Healthy Lungs Index Page

  • Henry A. Waxman is a True Lung Health Champion
    January 30, 2014 - The American Lung Association thanks Representative Henry A. Waxman for his four decades of championing the lung health of all Americans. Cleaner air, better health and fewer people smoking are just part of his tremendous lung health legacy.
  • EPA needs to end the delay and protect public health from ozone
    January 21, 2014 - Today, the American Lung Association asked a federal court to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete the review of the national air quality standards for ozone as required by the Clean Air Act. The longer Americans must wait for the EPA to strengthen the standards, the longer they must breathe air pollution that shortens their lives, worsens lung disease, makes it harder for them to breathe, and threatens cardiovascular harm.
  • Lung Cancer Rates Declining
    January 9, 2014 - The American Lung Association is pleased to see the decline in lung cancer rates reported today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While this is good news, lung cancer remains the nation’s leading cancer killer.
  • American Lung Association and Other Leading Public Health Organizations Recognize 50th Anniversary of First Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health
    January 8, 2014 - Today, the American Lung Association joined other leading public health and medical organizations to commemorate the 50th anniversary, on Saturday January 11, of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health. At the event, the organizations issued a call for a nationwide commitment to "make tobacco history" by ending the tobacco epidemic for good.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposes First New Standards for New Wood Boilers and Furnaces in 25 years
    January 3, 2014 - The American Lung Association welcomes the proposal of new standards for new wood-burning boilers, furnaces and stoves announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA set the current standards for wood-burning devices in 1988, years before the first of the landmark studies that demonstrated that particles like those that make up wood smoke can be deadly.
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Screening for those at High Risk of Lung Cancer
    December 30, 2013 - Today the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) made a recommendation that will save lives. The Task Force released its final recommendation, grading annual low-dose CT screening for individuals at high risk for lung cancer with a B grade.
  • The American Thoracic Society and the American Lung Association to Co-Fund Research into Lung Disease
    December 18, 2013 - The American Thoracic Society Foundation and the American Lung Association announced today that they are co-funding an $80,000 grant that will support important research into the mechanisms underlying Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS), a rare inherited disease which affects a number of organs including the lungs.
  • American Lung Association Shares Five Secrets for Quitting Smoking in 2014
    December 17, 2013 - Most smokers say they want to quit and many will make a New Year's Resolution to quit in 2014. If this is your year to quit, The American Lung Association has five tips to help you along the way.
  • American Lung Association Recognizes 38th Great American Smokeout; Congratulates American Cancer Society
    November 19, 2013 - More than 43 million Americans smoke cigarettes, and seven out of ten smokers say they want to quit. Quitting smoking is hard, but with tools, support and a plan, smokers can successfully quit. We congratulate our allies at the American Cancer Society as they celebrate the 38th Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21.
  • COPD Awareness Month: Lung Association Report Shows Women at Greater Risk of COPD
    November 18, 2013 - Women are 37 percent more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than men and now account for more than half of all deaths attributed to COPD in our nation. The American Lung Association’s health disparity report, “Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women,” examines the nation’s third leading cause of death and its increased prevalence among women in the United States. For COPD Awareness Month this November the Lung Association is working to increase awareness of this disease and its impact on women.
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