Press Releases

  • 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.
  • CDC Launches Powerful New Quit Smoking Ads
    June 24, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched new ads today as part of its powerful “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign. The “Tips” campaign has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Americans quitting for good and millions more making quit attempts on their way to success, by featuring real stories of just some of the 16 million Americans who are living with a smoking-related disease.
  • On Fifth Anniversary of Landmark Tobacco Law, Leading Health Groups Call on FDA to Prioritize Three Actions to Accelerate Progress against Tobacco Use
    June 19, 2014 - Washington, DC (June 19, 2014)— On the fifth anniversary of the landmark 2009 law granting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products, 10 leading public health and medical organizations today commended the FDA for the steps it has taken to reduce tobacco use and called on the FDA and the Obama Administration to take three urgent and bold actions to accelerate progress.
  • CDC: Youth Cigarette Smoking at Lowest Level in 22 Years; Youth Cigar and Smokeless Tobacco Use Remain Stagnant
    June 12, 2014 - The American Lung Association welcomes today’s results that find youth cigarette smoking has dropped to 15.7 percent, the lowest level ever recorded, in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Part of this record low is attributable to a significant decrease in cigarette smoking among high school boys since 2011, from 19.9 percent to 16.4 percent, which is also the lowest level yet for this group. Lower cigarette smoking among youth directly translates into fewer people that will die from tobacco-caused disease.
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