung Association Statement on Continued Cases of Enterovirus D68 Infection
    October 2, 2014 - Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a rare and potentially serious respiratory infection, continues to be a health concern across much of the United States. With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting confirmed cases in more than 40 states, it’s important to know the warning signs, when to seek medical help and how to prevent spread of the disease.
  • Making Government Subsidized Housing Smokefree Would Save Half a Billion Dollars Annually
    October 2, 2014 - A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published today in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease finds that making government subsidized housing in the U.S. smokefree would reduce healthcare and housing-related costs by $497 million each year. The savings would come from reduced healthcare costs attributed to secondhand smoke exposure; cost of renovating smoking units and fires caused by smoking. This study adds to the mounting list of reasons why the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must act quickly to require all multi-family housing under its control be made smokefree.
  • New Study Shows Steps to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Power Plants Would Save Lives by Reducing Other Pollutants, Too
    September 30, 2014 - Strong limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants could improve air quality and prevent an estimated 3,500 premature deaths along with other significant benefits to human health, according to a new report released today from Harvard, Syracuse, and Boston Universities. The new report, Co-benefits of Carbon Standards: Air Pollution Changes under Different 111d Options for Existing Power Plants, evaluates alternative approaches for reducing carbon pollution from power plants, and shows that limits must be strong, flexible and enforceable to achieve the greatest health benefits for the American people.
  • American Lung Association Award Recognizes Asthma Management Efforts in Schools
    September 11, 2014 - Seven schools in Texas and two in Massachusetts have been recognized by the American Lung Association for their efforts to create a school environment that is healthy and “asthma friendly.”
  • American Lung Association Congratulates CVS for Removing All Tobacco Products from CVS/pharmacy Stores
    September 3, 2014 - The American Lung Association applauds CVS for removing cigarettes and all tobacco products from all CVS/pharmacy locations across the U.S. This is an important milestone for the health of the American people today and for generations to come.
  • Lung Association Says Americans Have a Right to Know When Ozone Pollution Reaches Unhealthy Levels
    August 29, 2014 - In response to the final Policy Assessment released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, Paul Billings, Senior Vice President of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:
  • 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 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.”
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